Category: Around Town

Street Photography, Clarkston photographer, Taste of Clarkston 2018

I had my Photo Booth again for more street photography, Clarkston photographer again at the Taste of Clarkston 2018.  This is the 6th or 7th consecutive year I have been in the parking lot of the Clarkston News with my “tribute to Irving Penn” photo booth and background.  For each subject I ask that they make a donation to a local charity.  The local charity was DRAW Bucket this year.  We raised $63.  A bit lower than most years, but every little bit helps.

The background is a couple of sheets of 4 x 8 luan that I painted years ago.  With a couple of moves and in and out of storage, the backgrounds are getting a little beat up.  I don’t really see many of the markings in the final images and I really like the consistency of having the same background year to year.

The Taste of Clarkston is an annual event host by the Clarkston Chamber of Commerce and is held on Main Street right downtown.  There are dozens of local food tents with a wide variety of reasonably priced food and drink.  There is a beer and wine tent at each end of downtown.  The Lions even have a mobile TV with the Lions game showing, I share the parking lot with them.

I have a handful off people that return every year.  Some tell me they use the images for greeting cards.  Whenever I see someone I know I ask them to come in for a quick shot.  I write down their file number, they email me that number and I send them their images.  Towards the end of the day the crowd gets a little thinner, so this year I tried to get as many dogs and owners as I could.  I also try and cover as many volunteers and other helping out.

Family portrait on the porch composite

A friend asked for a Family portrait on the porch, with a complication.  Three of the nine subjects (one is a dog) were not available before Dad had to leave town.  I told her we could pull it off, get it done for her.  We scheduled the first shoot with 6 of the members and built a plan for where the three remaining members would stand when we shot for the second shoot.  Ac couple weeks later the final three members were available.  I put the camera in the exact same spot and luckily had similar lighting.  I sent Mom the shots from the two different days and she chose the two images to be put together.  It was a relatively simple Photoshop strip job

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Hometown Friday Night Football

My impressions of Hometown Friday Night Football and what it takes for a high school to put on a football game. The evening starts with the fans coming into the stadium, the concession crew getting ready and the players in the training rooms getting taped up. The teams come out under the field for their pregame warm-ups and then head back in to the locker rooms. In the locker rooms they go over their pregame strategy an get inspirational speeches from players and coaches. The speeches really are very good. The home team comes out of the locker room into their end zone with cheerleaders on either side some holding up paper banner for the players to rip through.  The teams then go to the sidelines and stand at attention while the marching band plays the national anthem. Some of the students even singing anthem although this week they got a bit off from the music, funny.

Hometown Friday Night Football game started in low sun with long shadows, moved into Sunset, into dusk and then into full night with the lights blazing.  The evening was cool enough for shorts for some sweaters and jackets for others. line was 20 to 30 people deep for concessions at halftime.

I did not get up into the coaches and commentary box for this game will have to do so next game.

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