Posts tagged ‘portrait’
What’s up folks? Just sharing some photos from a shoot yesterday with rising Oakland based hip-hop duo, Dope City Saints. The independent team of Kasi Rocswell and WORDUP have made quite the buzz, providing Oakland with Spark the Ls, a monthly artist showcase of talent on First Fridays. Be on the lookout for their upcoming projects and be sure to listen to WORDUP’s mixtape HERE.
If you’ve ever followed my website or my Flickr account, then you’ve probably seen many images of Do D.A.T. from The Attik. He’s been a mentor, friend and big supporter of my work for years. I’ve known him since I was 18. He makes music as a solo artist, but also apart of the crew, The Attik. My first time seeing them was an in-class performance during a high school class. They visited to invite youth to an open mic event that would be happening on a Friday night. I would see them perform a few times at different all ages events while I was in high school. It was great. When I graduated high school I got into a music program. Do D.A.T. was the artist mentor and since then I formed a close bond with him. Throughout the years that I’ve had to photograph him and the rest of the group during separate performances, last week I finally got the chance to photograph them together. I was very proud to be apart of capturing this image. I.Ameni, Sand Man and Do D.A.T….they are The Attik.
Shot this photo with the Panasonic DMC-L1 and Summilux 25mm 1.4 lens. This camera is an interesting case. It has a rangefinder style body, but is quite bulky, as is the lens. Together, they are capable of taking excellent, detailed images. The camera is quite limited, especially when comparing it to my E-5. However, I have found it very fun to use with the 25mm. More recently I shot with the Panasonic GH2 and m4/3 version of the 25mm 1.4 and I love that combo as well. Maybe I just love cameras though.
Today was the annual Hip-Hop in the Park in Berkeley. What is Hip-Hop in the Park? A free mini festival where you’ll find performers (emcees/dj), b-boys/girls and graffiti artists. This year I thought I would do things a little different. Normally I would sit near the stage and photograph performances. Today, I just wanted to relax in the crowd (minus shooting photos and handing out cards). I brought a strobe (White Lightning X1600) with me and decided to have myself an outdoor photo booth. I just bought a new beauty dish and today was the perfect day to test it out. I think I’ll be using this thing quite a lot. Hanging out with friends is always great! Making new acquaintances is great! Shooting photos is great! It was indeed a great day. Anyways, here’s some shots from the day.