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Flea Market Photo Finds

POSTED November 24th, 2014 UNDER Film, Gear

I was raised a Flea Market kid.  Most of my almost 40 years have been spent getting up early on Sunday mornings and pawing over other people’s stuff.  Flea Markets are my Church and I was raised on the religion of Bargaining.

Every once in a while I’ll find a stellar purchase.  It’s rare, but every so often you find something that makes you shake your head and go “how the hell did I find this for *this* price?”

That happened this season.

One of the first sellers we came upon had a large silver photo carrying case.

Kinda like this one.

It was sealed, but I recognized that it’s the type of case that wedding photographers usually have gear in, so I ventured over and opened it up.

Inside was a whole bunch of stuff:

There was a shade hood for a medium format camera, a basic light bracket, and a Mamiya grip.  But the most important thing I saw was a complete Lumedyne portable lighting kit; the flash, the battery, the battery extender, the cords, manuals, trigger voltage adjuster. . . everything.

I got that chill down my back that you only get when you see something that is unbelievable.  I quickly closed the case again and ran up to the guy selling the kit.  I asked him how much for the case of photography lighting.

He said “What?  What photography lighting?”

“The stuff in that metal case” I said, walking over and pointing at the case.

“Oh” he said. “I didn’t know what that stuff was.  Huh.”

So I asked him again “Okay.  How much for it?”

he said “I really don’t know much about it.  Make me an offer.”

At this point I was buying blindly.  The Lumedyne kit was made in the mid 1990’s, and it has a portable battery.  That battery could be dead.  The flash tube could be busted.  The whole thing could very well be trashed and I don’t have any way of knowing it.  I figured I’d make a low offer and if the flash was trash, at least I could get a cheap flash adapter and maybe I could find a use for the shade hood and adapt it to my Hasselblad.

“How about 20 bucks for the whole case?” I asked.

He kinda looked at me “Hrm.  How about $25?”

“Does the stuff work?” I asked.

“. . . How about 20 bucks?” he came back with.  If he didn’t know if it worked, I wasn’t going to go over 20 bucks.

I padded a $20 in his hand and walked off with the case.

I had a hard time concentrating the rest of the Flea Market.  All I wanted to do was see if this stuff worked.

 

Finally, when I got home, I plugged the battery in and let it charge for a bit, not knowing if it was toast or if it still worked.

I hooked up the flash, got it all ready, and turned on the battery pack.  It made that high-pitched hum of powering up.  This might work.

I popped the flash – it went off perfectly.  I did it again and again, and nothing went wrong.  The battery still had some juice left.

I brought it to the studio the next day, and it worked perfect with my radio triggers.

 

I just found a Lumedyne portable strobe kit for $20.  New these things are in the hundreds of dollars.

 

This is why I love flea markets.  You never know what you will find, even on a week-to-week basis.

All that searching eventually pays off if you look long enough.

 

 

Ali Manning • Headshot

POSTED November 21st, 2014 UNDER Friends, Head Shots, Photography, Promotional

Ali • Headshot

Ali Manning is a bookbinder, print maker and mixed media artist.  She has a studio in the Lowell artist mills.  She used to work for Nashua’s Great American Downtown.  She’s also British, so she has that fantastic accent.  I love talking to her.

I love the light, airy feel of this head shot.  I love strong, elegant black & white head shots.  I think they are so clean and crisp, and I really enjoying shooting in this style.  No distractions.  Just interesting people looking awesome.

I can do that for you too.  Let’s do it!

Visit Ali’s website, and go visit her at her studio during Lowell’s open studio days.

Greeley Park Tree

POSTED November 18th, 2014 UNDER Instagram Photography

There is a giant bellowing tree at Greeley Park in Nashua that you can walk under.

The arms and branches fall all around you and create a canopy that hides you from anyone outside the tree.

It’s amazing and magical.  This was taken while standing under it looking up.

 

Rebecca Dixon • Headshot

POSTED November 14th, 2014 UNDER Friends, Head Shots, Photography, Promotional

Rebecca • Headshot

Rebecca Dixon is the head of Great American Downtown in Nashua NH.  She’s into scooters and loves laughing and has a fantastic personality and a fantastic smile and presence.

I got the privilege to create a head shot for her that she’ll use for social media and promotion.

And when I say privilege, I mean it.  There is a wide, vast selection of photographers that someone can choose from.  When those people come to you because they love your work, it really means something.  It isn’t because they are obligated too.  I cherish every single person that selects my services from all the others that are available.  Choose the service that best fits your needs and you think looks the most awesome.

Visit Rebecca through her website.  Attend the incredible things she organizes for Downtown Nashua.  She rocks.

Finding Vivian Maier

POSTED November 7th, 2014 UNDER Film, Fine Art Photography, Movies & Films, Photography, Video

 

I missed the documentary “Finding Vivian Maier” when it had very limited theatrical release.  It just came out a while ago on DVD, and I anxiously snapped it up off Amazon.

It’s so good.  Watching someone discover the negatives of an unknown photographer and then what seems like overnight turning this photographer into a world renowned street photographer is amazing.  People are on both sides as to wether Vivian would have wanted this kind of attention, but her images are incredible.  Her story is crazy to watch unfold, and I for one and glad that her work was presented to the world.  A beautiful, crazy, detective-like documentary about a seclusive photographer and her amazing body of work.  Definitely check it out.  Pick it up on Amazon (woah!  for only $14!! what a steal!) Highly recommended.

Trailer below.