I had a shoot yesterday with Seth James. Seth is one of my favorite guys in the whole business. Besides the fact that he is amazingly talented, he also happens to be a great guy. He is also an Aggie, and that carries substantial weight in my opinion. ;)
He is a really genuine guy, and one of the funniest SOB's I know.
Anyway, the shoot went well. I have some stuff out of it that I really like. Seth is playing in San Antonio tonight so he will not get to see the pictures for a few days I would imagine. I hope he digs them.
I also shot a wedding this weekend, and I am working like mad to get all those pictures taken care of. Almost every portion of the wedding shoot was done in below average lighting, so that makes my job significantly tougher.
Aside from being busy as hell, Apple released a new update for the iPhone today. I wasn't thinking, and clicked the update button before I realized it. So I wiped my jailbreak and had to start over. Not too terribly bad, but still a half a day of restores and such. In the end, it helped me re-visit the QIK application that lets me stream video from my iPhone. Very cool stuff. I will give it a test sometime this weekend and see how it goes. From what I have seen so far, it is pretty decent.
OK, I have decided that I need a better way to get all my gear from place to place. When we go anywhere and I want to bring my camera gear, it poses a problem for me. We usually go places in my truck, and that means my gear has to go in the back seat with the kiddos. Then all our bags must go in the bed...and if it rains, then we have to wrap everything in garbage bags. That is lame.
So I want to get a cargo trailer. So far, I haven't found one like I want that is also within a price range I feel is worth it.
I also have always wanted a sweet old school panel van. Like a 78 model. So after thinking about it a little more, I believe one solid option is that I combine me needs/wants. I will hunt for a killer panel van to act as the Major 7th/Texas Red Dirt Photos Mobile. I can drive it to shows or events that I am shooting and leave plenty of room for everyone, as well as any bags we might have.
I want to get a wrap on it too. It would be my actual work vehicle.
I think it would be cool.
I will settle for a cargo trailer if I have to, but I really want a nice late 70's model van. So keep your eyes open.
Unbelievably, someone has taken one of my prints from the gallery. It was of Micky and Willie Braun. At least that is the only one I KNOW is missing at the moment. Those things cost me a fortune to print and ship up here. Now I am not going to even put the rest of them up.
Screw it...I will take them to the General Store and sell them. Or screw that too, and I will just ship them home.
Depressing and disappointing.
Anyway, I am going to forget about it and get on with Musicfest. I got plenty of sleep last night and I feel much better today.
Darren plays up the mountain tonight, so I have that cold-ass journey ahead of me. You can't imagine how cold it gets in a tin can at -7 degrees. That gondola ride is about ten minutes of misery that late at night. But it is SO worth it. The mountaintop bar is killer.
Running back and forth all day wears my back out. Thank goodness Doc is here. Ski with Doc, then get adjusted. Perfect...
Today will be another crazy one starting around 4:30. I think we end the night with the Randy Rogers Band tonight so that should be pretty fun. One nice thing is that the last show of the night is at the Grand every night...well nice for those of us who stay at the Grand I suppose. 8)
It means I can run up and put the camera away and hit the afterparties without having to lug all that crap around.
Last night was a long one...REALLY long. Great time yesterday, but stayed up way longer than necessary. Got up and made breakfast early this morning. Working on about two hours of sleep.
I also loaded some of the shots on my Flickr account (they should be showing up to the right pretty soon). I haven't done anything with them really because I have so many, and no time to edit anything here in Steamboat. So they are pretty raw, but the point is just to get some shots of what is going on around here.
Going to track down some aspirin, and then track down a cold Shiner...
Went to several cool after parties last night after the Artist Welcome event. Still haven't gotten the gallery up, but I will do that soon. I will also be selling some gallery prints at the General Store.
Today I will be hitting The Rockfarmers, The Robisons Family, Johnny Cooper, Stoney LaRue, Roger Creager, Robert Earl Keen, Brandon Rhyder, Cory Morrow and Waylon Payne, Josh Grider, and Micky & The Motorcars...then to the parties!
And on a very cool note, the Robert Earl Keen Tribute was released to the artists this week, and I have the cover shot! Exciting.
John Dickson told me he is going to try and get one of the big promo posters for me. Really cool stuff, and an excellent start to the week!
We just got all checked in, found my luggage across town and hit the welcome party. Good seeing everyone! Will get the gear ready, set up the gallery and start shooting tomorrow! Tonight is Shiner Blonde night for TP!
Got up this morning and dropped Kylie off at school. 32 and freezing rain. Now we are at the airport hoping for no delays. The weather here in Dallas blows. Lots of Steamboaters here in the terminal. Should be a fun flight. Hoping to get to The Grand ASAP and get to work preparing the gallery.
As usual, we have overpacked, or at least I have. Oh well, screw it. No worries from here on out!
Ok folks, if anyone gives a rip, I will be trying to blog from Musicfest again. Cell coverage is spotty at best in Steamboat, but last year I was able to post some pics and do some updates. I will give it a shot again this year.
Much of what I post is in a dark venue or in the freezing cold so ignore spelling errors and cut me some slack. Chances are, my cold beverage intake might also alter my state.
Bear with me for the first day so I can figure out the best way to get the post to come up properly. The Musicfest pics will start showing up once I post the first one.