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What'cha doing this weekend?

Mike Dorn and Sean Fitzgerald are playing at Trixie's tonight. Should be a fun show.

But then, Dave's here, and we have tickets to the Detroit Symphony. Rachmaninoff's third piano concerto, with Yefim Bronfman on piano, and Vaughan Williams' sixth symphony are the highlights. Peter Oundjian, the music director of the Toronto Symphony, is conducting.

It's summer, and there's always too much to see and do. It never rains, but it pours. Speaking of which, it has rained a lot today, and promises to do so tomorrow, which is par for the course here on Memorial Day Weekend.

I meant to write something about how disappointed I am in U.S. Congress lately, but ... well, how much of that do you really want to read?

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bonezman
May. 27th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
Shot a friends wedding (mostly candids) today. Likely DEMF tomorrow and Monday. I have VIP access so I figure I'll check it out and eat/drink for free. Free food and booze is good, no??
songdogmi
May. 27th, 2007 04:46 am (UTC)
Since when do you get into electronic music enough to go to the DEMF? :) No, it's cool if you do. Just surprising, 's'all.
bonezman
May. 27th, 2007 06:06 am (UTC)
You're not too far off base. I'm not a big fan of Techno, but I don't mind it most of the time. DEMF should be the better stuff that I won't mind listening too. Mind you, I'd never pay to get in since I don't have a love for the stuff. Being that I have VIP access I don't have to worry about wasting money on something I won't like. There is the added benefit of free food and drink in the VIP rooms (sort of like hitching a ride with Serrapere to Finger Lakes) so I save money there. Only really have to worry about parking. I can use the exercise (x10^32) so parking at Greek Town and walking will do me some good. One of the room mates is working for the festival doing sound and lighting, and the other has bar gigs (as a DJ) both tomorrow, 150 W Jefferson, and Sunday (Foran's on Woodward). I can crash at one of those bars if the DEMF gets too boring.

I'm just trying to figure out if I want to take the new Canon 10D Digital SLR or not. Likely not, but my shooting is getting good enough to make brownie points taking promo shots and getting the chicks to do what chicks do in front of a pro camera at an event like that. Still, I don't want to risk the pro camera when it might start making me money in the near future. The fetish troupe wants me to take over their still photography. Their other photographer is out for both attitude and his stuff sucks. The other potential photographers just didn't out shoot me when I was casually shooting at the last show I wasn't on the hook for for video (May 5th, Leather and Lace). So, it's unload the cards from the wedding and take the old point and shoot Canon A70.

Yawn.. Guess I'm tired.. Typing way too much.. Later..
songdogmi
May. 27th, 2007 08:33 pm (UTC)
The trip to DEMF sounds reasonable, then, given that you have connections "inside" and can maybe make some contacts with the camera. Hope you're staying dry.... As to camera choice, I guess it depends on what your second-choice camera is, and I don't remember what you had before the Canon 10D (which makes me drool, actually). If you can get good results with your second best camera, and then make contacts for photoshoots later when you're not surrounded by hundreds of thousands of your closest friends, that seems ideal.

Have fun!
bonezman
May. 28th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
DEMF is not so good. VIP is a bust. Got weekend passes and if I was not interested in seeing one of the acts (a DJ I know) and hooking up with a friend I miss a lot I would skip going Monday. It's not all that..

As for drooling over the 10D... Didn't know you were a Canon fan. It is a nice camera, but has all the problems of a 35mm SLR and more. It's a hand full, but you would likely enjoy shooting one. Their under $400 on eBay now. Mine was without lenses, but I have a 35mm Canon SLR that I just stole lenses from. The 1.6 lens multiplier makes even my nice and wide 28x80 lens too long to handle close in shooting for the clubs and models. Need a wide angle lens so I can shoot a model n stairs and in other places I need to be close to get the shot. Right now I'm looking at a lens adapter instead of more than I spent on the camera body for a good lens (even used). SLRs are so damned expensive till one builds up the inventory of non consumable equipment. I have a long way to go..

Later, Again...
songdogmi
May. 29th, 2007 05:15 pm (UTC)
Canons are cool. I always lusted after the AE-1 or the A-1 film SLRs, but never could justify it since I had a whole Ricoh system. I'm beginning to get antsy for a real digital SLR, and the Canon 10D looks like a good one in the catalog.

On the other hand, I have a Canon PowerShot A620, which is more or less a point and shoot with some extra features, and t's still doing nicely for me. In fact, I'm just beginning to experiment with some of the advanced features and I've had it for over a year now. I even just discovered it can take additional lenses.

At least you can balance the $$$ outlay for lenses against the outlay for film. But that only helps in the long run, not at the moment you're buying the lens.
bonezman
May. 29th, 2007 05:10 am (UTC)
Remind me not to do that again. The VIP pass was not.. I got a full weekend pass, but no VIP access. Food and drink prices were beyond stupid. They don't even allow water or water carrying containers in the festival. The only way I will go again is if I have a press pass and I'm selling photos.
songdogmi
May. 29th, 2007 05:08 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a real bummer. Well, maybe their core audience was OK with it. The water thing is particularly dumb -- yesterday was a warm sunny day and water is an essential thing on a day like that. I wonder if that's the policy for all the festivals there now, because that would suck.
animist
May. 27th, 2007 11:57 am (UTC)
Sounds like a great concert! I hope you and Wolf have a good time. Give him my best regards. But don't take him on a tour of Detroit! It's to dangerous!

Detroit Tourism Board's 'Hidden Detroit' Campaign Results In 24 Deaths

Take care!
songdogmi
May. 27th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
They should've had ME running the Hidden Detroit tours. I could've kept the casualties a lot lower.

(Seriously... ask Wolf about our trip to the Packard Plant...)

It was an incredibly good concert. Words struggle to express it.
ferndalealex
May. 27th, 2007 12:25 pm (UTC)
Your plans sound so cool!

I bought the Firefly series on DVD ($17 @ Target) and will probably watch that all weekend.

Oh, then we'll do some grilling Monday, if it doesn't rain. (God must not like techno music, it always seems to rain the weekend of DEMF)
songdogmi
May. 27th, 2007 08:30 pm (UTC)
It always seems as if the weather is iffy at best, and terrible at worst, on the last weekend of May. At the moment, it's lead-gray and windy; though we're between showers at the moment that won't last. A lot of unhappy picnics must be either in progress or abandoned early today. Spending it indoors with Firefly seems like a good choice to me.
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