Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA  

Alex and Accordion by Judy Burr, APSA, MPSA

January 2020 - Alex and Accordion

About the Image(s)

It was time to send something very different from what I usually do. I took this at an Old German Dance Hall in Jessup, MD. It was the site of the first Oktoberfest celebration in the US. It opened in 1933 and closed in 2014 according to Wikipedia. We went to what I remember as the final event in May 2013. We first saw and heard Alex Meixner at a Christmas Market in PA and were impressed with him and his music. He travels around the country with his band and he is always moving when playing. Thus, I found it hard to get a sharp picture of him. I shot this with an Olympus EM5 with a 40-150mm lens at 1/25 sec, f 7.1 and ISO 10000! We didn’t go to Blob’s Park often, but it was always great to hear the music in a German atmosphere. It was hard to get the color right and it is not as sharp as I’d like so I look forward to your comments.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
10 comments posted

Karen Harris   Karen Harris
I like this. You really get the feel of the moment. I tried cropping out the t-shirt because I at first thought it was distracting, but maybe it adds to the mood. Good job.   Posted: 01/05/2020 14:11:40
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Judy Burr   Judy Burr

I agree the T-shirt is distracting, but since it had the musician's name on it and I had already cropped quite a bit so I decided it fit with the image. BTW, I heard from a friend at Christmas that she has a cousin who is part of a 50 member alphorn group based in Germany. When i saw the picture, I thought of you.
  Posted: 01/06/2020 10:06:12

Bob Wills   Bob Wills
We sold Dorinda's accordion because it got too heavy on her neck and shoulders. I agree it probably isn't sharp enough for competition, and the background looks to me like those hideous (IMO) 1950's instant Polaroid colors. Topaz allowed me to blur the background and tone down the colors. Not sure if anything can fix focus yet in post.   Posted: 01/07/2020 13:02:59
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Judy Burr   Judy Burr
I like your modification! I think the background was supposed to represent some part of Germany. I was trying to keep it for PJ or PT which has to be what I saw, but could certainly play
with it for PID. I did in an monochrome too and put it in my mono group so it will be interesting to see what they say. I am going through my files looking for "new" pictures to work on.   Posted: 01/18/2020 10:58:32

Stephan Debelle   Stephan Debelle
I really like what Bob has done, the background is less distracting the the musician is really the center of attention. The t shirt also does not distract as it did on the original.   Posted: 01/08/2020 13:16:08

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Event photography lighting is problematic and you did a great job getting action stopped and a nice smile and good exposure. Yes, Bob's Topaz version solves the color cast and the tee shirt question. Since its someone whose music you enjoy, its also has the benefit of being a good memory.   Posted: 01/10/2020 21:46:44
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
Memories are important and pictures help us retain them. I've been going through old slides and they really bring back memories of forgotten things.I don't do event photography but tried a few weddings long ago and decided I would apend my time photographing other things.   Posted: 01/18/2020 11:03:36

Bill Foy   Bill Foy
I like Bob's treatment of the image. Took accordion lessons as a 10 year-old, should have taken piano!   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:18:35
Judy Burr   Judy Burr
At least you took music lessons! Our kids tried, but didn't last long. Our granddaughter is now playing the cello and our son has taken up guitar for relaxation from running a business. I can't read music, but love to listen.   Posted: 01/18/2020 11:01:49

Tam Phan   Tam Phan
Very nice picture.I like street artist.Thank you to let me see it.   Posted: 01/12/2020 21:31:23