Saturday Afternoon Street Fairs

This past weekend, I spent quite a bit of time in the city, more than I usually do if I'm not working.  I wanted to do some street photography.  I even managed to talk my husband into coming with me. We headed out to a festival called Atlanta Streets Alive.  On the way, we ran across another event called Rock and Ride.

 The band Yacht Rock Revue


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Learning new things, meeting new people and reuniting with old friends

Last Wednesday I took the opportunity to go to a workshop on DSLR filmmaking.  I should say THE workshop on DSLR filmmaking.  It's called Canon Filmmakers Live featuring Philip Bloom. He, Jon Conner and Cristina Valdivieso are putting on these day-long workshops around the country.  If you get a chance, go.  Really, you'll be glad you did. 



I didn't realize just how much of a big deal Mr. Bloom is before I got there.  I had read his website and watched some of his training videos.  Those alone are worth your time.  During the workshop he showed us a few clips of his finished work, and some stills of his equipment.  And one of him with George Lucas.  Yes, that George Lucas.  Apparently Mr. Lucas and his colleagues are experimenting with using video shot on DSLRs for their movies.  Which, to me, means learning the best way to shoot video is a good way to spend time.

He spent the day sharing tips and answering questions about process and equipment. Even though it's called Canon Filmmakers Live, it's not sponsored by or associated with Canon.  Bloom demonstrated several different kinds of cameras.

I don't think I've had so much fun or learned so much in one day.  You don't have to be an expert shooter or a near newbie (like me) to learn a lot from this workshop.

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Musicians and Friends

A little more than a week ago, I got a chance to hear a private concert at a friend's apartment. Lee MacDougall is a British singer/songwriter who's doing a 30 day U.S.  I've gone to hear friends play at small clubs before, but I'd never been to see an artist I didn't know is such a small setting.  My friend Shanna knows the singer's publicist/manager through work.  They arranged this concert in her loft when they stopped in Atlanta, on their way to Nashville.


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