Category: Photos

A View of NYC from Meadowlands NJ – Under Pressure

“Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out”

Heard those lines on the radio from superstars Queen and David Bowie as I snapped these photos of NYC skyline on Saturday. With so many of us (myself included) discussing the suicide epidemic that humanity around the world is battling, those words have stuck in my head, and I continue to send out prayers to the souls of those who were lost, and their loved ones.

“Can’t we give ourselves one more chance
Why can’t we give love that one more chance
Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (people on streets) edge of the night
And loves (people on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure”

A View of NYC from Meadowlands NJ

“Watching some good friends
Screaming Let me out”

Heard those lines on the radio from superstars Queen and David Bowie as I snapped these photos of NYC skyline on Saturday. With so many of us (myself included) discussing the suicide epidemic that humanity around the world is battling, those words have stuck in my head, and I continue to send out prayers to the souls of those who were lost, and their loved ones.

“Can’t we give ourselves one more chance
Why can’t we give love that one more chance
Why can’t we give love give love give love give love
Give love give love give love give love give love
‘Cause love’s such an old fashioned word
And love dares you to care for
The people on the (people on streets) edge of the night
And loves (people on streets) dares you to change our way of
Caring about ourselves
This is our last dance
This is ourselves
Under pressure
Under pressure
Pressure”

Dweezil Zappa show at the Wellmont Theatre. Good times!

Friends and I, after the 3 1/2 hour Dweezil Zappa show at the Wellmont Theatre. Good times!!!

Here is an abbreviated set list. There were instrumentals that I didn’t catch the names of, so they are not written in this poorly spelled document.

Flakes
Baby snakes
Zombie woof
call any vegetable
50 50
Absolutely free
Dog breath
Cosmic debris
Sleeping in a jar
Sleep dirt
Black napkins
Dirty Love
Keel it greasy
Cheepnis
Trouble every day
Cleetus awrutis awrightus
Pound for a brown on the bus
The Meek shall inherit nuthin’
Muffin man

Jane’s Addiction – NYC show – 29 December 2012

Jane’s Addiction show in NYC was nothing short of pure rock and roll magic and larger than life spectacle of cascading reverbed vocals, swirling wall-of-sound guitar, in your face drums, a bass bump you could dance to, supernatural lyrics with the mystical kitch of an Ouija board, nostalgic tales of love, reminiscence on the triumph of romance, beauty throughout youth to age, and Cirque du Soleil like trapeze artists dancing above the audience wearing costumes and masks lifted from a phantasmorgic mind meld of shamanistic psychedelia and boundary streching surrealism.

Biggest ovation of the evening is when Perry brought 2 NYC firefighters on stage and he announced that 100 percent of profits from tonight’s show would be donated to funds to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. ♥ you Jane’s!

Here is a photo that my friend Zach Lear took at the show.

Janes Addiction NYC December 29th - photo by Zach Lear

Here are two photographs of some paintings that Zach Lear did of Jane’s Addiction.  He has more paintings for sale.  If you’d like to contact him, please check out his blog.

Zach Lear painting of Perry Farrell

Zach Lear painting of Dave Navarro

Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing

Still Specs for Scanning Images to use in Video Editing
– Scan as close to 4000 pixels in either direction, without going over. For example, if you scan an 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper, it should be about 2909w x 4000h in total pixel count. This would be a dpi of about 363
– Avid and Final Cut Pro both have difficulty working with image sizes larger than 4000 pixels in any direction. 
– One dpi setting will not be useful for all scanned images. Please adjust your dpi so that is as close to 4000 pixels in either direction without going over. 
 – All images must be saved in RGB, not grayscale, CMYK or any color space other than RGB. Most systems will not be able to work with anything other than RGB color space. 
– File format should be either .tiff (TIFF) or .tga (Targa). 
– Tiff’s should be saved as 8bit, uncompressed, in Mac byte order. 
– Targas should be saved 32bit, uncompressed. 

This will produce and image file that can be used in SD or HD and be enlarged as much as 208% for HD and 555% for SD with out degradation. Also it will offer a format that is useful in, Final Cut Pro After Effects, Avid and a bunch of other software. 

A Film In Color | Band

On Sunday January 22nd  2012, I saw the band A Film in Color play at The Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ.  Twenty four hours later and my ears are still ringing!  I should have known better when right before the show, the band set up two amps on stage, then their crew brought in two more amps … after which they brought in four more amps, followed by them bringing in a few amp heads.  I’m pretty sure I lost count after nine amps and a few heads.

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

^ 20120123 – Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color. Photo taken at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ.  I sharpened this one a little in Photoshop. Also created another layer of guitarist and adjusted exposure on layers separately.

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

Alex Lee, guitarist of A Film In Color

A Film In Color

A Film In Color, Meat Locker, Montclair New Jersey NJ

No Smoking Turd, Meat Locker, Montclair, NJ

Beauty of the Unseen

“Beauty of the Unseen” – Photo by Charlie Kirby

In creating this image, I started with a photograph of a person, then I copied and pasted a small section of a reflection on the wall behind them.  Inspired by a phrase in a prayer by Baha’u’llah that there is a hidden secret beauty, in plain view, all around us – I got to work.  I brought that small section into Photoshop and blew it up to 1920 x 1080 to find the “hidden Secret” beauty within it.   Once in Photoshop, I played around with color balance, contrast, gamma and other image controls.  There truly is an unseen beauty all around us and we just need to find it!  If you would like to see this image in full 1920 x 1080 resolution, please click this link.

“I testify that through Thee
the sovereignty of God and His dominion,
and the majesty of God and His grandeur, were revealed,
and the Day-Stars of ancient splendor have shed their radiance in the heaven
of Thine irrevocable decree,
and the Beauty of the Unseen hath shone forth above the horizon of creation.

I testify, moreover, that with but a movement of Thy Pen Thine injunction
“Be Thou” hath been enforced,
and God’s hidden Secret hath been divulged,
and all created things have been called into being,
and all the Revelations have been sent down.”

~ Baha’u’llah

Here is the original section, before image editing in Photoshop: