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The Mississippi Saxophonist
The Mississippi Saxophonist

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Challenge: Free Study 2007-04 (Expert Editing*)
Camera: Nikon D70
Lens: Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.0-5.6G
Location: Golden Gate Park (SF, CA)
Date: Apr 28, 2007
Aperture: 5.6
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/1000
Galleries: Candid, Black and White
Date Uploaded: Apr 28, 2007

So I've been trying to get up the nerve to shoot more people in public. I see stuff going on all the time here in San Francisco, and think, "that would be a great picture", or "that's a classic San Francisco image". I was recently chatting with Padwrix, b/c I really respect how he captures life in New York, and he gave me some good pointers.

So off I went to Golden Gate Park, to a specifc part that we and many call Hippy Hill, with the hopes of practicing on my nerve and candids. Hippie Hill ALWAYS has a drum circle going, especially on weekends, so I thought it would be a good spot to catch some good images. After hanging out for about an hour, I finally got up the nerve to go over to the circle for some close up shots. This was my best image of the day I think. I felt like I caught the emotion of his face and how much he was into the music. I hope some other people enjoy it as well. As I finished up the processing, I thought about another photographer from the site, Goodman, and how much I thought that it reminding me of her images. I can only hope that people enjoy this image half as much as that great photography.

The day didn't go without the type of incident that makes me so hesistant to shoot people in public. As I was finishing up, one of the guys didn't approve and started shaking his head at me and mouthed for me to fuck off as he was playing his drum...that was my queue...hahaha! I knodded at the guy and raised my hands to apologize, which was about all I could do at the time. I actually got a few good images of that guy as well, so I'll probably go back up there next weekend and give him one printed out or something. Well, sorry for the long story. I hope some people enjoy the image.

Oh, yeah and the title. Mississippi Saxophone is a nickname for a harmonica.

A special shout out again to Pawdrix for the pep talk...big up!

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05/08/2007 02:05:56 AM
Enjoy this, some very good qualities. Shoulder burn hurts.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
05/07/2007 10:48:19 PM
Isn't that a harmonica?
05/06/2007 03:15:44 PM
Where's the sax?
05/04/2007 01:55:14 PM
Great use of shadows with the harsh light, perfect for b/w. 9
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05/04/2007 01:44:18 PM
Great B&W, very nice clarity. Good DOF
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05/03/2007 02:02:58 AM
very cool moment
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05/02/2007 07:40:06 PM
That is not a sax.
05/02/2007 02:55:04 PM
It looks more like a harmonica. Still a nice picture.
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05/01/2007 06:26:57 PM
Very nice tones.
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