"We are all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn't. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities, we are eaten up by nothing." ~ Charles Bukowski
Lisa Carver as “The Dying Mother” with Suckdog at Low Gallery in San Diego, July 2016
When Lisa Carver brought her Suckdog show to town last month I was ambivalent about attending but still probably would have gotten out to see it. Then I got (willingly) roped into driving her and her four-woman band up to L.A. the day after it so that made it required I show up. I took full advantage of the event and recorded Reviewer TV videos and shot photos of the Alternative-Popculture Star because few can argue she is anything but newsworthy. She may not be the Queen Of The Underground as some have accused her but she’s certainly the Dancing Queen.
While waiting outside Low Gallery for the doors to open (I found out later after calling Megan that the entrance was out back in the alley) I set my D5200 on one of its higher ISO setting of 6400 to shoot some photos of the neighborhood in the after-sunset streetlamp light of Barrio Logan with the Coronado Bridge in the background. Then when the show was going to start I began shooting crowd shots of the ten or so spectators that arrived to watch, keeping the settings the same. The idea was to use the camera mounted flash as little as possible so as not to distract the performers or the audience. I ended up using the flash a lot anyways but kept the speed fast. So the two pics below are a bit grainy but I fixed them and to some extent removed noise in Photoshop.
I had the camera-mounted tilt-flash on soft and in these vertical photos as in all of them I angled it towards the roof and used my cupped left hand as a block/reflector held above it to bounce some diffused light towards the subject.
I plan to begin setting up the GPS location info on my cameras because it looks like that’s been left out for some reason.
Both photos below were shot one after the other and were both vertical and full length but the one on top has been enlarged and cropped to reveal detail.
They were shot in quick succession with no adjustment and here’s the recorded image data taken from the bottom full-length photo:
Tamron SP AF 10-24mm F3.5-4.5 Di LD Aspherical IF B001N
at focal length 24mm (in 35mm: 24mm)
1/100 sec; f/4.5; ISO 6400; Manual; Pattern metering
Flash: Fired, Strobe return light not detected, Compulrsory flash firing, Flash function present, No red-eye reduction
I’ve taken my first tentative steps towards financial functionality with inclusion in the massively Libertarian community at Botcoin by opening up and account at Paxful.com, one of the “wallet” options at the Backpage.com payment page that were offered after VISA and MasterCard were removed due to Netherlands-based website’s alleged use of the traditional card companies as ways to pay for the facilitation of online prostitution in Cook County, Illinios, where they appear to have a huge problem with hookers. Their sheriff, Tom Dart, had Backpage.com’s use of credit/debit cards removed by complaining to card company reps with ONE LETTER, according to news reports.
Anyways, so much for freedom of speech or any other freedom I guess. Looks like to advertise for a traditional job or gig — like shooting wedding photos — you’ve got to pay with Bitcoin now, whatever Bitcoin is.
Hence my investigative foray into this whole murky world.
On paxful.com’s buy-bitcoin page it appears that they take Paypal as a means of purchasing the nebulous online currency. But then they go on to say something about you then agreeing that you don’t mind giving the seller ID:
“You don’t need to leave the house! If you have a personal verified PayPal account and don’t mind giving the seller ID you can have bitcoin instantly.”