500px have updated their site once again to bring beautiful new Profiles to their users. This feature is being slowly rolled out and I have to say, it looks spectacular. Similar to Google+, cover photos are the focus point with a redesign to their menu below; allowing you to jump between Photos, Sets, Favorites, Store & Statistics easily. They’ll be hosting a live Q&A at 3pm EST on Google+ today to answer questions and show off the new look.
I’m fortunate to call Barzin a friend. A long time fan of his music, I’ve photographed him a few times while living in Toronto. Today, Rolling Stone.com premiered his new track “All the While” from my his upcoming album, To Live Alone in that Long Summer and he was sweet enough to include one of my photos of him in this feature.
"At the heart of it, the song is about the desire for change," Barzin Hosseini tells Rolling Stone. “More specifically, it’s about our efforts, big or small, to regain something that has been lost. Through various means – art, sex, drugs, meditation, what have you – we are constantly trying to experience the everyday in a way that is new. And although we fail at it most of the time, there are small, flickering moments, when suddenly life enters our heart.”
Be sure to download the mp3 off of their site and pre-order his album through Monotreme Records. To Live Alone in that Long Summer will be available world wide on February 25th 2014.
Last evening, Rose and Sons celebrated their first anniversary by hosting a BBQ party in the back at Big Crow. In a quick 2 months, Big Crow has become my favourite restaurant in Toronto. Celebrating Algonquin Canoe trips and Open Fire Cooking, Anthony Rose, Rob Wilder and Chris Sanderson have done an amazing job at giving you a quick escape from the city life to sit down with friends for some incredible BBQ dishes and savoury sides.
Last night was no exception, treating their guests to a mixed grill menu and cocktails from Dillon’s Distillers. For those that couldn’t make it, Big Crow will be serving their HIBERNATION mixed grill from Sunday through Wednesday all winter long at $24.99.
For someone who grew up spending every weekend at her cottage, this place brings back nostalgic feelings of those winter weekends up north. To an incredible staff (Desiree, Ryan, Anthony, Hazel, Sarah and everyone else whose name I haven’t learned yet), thank you and Happy Anniversary!
Last week I headed to the Horseshoe Tavern to check out the Paper Kites as they headed to Canada and the US for their first time. It’s been almost a year since I’ve photographed a band and despite a weak back I was eager to get back into it. The Horseshoe is always a tough venue for a photographer due to the low stage. You have to get there early if you want a good angle to shoot from and filling my appetite with delicious sushi was my priority before their set. Luckily I made friends with the security and they let me photograph the band from the side of the stage.
Another challenge with the Horseshoe is the lighting. There’s a lot of red which is always tough to capture but it can make for some incredible black & white images. I brought my final set of images into Lightroom 5 and played around with some pre-made black & white presets to end up with this warm, vintage looking set of images.
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This summer has been crazy and I fell behind in my photowalk responsibilities. Luckily, that’s all changing now. Join me this Sunday for our next Drink and Click Toronto Photowalk starting at 2pm at the south east corner of Nathan Phillips Square. Our challenge this month is famous landmarks or famous people. We’ve been lucky enough to have a few winners from our city in past challenges and I don’t doubt that we can get another this month. You can find all info about our walk here and be sure to add us to your circles over on Google+.
What makes a good concert? Depending on who you ask, the answers may change. For music lovers that go to many concerts a year it can all come down to to a few things: The Venue. The Sound. The Lights. The Fans. The Love. The Artists. The Connection.
As a music lover and a concert photographer there are other questions I ask myself:
- Will the lights bright enough?
- Will it be (or feel like) an intimate setting?
- Will drunk fans spill drinks on me or my camera?
- Can I get there by TTC?
- Do I get more than 3 songs to photograph the band?
- Will I enjoy the artist?
- Will I walk away with “the” shot?
- Will the fans make me enjoy the show more?
It’s great having friends with similar tastes, and there are countless of music blogs to read but with more bands being introduced faster than (daily) new ways to make fun of our mayor - how do you keep track of it all?
Described as Yelp for live music, Syzzle takes all the guess work out of finding out what’s hot in your area. Now available in the Apple store in Canada, Syzzle lets you read reviews, follow bands, find the best venues in your city and more.
The team behind this app is currently running a blogger competition which ends today. One lucky music fan will head to San Francisco to attend the legendary Outside Lands music festival, and I couldn’t think of a way to test out this new app. Not only is San Francisco one of my favourite cities, but who wouldn’t want a chance to see Jurassic 5, Nine Inch Nails, Hall & Oates, Band of Horses and more play all together in one weekend? And yes, my musical tastes are that broad.
Not only are festivals are a great way to check out new acts but it can give you a better idea of how a band connected (or didn’t) with its audience. You’re not just playing for your fans anymore but trying to gain thousands more!
Be sure to follow Syzzle on Twitter or like them on Facebook.
Yesterday Adobe announced that Lightroom 5 Beta is now available for download. While there are plenty of new features, here’s a few favs that I can’t wait to play with:
Advanced Healing Brush: Now you can heal or clone using brush strokes. No longer are you limited to a circular tool.
Radial Filter: Taking a tip from Nik Software’s control points, you can apply an adjustment to a circular mask.
Upright: Correct askey lines automatically.
Smart Previews: Now Lightroom has the ability to store a smaller version of the original image within your catalog for offline editing.
Head over to Adobe Labs to download your copy of Lightroom 5 Beta. You can also check out a more thorough look at the new features by visiting Sean McCormack’s post on the Beta release here.