View From My Keys

View From My Keys :: Shetland Island beautiful Island of Shetland is located off the north coast of Scotland and takes an hour to reach by air or 12 hours by boat from Aberdeen. Norway sits to the east and Iceland is situated to the north west. Both Iceland and Norway are on my bucket list, but for now, Shetland is the furthest north I've been on Planet Earth. Click HERE for a map. I was armed with the Fujifilm X100, the X-Pro1 with the 35mm f1.4 & the X-E1 with the 18mm f2 (and a tenor saxophone). All of the photos on this post were shot with one of these cameras. This kit fits easily into the Think Tank Retrospective 7 (not the sax), along with my iPad, Zoom H4n audio recorder and lots of Fuji Batteries and memory cards. The in-camera panoramic above was taken with the X-E1. flight to Shetland was one of the smoothest I've ever been on, but probably the noisiest, due to the twin prop plane. It was early in the morning and there wasn't a cloud in the sky. There were more newspapers on board than people, most of which were the band. first arrival at Shetland airport you immediately reach for your watch and adjust the time to 1973. It's like an episode of Life on Mars (BBC). can be docked in Shetland for a while, so it's no surprise that these two decided to play tug of war with a white van, just to pass the time. rhythm section stand against the huge fretboard of the Warwick five string bass. Not the fist time these two have shared the same G string! The Mareel is a stunning venue that overlooks the dock & ferry terminal. soundcheck. It might look like specs of dust all over this photo, but it's actually small lights in the stage curtain known as Starcloth. the first pair of self harming jeans in Shetland! has an impressively low unemployment figure, but is plagued with one of the worst zombie problems west of Denmark. This one, known to the locals as Margaret, is a particularly nasty beast that can strip flesh off the ass of an ass in 28 seconds. to the airport and time to leave 1973 behind and head back to to the future. I'd like to return to Shetland for a longer stay and to concentrate more on photographing the island and its people. I'd like to do documentary projects on a fishing boat and maybe a local manufacturer that produces something unusual???. weather was a complete contrast to our arrival and it was clear that the flight of doom was imminent. crew demonstrate the procedures for the flight ahead. A flight that turned out to be the roughest I've been on. on the mainland and safe. The pilot did a fantastic job on this Buddy Holly style flight. The technique of tapping the wings on the runway to check for a soft landing spot worked really well. It was an interesting weekend and lasting memories were formed for all involved. I can't wait to go back to Shetland!

View From My Keys :: 9th March 2013 was good to leave the studio rehearsals behind and get back on the road to play to an audience again. the power of Grey Scull or by the power of electricity? Horsing around with a laser before the gig (left) and a fan gets close enough to feel the magic (right). say he traveled here from the planet Krypton in a mystical craft. Others say he came from Turin in an Alfa Romeo.

View From My Keys :: 5th March 2013

20130308-113159.jpgGuitar faces don't come naturally, they have to be practiced and perfected before unleashing them on today's public. The examples above are the 2013 faces that have been finely tuned and are on the cutting edge of what's possible from todays musicians. If you would like to be successful in the dark arts of facial performance, start by sucking lemons...that should tighten-up your embouchure. 20130308-113319.jpgThe shot above was taken with the X-Pro1 and the 35mm f1.4. The shot below and at the top of the post was with the X-E1 and the 18mm f2. All three were shot wide open.

20130308-113337.jpgThe mighty Hammond organ has been the cornerstone of many great rock bands through the decades! This XK1 replicates the sound of the amazing B3 that can be heard on countless classic records of the 60's and 70's. It's a beast!

View From My Keys :: 29th April 2012

This installment of View From My Keys is based around guitar machine heads. For those that don't know one end of a guitar from another, machine heads are those 6 (in this case) knobs that are used to turn gears, that in turn twist the posts that hold the strings. As the strings are tightened the pitch rises.

From a photography view, these were all shot with the X-Pro1 at 1/60th of a sec at f1.4 and 1600 ISO. I edited the three photos in Lightroom 4 using a split tone preset that I made recently for my wedding photography.

These shots were taken at AM Rehearsasl which is one of the best equipped and spacious studios in Scotland.

View From My Keys :: 18th Feb 2012

When I started playing sax I thought it would be great to just show-up, open my case and play. Fast forward a lot of years and I'm surrounded by a full music shop. Tenor sax, Guitar, 3 synths and 2 FX units. The laptop controls projections on a 7' circular screen.

One hour before showtime and the souncheck begins.

It's easy to see why he was such a successful male model. You might remember him from the Calvin Klein adds?

The gig begins. This is what we see from the stage a lot of the time, the audience is out there, but we see darkness.

View From My Keys :: 19th Jan 2012

I'm going to make this a regular feature. Like the title says, it will be views from my keyboards, at gigs, rehearsals...etc. This is the first rehearsal for the 2012 tour. It's hard to get back into the swing of things after a long break over Xmas and New Year, but time is flying by and it won't be long until the first gig. so here's a few to kick things off. Hopefully you will find a lot of the shots interesting as the year goes on.

It's been said that small songbirds weep with jealousy when Billy takes to the mic. They fall out the sky when I do!

This is just a bit of the spaghetti that I have to put up with. I'll post some photos of the full mess from the next gig.