Thursday, October 17, 2013

Watermelon Park Festival, 2013 - Shot With Nikon D700

I've been shooting a lot of live music and local musicians over the past few years. It's a wonderful project, and has helped me to meet a lot of great people, musicians and fans alike.
Every September, I look forward to the Watermelon Park Festival, held in Berryville, Virginia, about an hour from my home. It's a great time of year to be outdoors, camping, listening to great music. This year was no exception.
There will soon be a review of the festival written by Jim McWalters on the live music blog Cosmic Vibes Live. It will include photos from both Jim and myself.
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Here are my pics from the festival.
Impromptu Music with David Van Deventer, Danny Knicely, and Jared Pool, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 1600, f2, 1/125 sec.
The Plank Stompers, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens
iso 400, f4.8, 1/250 sec.
The Bumper Jacksons, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 3200, f1.4, 1/250 sec.
The Green Boys, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 800, f4.8, 1/125 sec. With Fill Flash
The Green Boys, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens
iso 800, f4.8, 1/125 sec. With Fill Flash
Watermelon Boat Float!, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 400, f8, 1/250 sec.
 
Dwayne Brooke of The Woodshedders, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 3200, f1.7, 1/125 sec.

Dwayne Brooke and Jared Pool of The Woodshedders, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 3200, f1.7, 1/125 sec.

David Van Deventer of The Woodshedders, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 3200, f1.7, 1/125 sec.
Dwayne Brooke and Jared Pool of The Woodshedders, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 3200, f1.4, 1/125 sec.
Larry Keel, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens
iso 1600, f2, 1/180 sec.
Larry Keel, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens
iso 1600, f2, 1/180 sec.
Aimee Curl and Danny Knicely of Furnace Mountain Band, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm f1.8 AF-D Lens
iso 800, f2.8, 1/125 sec.
 
Hoopin' It Up!, by Reed A. George
Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm f1.4 AF-D Lens
iso 800, f2.8, 1/2 sec.
 
 
This festival presents a lot of opportunities to test my photographic skills. This year, I took the D700, 20mm f2.8, 50mm f1.4, and 85mm f1.8 autofocus lenses. I shot in daylight, dark, with and without flash. The flash came in real handy in the dance tent during the day, as in the Green Boys shots above.
 
I will admit that I was a pretty lazy photographer on this particular weekend. This festival has become a great relaxation for me. I guess that's a pretty good thing in itself.
 
I do have some film shots, taken with my Leica CL and Rokkor 40mm f2.8, but the film is off at The Darkroom for processing. I'll share those later.
 
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This book (below) includes some great festival photography, including some by my buddy J. Milo Farineau.
 
(Click Here) to go to Milo's site. He's a master.