Monthly Archives: March 2013

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

Beer!

Happy Saint Patty’s Day, folks! I know it was just a couple of days ago that everyone was worried about getting stabbed 23 times; But now that we have survived the Ides of March, we can kick back a couple of beers with our pals and relax a bit.

I am not Irish, but you can still kiss me anyway; Don’t go and pinch me though.  I can’t afford the plane ticket to kiss the Blarney Stone and I am having a hard time finding a leprechaun.  I really need to catch one of those little guys and make him tell me where his pot of gold is at. Who knows, maybe I will get lucky!

If you are so inclined check out the article on History.com about St. Patty’s day

I will, likely, lock myself away in my home studio today and drink something stout while listening to some Flogging Molly or the Pogues. As a general rule, I do not typically go out on major drinking holidays. I know,.. so boring. Who knows, I may grab the wife and head over to the Chatham Tap for a round as well as some fish and chips! If you go out today, remember to be safe and drink responsibly.

On a closing note, I leave you with a traditional Irish blessing of good fortune.

“May you always have
Walls for the winds,
A roof for the rain,
Tea beside the fire,
Laughter to cheer you,
Those you love near you,
And all your heart might desire!”

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Beware the Ides of March

Cesar

In all serious, I do not think there is much to worry about; Unless, of course, your name is Cesar and you fear being stabbed repetitively(23 times to be specific).

“The word Ides comes from the Latin word “idus”, a word that was used widely in the Roman calendar indicating the approximate day that was the middle of the month. The term ides was used for the 15th day of the months of March, May, July, and October, and the 13th day of the other months. The Ides of March was a festive day dedicated to the god Mars and a military parade was usually held.” -Wikipedia.com

Julius Cesar was the first play that I witnessed and, consequently, my favorite of the Shakespeare pieces. Unfortunately, it seemed very lack luster with a bunch 13 year olds reading the parts aloud when I was  in school.  I would strongly suggest seeing it at a play house or theatre as it is a very strong piece to watch.

Unfortunately, the attached photo is a statue of Augustus Cesar and not Julius. (Photo provided by BigStock)

 

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Down the Rabbit Hole (Indiana Burners)

208508_602033043160069_1362710083_nOn Saturday 9-MAR-2013, the Indiana Burners held an event at Indy’s Jukebox to raise funds for a Burning Man Core Project. I was invited by a friend, whom is one of the organizers of this project, to share in the experience of this event and take photos.

INchanted Forest: CORE 2013
The Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) at Burning Man is comprised of dozens of wooden effigies created by Burning Man Regional groups from around the world. The CORE Project is a celebration of Burning Man’s Regional Network and of the work that groups throughout the world are doing to nurture and support the Burning Man ethos as a global cultural movement. This year, Indiana area burners are creating an “enchanted forest” to represent our beautiful region and ever-growing community of burners. Learn more at http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_core.html

It was a quite entertaining evening with many performances and DJ’s; And, the lovely, Harley Dren as the the Mistress of Ceremonies…  I was happy to reconnect with a friend that I had not seen in almost 10 years, Mojo the Human Freak (I love my Side Show Friends). Beyond the photography, I had a great time.


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DJs:

Psynapse, Justin Haus, Zach Main, Taylor Norris, David Owen

Performances:

  • Belly Dancing by Indy Tribal
  • Super Secret Sideshow featuring Mojo the Human Freak and Rash the Clown
  • Suspension performance by Kaa and Suki
  • Fire Spinning by Sacred Circles
  • Live Painting (with YOU!) by our very own lovely Martine

I am not unfamiliar, by any means, of shooting events and performers; But this is the first time I have done so sans a flash. Not to mention this was the first event I have taken my 5D Mark III to. I must say, that I was really nervous to shoot with out my flash but I also knew that the Mark III performs well in low low light. I did, however, have my 530 EX II but only used the focus assist beam to help attain sharp focus.

Previous events that I have worked were shot with a 1st generation Canon Digital Rebel or the Canon T1i; Neither of which are spectacular in low light action conditions. Both of these cameras use the pop-up flash for focus assist and a lot of  moments are lost in the focus hunt. The 5D Mark III , on the other hand, handled like a 1969 GTO Judge and powered through the event with more muscle than can be found in UFC gym.  I am quite pleased…

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