Gary Senise & Robert Irvine

8 05 2016

So Thursday evening at dinner with my friends James and Irma, James asks me what I’m doing the next day (James and I are working on some content for the Hearing Loss Magazine and have a photo shoot and interview to do this coming week).

The next thing I know, I’m eating bbq with him in the parking lot of BAMC (Brooke Army Medical Center, where my mom spent many hours in the care of her remarkable doctors and nurses) and photographing celebrity chef Robert Irvine (from Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible) and actor/activist/director/musician Gary Sinise (best known as Captain Dan in Forest Gump; currently starring in Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders)! I didn’t get a lot of photos because of the crowd, but here are some that made the cut. (The man with Robert and Gary is the Commander of BAMC, Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson.) Good use of my Nikkor 80-400 lens!

From www.garysinisefoundation.org:
In 2012, the Gary Sinise Foundation began building specially adapted custom smart homes for America’s severely wounded veterans through its Building for America’s Bravest partner program. Each home features automated amenities to ease the daily challenges these heroes face. In 2013, the Gary Sinise Foundation expanded these efforts by establishing its R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence & Supporting Empowerment) program.

For more than a decade, Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band have toured the globe in support of our troops. As a part of the Foundation, the band is raising spirits and awareness for military and first responder causes worldwide.

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Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine, from Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible series

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Robert Irvine being interviewed at the Gary Sinise Foundation event at Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC)

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Actor Gary Sinise and celebrity chef Robert Irvine

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From left: Actor Gary Sinise, BAMC Commander Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson, celebrity chef Robert Irvine

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BAMC Commander Col (P) Jeffrey J. Johnson presented plaques and t-shirts to Robert Irvine and Gary Sinise.

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Celebrity chef Robert Irvine and actor Gary Sinise

 





Published on www.relix.com!

25 11 2013

My friend and freelance writer/editor, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap about the ZZ Ward concert we saw at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. on September 28. One of my photographs accompanied her article, which you can read on the Relix website here

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ZZ Ward at the 9:30 Club

29 09 2013

I photographed ZZ Ward at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. last night with my freelance writer friend/neighbor, Nancy Dunham. She was on assignment for Relix magazine and I’m providing the photos to accompany her concert recap. I was shooting with my Nikkor 80-200 f2.8 and was only about 10-12 feet away from her, so I’m happy with the shots. The color was all over the place due to the gels on the lights. Sometimes she was neutral colored (top photo), the rest of the time she was pink, purple or Oompa Loompa orange—but that’s concert photography for you!

Learn more about ZZ Ward and her music here: http://zzward.com/

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Same time, last year: Kathy Mattea at The Birchmere

27 09 2013

Originally posted September 27, 2012

Just got back from a really great Kathy Mattea concert at The Birchmere tonight! Thanks again to my friend, Nancy Dunham, we sat in a great spot for me to get shots. Thanks to the lighting crew for spilling a bit more light on stage than they did for the John Hiatt concert last Friday—I was able to shoot at 1600-2000 ISO instead of pushing it to 3200 (plus adding exposure compensation!). I shot with my Nikon D300 and my Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. Mattea sang many familiar old songs as well as several songs from her newly-released CD, Calling Me Home, about her native Appalachia.

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Published: American Songwriter

19 04 2013

My friend, writer Nancy Dunham, wrote a recap of the Emmylou Harris/Rodney Crowell/Richard Thompson concert from last month for AmericanSongwriter.com. Five of my photos accompany the article below:

http://www.americansongwriter.com/2013/04/emmylou-harris-rodney-crowell-richard-thompson-review/

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Published: Country Weekly

3 04 2013

My friend, freelance writer Nancy Dunham, just wrote a piece for Country Weekly about Emmylou Harris’ plea to consider adopting shelter animals. She brought out these two dogs at the very end of the concert and I ran over to get a few quick shots before she disappeared behind the stage. (Wish I could have gotten both dogs facing front, but it was either this shot or one of the tan dog’s rear end!)

You can read Nancy’s article here: http://www.countryweekly.com/news/emmylou-harris-makes-plea-dog-rescue

Learn more about Bonaparte’s Retreat here: http://bonapartesretreat.org/

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The London Souls at The Hamilton

22 03 2013

The London Souls opened for Dumpstaphunk at The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. this past Wednesday. The band consists of lead singer/guitarist Tash Neal, drummer/vocalist Chris St. Hilaire, and newcomer guitarist/vocalist Stu Mahan.

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Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk band

22 03 2013

On Wednesday night I accompanied my friend Nancy (a freelancer writer covering the event for Relix magazine) to The Hamilton in Washington, D.C. to see Ivan Neville’s band, Dumpstaphunk, perform. Ivan is the son of music legend Aaron Neville. I virtually had unlimited access in this relatively small venue and it was GREAT to be able to move around, get up close and get some great shots. It was quite dark in the venue (as are most concert halls), so I was shooting with ISOs of 4000 and 5000, wide open, with exposure compensation added! Most of these were shot with my Nikon 80-400mm VR lens. While you do get some noise in your images at those higher ISOs, they do not compare with the grain from pushing film in the old days. I love digital!

On guitar is Tony Hall (photo #1), Ian Neville and Nick Daniels; on keyboard is Ivan Neville, and the drummer is Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyonce’s all-girl band).

The show opener was a band called The London Souls. I’ll have a few photos of this band in the next post.

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Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale with Max Gomez at The Birchmere

22 02 2013

Thanks to my friend Nancy Dunham, a freelance writer, I got to photograph this concert at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on Tuesday night. I also got to meet Buddy Miller, Jim Lauderdale and Max Gomez after the show.

I must confess that I hadn’t heard of any of them before, so I wasn’t familiar with their music. The Birchmere was the first stop on the “Buddy and Jim Tour 2013,” which showcases Americana/country duets by these two singer/songwriter/music directors. Their band member include Fats Kaplin on pedal steel guitar and fiddle, Jay Weaver on bass (Weaver is also part of the contemporary Christian band, Big Daddy Weave), and Marco Giovino on drums. It was a really great show!

Buddy Miller is a producer for singers including Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Robert Plant. He is currently working with T Bone Burnett to produce the music in NBC’s Nashville. Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy-award-winning songwriter who has written hits for George Strait, the Dixie Chicks, Patty Loveless and Shelby Lynne. He is the longtime host of the Americana Music Awards. Buddy and Jim are hosts of the Buddy & Jim Radio Show on Sirius XM Outlaw Channel 60.

The opening act was singer/songwriter Max Gomez, whose music was part folk/part rock and highly enjoyable. (I couldn’t get over how much he resembles Jimmy Fallon!) I told Nancy that I thought his voice was reminiscent of Gordon Lightfoot, James Taylor and Harry Chapin all rolled into one, with bluesy raspy tones woven in to make it his entirely his own.

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Published on www.relix.com!

19 11 2012

My friend and freelance writer/editor, Nancy Dunham, wrote a great recap for http://www.relix.com about the John Hiatt concert we saw at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA on September 21. One of my photographs accompanies her article, which you can read on the Relix website here.





At The Birchmere: Sam Bush and Del McCoury

19 11 2012

My friend Nancy and I had a great time at The Birchmere in Alexandria last night and I had a great vantage point to get these shots of legendary bluegrass musicians Del McCoury and Sam Bush. We’re usually seated mid-way back in the venue but this time we got spots to the right of the stage, not more than 20 feet away from the performers!

Nancy Dunham is a freelancer writer/editor and was covering the performance for a music publication. Thanks to Nancy’s generous invites, I’ve also had the pleasure of photographing and meeting Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap on August 15 (see photos here) as well as John Hiatt on Sept. 21 (see photos here) and Kathy Mattea on September 26 (see photos here), both performing at The Birchmere.

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Kathy Mattea at The Birchmere

27 09 2012

Just got back from a really great Kathy Mattea concert at The Birchmere tonight! Thanks again to my friend, Nancy Dunham, we sat in a great spot for me to get shots. Thanks to the lighting crew for spilling a bit more light on stage than they did for the John Hiatt concert last Friday—I was able to shoot at 1600-2000 ISO instead of pushing it to 3200 (plus adding exposure compensation!). I shot with my Nikon D300 and my Nikkor 80-400mm VR lens. Mattea sang many familiar old songs as well as several songs from her newly-released CD, Calling Me Home, about her native Appalachia.

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Friday night at The Birchmere

22 09 2012

I had the opportunity to do some photography during the John Hiatt concert tonight at The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA. He has such energy (he just turned 60 last month) and is the epitome of cool. It was a great concert!

Shooting photos in low-level light is quite challenging, but I have really come to enjoy it. Most of these images were shot on at least 3200 ISO, Nikon D300 with my Nikkor 80-400 VR lens handheld, wide open aperture in most cases. The gel lights were especially tricky and auto white balance wasn’t always the way to go, so I kept switching my white balance options to compensate for various color hues. Thanks to my friend and freelance music and entertainment writer, Nancy Dunham, for offering me this great opportunity to shoot concert photos again! Below are some of my favorite images from the evening.

In the photos below are: legendary singer/songwriter John Hiatt (top two photos), guitarist and Nashville producer Doug Lancio, bassist and singer Nathan Gehri (two members of The Combo) and the last photo is of Joe Pug (the opening act)

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Lyle Lovett at Wolf Trap

16 08 2012

Last night I went to Wolf Trap to see Lyle Lovett and his Acoustic Group perform. Nancy Dunham, my neighbor/friend/freelance writer, interviewed him last week for a music publication and he invited her to the concert and she in turn invited me. We picked up our guest passes and my photo pass, which allowed me to photograph from a designated spot on the sidelines for the first three songs.

Obviously, flash was out due to the distance from the stage. This didn’t stop some people in the audience using their iPhones with flash from 100 feet or more away! I definitely knew I had to bring my longest zoom—my Nikon 80-400 VR lens f/4.5-5.6. Next time I’m able to do something like this, I’ll be bringing a monopod, too (another photographer was there and used a monopod, but he didn’t have a powerful zoom, so I imagine his shots weren’t nearly as close as mine were). I braced myself against a wall and held my breath for all of these shots. I was also shooting at my highest ISO—3200—and wide open at 4.5. Some images were shot with exposure compensation, too. All in all, not too bad for handheld—in low light and variable light and with distance restrictions.

After the concert we went backstage to meet him, and Nancy introduced me as “a fellow Texan,” so that definitely helped to break the ice. Mr. Lovett (may I call you Lyle?) is as gracious, humble and down-to-earth as he is talented! The last shot in series of photos below is Lyle with Nancy. I highly recommend that if you have a chance to see him in concert, do so. While his upbeat songs had me bobbing my head and tapping my feet, I loved the ballads—heartfelt and passionately delivered.

I’ve told Nancy that I’m available “anytime, anywhere” to accompany her as a guest to a music venue; she’ll have her own personal photographer! Nancy, thank you, thank you, thank you for this opportunity. I’m a new Lyle Lovett fan and had a blast photographing and meeting him.

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