Its been a busy time these last few months, which is great! Ive been involved in lots of projects both as a photographer and a musician… I feel very lucky! One of the photography sessions I worked on was for a fantastic festival on the beach, just outside Valencia, In a place called El Puig. SolMarket is full of Foodtrucks, live music, market stalls and more. Check out their webpage here. So here are a few of my favourite shots from the past month.
A few weeks ago I bought a GoPro 7, and before the tec geeks start having a go at me, I know the GoPro 8 is coming out. The 7 has way more specs and quality than I need, so thought I would get one. The original reason for getting it was that I was going on a tour , and wanted something small and easy to document backstage tom foolery and get some nice memories for me and band mates. However, coming back home I haven´t put the thing down. Absolutely love it.
So here are a few screen grabs…. not even photographs. Thats the amazing thing. You can take any frame you want straight from the video. These are from a standard 1080 HD video Im working on. Even though the thing shoots 4k, I have been using the 1080 for file size and workflow. Lots more shots to come.
UPDATE: So after a few days of being semi successful I spoke to some friends and realised I needed to try this GoPro with a “Dome”. It is from a company called Telesin, check out the pic below, and It basically houses the camera and separates the water from the lens by about 5cm…. meaning that you can get these cool half in/half out shots. So here are a few more from today, using this dome. The shots with me in where taken by Emma, Im kind of upset because they came out better than mine.
We finally got into the sea and made a short video. So here it is . Amazing times on the Costa Blanca
I met Paloma last year when I did a photography session for a local Yoga centre here in Valencia. A year later and we managed to meet up, at 6.30am! Trying to catch the golden hour at sunrise…. unfortunately it ended up being kind of cloudy. Anyway, in the end we were really happy with the shots! Paloma was amazing and eventually some nice light came through the clouds. All these shots where taken on a Sony A7ii, with a Sony 85mm 1.8f lens (my favourite by far). Some off set flash was used on a few of the shots.
Paloma is amazing, go and check her website out where you can find loads of info on her Yoga / surf retreats in Nicaragua, Bali and North Carolina. Click here for info. Thanks
A few weeks ago we got to see Tonia live at Palo Market Fest, Valencia. She was performed a couple of times over the weekend, but my favorite formation was with her band “The Secret Investment” . With Tito Bonacera (bass, guitar, keys, samplers & Loops) and Casper St. Charles(drums). Absolutly stunning band mixing so many influences from Neo Soul, Jazz, Funk, hip hop. You can check out what she is doing here .
All these shots were taken on a Sony A7ii with a Sony 85mm 1.8f lens.
I´m very happy to announce my first collection of photographs to be released in printed book form! “Sounds From Valencia”. At the moment it is available in hardcover, on high quality paper. But will shortly be available in a more affordable softcover and PDF version. At the moment you can preview it at Blurb Books here, and will soon be available on Amazon too!
This was one we wont forget! Two brilliant groups I would definitely check out if you get the chance!! Im not going to get into reviewing the bands, as I don´t think I would do them justice, I just wanted to share some shots ( Ill put some video up too when I get the chance). KOLARS describe their music as “ Desert Disco, Space Blues and Glamabilly “. Sooooooo good! Love them!
Fantastic Negrito has had a long career , and for a time left the music business. He´s back with force in the last few years, winning a Grammy in 2017 for Best Contemporary Blues Album. He describes his sound as “ black roots music for everyone” … brilliant !! If anyone says blues is dead, they obviously haven´t heard this guy! If you went to the gig, or any other gigs of theirs, let me know what you thought!
Ahhhh, almost forgot! The venue, 16 Toneladas ! Top place in Valencia, with the best sound, for the public and on stage as a musician! Really worth checking out gigs there.