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OK, this is totally off topic, but I’ve had so many people ask me here on the blog if I had a recording or a video of my band, “Big Electric Cat” and I didn’t have one…until now. I ran across a DVD taped two years ago at B.B. Kings Bar & Grill. My foot was in a cast (note the crutches on the left behind me) , so I had to sit most of the time (I don’t like to sit when I play), but at least I found it.

It’s us playing the last song of the night — it’s kind of our trademark song, originally recorded by Mother’s Finest, it’s called “Baby Love.” The audio mix is pretty lame, as is the lighting, but you still at least kinda get the idea. So, without further ado (yes, that was “ado”) here is Baby Love performed by Big Electric Cat (From L to R: Tony Llanes on Guitar, Felix Nelson on Bass, Kalebra on Vocals, Scott Stahley on Drums, and me on Keyboards).

Hi Gang: I just got back from the Bucs vs. Colts Monday Night football game (it was awesome!), but I just walked in the door and it’s 1:24 am in the morning. I’m downloading the images from the game in the background, because no matter how tired you are, you must always at least take a brief look at your images to see if you really did capture that touchdown pass in the end zone, or did the ref walk right in front of you.

(Above: Our good friend Ken Toney snagged this image of me on TV, right behind the word ESPN on the left, shooting from the end zone. Man was it hard shooting over those letters). ;-)  Sadly, Ken did not win the Spot Scott Competition, because others beat him to it. I’ll determine the winners later today).

The post that was not to be….
I had grand plans of writing a blog post when I got home showing a more personal side of my Tampa Photo Walk, but sadly that will have to wait until Thursday or Friday, as I’m whipped from a whirlwind day at work, and the game tonight, and now (well, a bit later today) I’m flying to Houston, Texas for my “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch It” seminar there on Wednesday (hey, if you’re not signed up yet, it’s not too late to go—here’s the link).

I guess the reason I’m telling you all this is that I’m not doing that really cool post I had planned, and instead I offer you “Lame/Late/Light Blog Tuesday” which I realize is both light and lame, but I really don’t have a great back-up plan (plus, I’m battling a mosquito that snuck in the door with me when I came in a few minutes ago, and that’s not making things easier).

I do, however, hope you all have a magnificent Tuesday filled with all the joys only a Tuesday can bring (I have no idea what that means. Can you tell it’s really late at night?).

Cheers,

-Scott, the Sleepy Bear, Kelby
Red ballcap, yellow monopod, jeans and kneepads. It’s what all the cool kids are wearing. ;-)

P.S. Stacy Tuggle, who follows me on Google+, totally nailed the High Def shot, and posted it on G+ (it’s shown below). Thanks Stacy! That’s worth a signed book! :)

Here’s one more for the road (well, three really), from Kirk Howard on Google+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/103739365516449391254/albums/5659485839070640817

OK, I am super psyched because tonight I’ll be shooting on the sidelines at the Monday Night Football Game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa.

Monday Night Football is a grand sports tradition here in the USA, and it’s broadcast nationwide (as its the only pro football game that airs on Monday night—-all the rest play on Sunday), and I know a lot of you will be watching, so I thought I would create this handy “Scott Spotting Guide” just in case I get creamed by a receiver (or if Josh Freeman breaks my monopod). ;-)

Brad Has Re-Pimped Out my Monopod
To make “Scott Spotting” easier, Brad has removed the red flames tape and replaced it with bright yellow tape around the top section of my monopod, so if I show up on camera (which I do from time to time), you’ll be able to see that it’s me. Oh but there’s more…

Adding a Colorful Ballcap
I went to my closet to find a colorful ball cap to help make me easier to spot, but as you can see in this iPhone photo, apparently all I have is black ball caps. So, I went to the mall and picked up the red ballcap you see in the photo at the top of the page at a Sporting Goods store. So, red ballcap and yellow monopod. I’ll look like a small firetruck with a 400mm lens.

Where I’m likely to be on the field:
I generally shoot from these two areas:

(1) The End Zone (there’s less chance of refs, the chain gang, video crews, and the guy with the giant blue parabolic mic walking in front of your shot)

(2) Between the 15 yard line and the goal line.

I also go out on the field immediately after the game to grab a few close-up shots of players celebrating / agonizing at center field. I’d be shooting something more wide angle at this point.

Let’s make it interesting
The first three people who taks a photo of their TV Screen where you can see me, and post it either to my Facebook page (link), Tweets me with the photo (link), or posts it to my Google+ page (link) gets a signed copy of my new book, “Light it, Shoot it, Retouch it.”

However…
If I get flattened by a player during the game, the first person to visit me in the hospital (besides my wife), gets my entire CS5 Photoshop and Photography book library. I’m hoping we don’t have a winner for this one.

Can’t wait to share the shots with you guys tomorrow (provided I get any decent ones). Have a great Monday, and we’ll see you tonight. Well, you know what I mean. :)

Hi Gang: Google+ (which I just saw today referred to as “a photographer’s paradise” by another G+ user), is now open to the public, and I’d like to invite you to follow me (well, add me to your circle) there.

I post more often there than anywhere else, because the whole community and concept is so conducive to photographers, and if you haven’t had a chance to try it…well…now’s your chance. Plus, it’s free which is sweet!

Here’s the link to my Google+ page.

http://kel.by/onGplus

I hope you’ll stop by if you get a chance. :)

Cheers,

-Scott

….about something pretty cool. It’s cool and it’s free. It’s CAF.

Now, you should know that it’s not the announcement of the Worldwide Photo Walk (though that’s coming very, very soon). But I am involved in it (in a small way), but I think you’ll dig it, so if you can—-stop back by just after 1:00 PM (EDT) to read the full announcement.

Hi Gang: As you read this, I’m on my way back home from our annual family vacation to Kennebunkport, Maine (my wife chose Maine a few years back because we live in the scorching Florida heat, and at this time of year Maine is a place that’s easy to get to where it’s nice and cool every day (we actually had to wear sweaters after dusk). So, we came for the weather, and but then fell in love with the people and the place. Maine is awesome).

I’m off tomorrow for my new two tour dates in Canada (Calgary and Vancouver), so I don’t have a lot of time to blog but I thought I’d at least share a few photos from the trip (Including the HDR photo above, taken in the lobby of a boat house where we went for a two-hour harbor tour on the two-masted Schooner The Eleanor. Perfect weather for sailing and the kids absolutely loved it.

The HDR shot was hand-held in low light (I braced myself on a wall, and had to shoot the 5-shot bracketed image four or five times to get one full set fairly in focus). I processed it using Photomatix Pro and Nik Software’s Color Efex Pro 3.0).

What I didn’t want to do
I’ve been coming to Kennebunkport for years now, so I’ve shot every lighthouse to death, along with every little quaint harbor with row boats on glassy water at sunset (if you want to see those shots, click my Portfolio link on the top left, then go to my Travel category), so I was determined not to shoot that stuff, but unfortunately that stuff is everywhere here, so I didn’t take any “Non-family vacation shots” until about 8 days into the trip (more on that in a moment). I did a lot of nothing. Sitting by the lake, reading books, playing with the kids, playing golf, shopping, and hanging out with the 13 family members that were here with us (you’re never alone when there’s 13 of you), and one night we had a dinner to celebrate my birthday (hey, you want to do it up right—30 years old—-that’s a big one). ;-)

(Above: Photo by my wife Kalebra using her iPhone)

“Borrowing” photos from my wife
The photo you see above, was actually taken by my wife Kalebra using her trusty iPhone (I’m continually amazed at what she gets out of her phone’s camera). That’s our daughter Kira, sound asleep on the boat, on the way back in to port. My wife loved the colors, and that just a little sliver of her face was showing, so I asked her if I could share it here with you on the blog, because it’s my favorite photo from the entire trip.

(Above: Photo by my wife Kalebra using her iPhone)

While I was “borrowing” her iPhone photos, I asked if I could share this one (above) of hers, too because I just particularly liked the color and composition. It was taken on the schooner (I guess that’s pretty obvious) while we were out at sea.

Shooting with my buddies Scott & Mark
Each year that I’ve come up here, I wind up hanging out with two of my buddies Scott Eccleston and his photography business partner Mark Hensley (both of whom I met on my first trip up there back in July of 2007). Totally great guys, and this time around my son Jordan came along with this, and while I didn’t get dink, we all laughed our way around about 200 miles of Maine Coast line in search of some place for me to shoot long exposure Black and White images. Ideally, you’d have a old dock with just pilings, or a old shipwreck, or a pier, or something extending out into a fast moving lake or ocean so you can leave the shutter open for like three or four minutes, and turn the water into an almost silky look.

Well, we tried and while we didn’t really come up with an ideal spot (I like to blame Scott & Mark, because as a photographer, our sworn tenet is to blame others for shots we missed), we did have a yummy dinner at Federal Jack’s Brew House, so the night wasn’t a total bust.

While I was there, I did tape a video tip for Scott’s “Weekly Photo Tips” blog (link), and during the tip taping I took the long exposure black and white photo you see above. Nothing great for sure, but at least I got to show the technique, which includes using a 10-step Neutral Density filter (so you can keep the shutter open that long during the day), and a bunch of little camera techniques and tips (like keeping the viewfinder covered during the exposure so ambient light doesn’t sneak in and ruin your exposure). As soon as Scott posts the tip, I’ll be sure to link to it here.

I went searching another night for a perfect subject for long exposure black and whites but came up empty handed again (it was a tide problem. Again, notice the subtle assignment of blame, this time on mother nature). However, while I was there, I turned around and saw this grassy area with a great sky above, and snagged this simple image (shown above) which for some reason I just really like. It’ll probably never be seen by anyone again, but I figured I’d share it here just the same.

Now, it’s back to work time
Well, I can’t relax for long, because I’m off to Canada tomorrow (glad I had 10 days with my family first), and I’m looking forward to getting back home after this leg of the tour, hanging out again with my wonderful wife and kids, playing fetch with Maggie the Wonder Dog, and sleeping in my own bed (yay!). Have an awesome Monday everybody (even though I’m fully aware that “awesome Monday” is an oxymoron).

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