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Hi there! I'm Lynne, one of the Administrators of the Photography group. I want to welcome you and encourage you to share your photos, ask questions, and become active with The Root 66!! What a great Arts community!!
I caught the "fever" when I was in High School. (many, many years ago!) I got my first 35mm camera from a friend that I loaned money to and that was the only way she could pay me back. (No, I didn't send "Cousin Guido" after her!) Her husband was in a band "Albatross" and I started with photographing them. Then I started going to "real" concerts (Ted Nugent, Heart, Journey, Rush to name a few) and the rest as they say, is history.
I LOVE photographing musicians. Their movement, facial expressions, the lighting, and of course the music gives me a natural "high". I love it. I love the excitement, the escape. Share your stories with us! We'd love to read about them!

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Lynn,

I think a lot of us who have been in the industry for more years than we care to state, started out very unexpectedly; if not humbly. My first camera was a Kodak Brownie, and it was a special treat to use my dad's 35mm Conaflex range finder camera on family vacations. The number of rolls of Kodak Kodachrome I went through makes me shudder. However, I was hooked the minute I took my first "picture" on my Brownie.

My first 35mm SLR was a graduation gift when I graduated from 8th grade. This way I would be able to capture images for the HS Newspaper and Yearbook (I already had the job) without having to drag my dad's 4x5 around or borrow the 2 1/4x3 1/4 Speed Graphlix from him.

I gave up the business for a few years - burn out - and came back with new focus (no pun intended) and vision in 2007. Been going strong since and am loving it more every day. Photography is fun again and this is the way it should be.

Rich
My "first" was (ok, I'm going to show some age here!) from the front row, center, at a Journey concert. Steve Perry, Neal Schon, Ross Vallory and Jonathan Cain and Steve Smith. At that time, they were IT. When I got my pictures back from fotomat or whoever developed them, my heart just melted and it was then that I knew, I was hooked!!
Eli Roman said:
Hello to everyone, lynne, richard and the rest of you who love the thrill of that "perfect " shot...

i enjoy doing stills for film and photography agencies and have worked with some of the best in l.a..... not bragging...just grateful to get paid for doing something i would do for free. i have worked with sal zaentz productions, lucusfilms 2nd unit, walt disney productions and imax corp in l.a., utah and colorado.

does anyone here remember their first ? i mean..that first shot that made you feel that this was "in you" ? mine was a sunset at a rest stop in west texas ( mingus ? maybe ) . sounds corny but it is one of my best. i think i was 10.

i've been at it seriously since my early 20's and thats over 20 years now !

eli
Hi Eli,

Yeah, my first... my real first "in me" shot was somewhere in the Rockies and was an early evening shot (not yet sunset) where we had pulled off the road to decide exactly where we were. It had the grandest mountains in the background reflected in a mirror-like mountain lake with a deep blue sky in it and a few puffy clouds. Wish I could find the Chrome of this image (I've been digging for years) as it is to this day one of my favorites. I think I was 9 when I took it.

Ironically, when I really worked in the business the first time, it was far from the landscape and nature work I wanted to do. Instead, I specialized in weddings, portraits, seniors, and beauty pageant work. Today, I have come back to my first "in me" love. Interesting how things come full circle.

Rich

Eli Roman said:
Hello to everyone, lynne, richard and the rest of you who love the thrill of that "perfect " shot...

i enjoy doing stills for film and photography agencies and have worked with some of the best in l.a..... not bragging...just grateful to get paid for doing something i would do for free. i have worked with sal zaentz productions, lucusfilms 2nd unit, walt disney productions and imax corp in l.a., utah and colorado.

does anyone here remember their first ? i mean..that first shot that made you feel that this was "in you" ? mine was a sunset at a rest stop in west texas ( mingus ? maybe ) . sounds corny but it is one of my best. i think i was 10.

i've been at it seriously since my early 20's and thats over 20 years now !

eli
Sure do! Used them a lot in the early days.

Eli Roman said:
oh, wow....i totally forgot that i worked at a fotomat the summer between high school and college. does anyone remember those little satellite fotomats that were on every street corner for a short amount of time ? you just drove thru . they were tiny and i think i spent way too much time checking out others pics and that was a no-no.

eli
Today is Day 4 of SXSW Music here in Austin. I'm exhausted, but ready for more!! I plan to attend Rachel Ray's party at Maggie Mae's (the NY Dolls are playing there!) and many more bands that I don't know, but that's what's so fun about SXSW-- hearing/seeing new bands!

I attended the Little Steven's Underground Garage/Wicked Cool Records party at Antones yesterday. Saw Living Things, the Chesterfield Kings and Arc Angels there. Before that I was invited to 107.1 KGSR's music lounge show with Tori Amos, Ben Harper and the Arc Angels. Yes. Arc Angels twice in one day at 2 different venues. Only in Austin! Wait til you hear Ben's new cd! It comes out the first week of May. He has a whole new band and ROCKS it!! I'm not much for Tori's music, although it's beautiful. ( i gotta have a rockin' beat going!) I like her stage presence how she captivates her audience. Phenomenal.

Thursday I attended the Gibson Guitar party at Maggie Mae's. There I saw Mark Jungers, Ethan somebody (sorry), Randy Rogers, Bruce Robison with his full band and the Gougers. Fun times. Later Thursday evening I saw and met Miss Pamela DesBarres (if you don't know who she is, google her for some rock culture!) We heard some readings from her new book. Then I went to an "un-official" SXSW show by Topaz and Mudphonic. They are my newest band to follow.

Wednesday evening was the Austin Music Awards. It's Austin's Grammy's. My good friend Van Wilks won Best Electric and Acoustic Guitar. I've been nudging him to join Root 66, but now I'll probably have to go through his press secretary!! lol Bob Schneider, Susanna Choffel, Carolyn Wonderland, Nakia, Ruthis Foster, Shaun Sahms, Roky Erickson also played. Good times!

Will post pics as soon as I can sit long enough to edit and pick out my favs. Stay tuned........

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