Even though the weather has been good this past week, it’s time to leave Oslo behind and fly south to photograph the ESpanish Blues Festival. I am very excited to be working with the crew from ESBF in Madrid again! Last year I had a great time at the event...Read More
I think we all want good photos of ourselves and on social media especially we want to have photos as proof that we were at an event and part of the party. I find that a quick snapshot with your phone is fine to mark a point in your life, but usually doesn’t produce a memorable photo orRead More
The galleries on my site feel a bit random to me so I have started transitioning them into something a bit more directed. I have added a portrait gallery where I want to showcase my best work. I want to continue to transition my site to a collection of only my best work.
My goal is to eventually have a gallery for vertical portraits, horizontal portraits, dance events, other events, landscapes, travel photography, and fun projects. Each of these galleries will contain 8 to maximum 12 photos. This will hopefully transition my site into something more focused and cohesive.
Let me know if you think I missed a category of my photography that you like or that you think I should get into in the comments below.
SeanBeardMoose.com/portrait - gallery of portraits
I am organizing a blues dance festival called Moose Blues at the end of May and this year our theme is Trolls. I want to share two related pictures I captured in Stavanger on the west coast of Norway.
I was walking around the city taking photos and being very touristy in general but there was one thing in particular that I wanted to do. I had been there once previously and in the center of town there is one street where all the buildings are painted in all sorts of vibrant, brilliant colors. All the houses in the old center of Stavanger are painted all white and I heard somewhere that 40% of all houses in Norway are painted white so this is definitely something :)
Apparently this explosion of something completely different was a combination of a local hairdresser and an artist in 2005. The street is called Øvre Holmegate or more appropriately: #fargegate. Farge means color, gate means street and yes the hashtag makes it cooler :P
On the street I found two statues of trolls outside a shop, I don't even remember which shop. As I recall it was an overcast day but not too dark and it had an amazingly soft light coming from everywhere overhead (obviously overhead but still great light). All the colors in the street just popped out and screamed at me. It. Was. Great!
I shot with my Canon 6D and Canon 70-200 f4L IS USM lens hand held. It's an absolutely lovely lens and I really like these two pictures for the color that it let me capture. The camera body isn't too shabby either but in this situation most modern bodies would have done smashingly.
Furthermore I have just come back from Örebro, Sweden where I attended a lindy hop party. Swingin' Valborg was great but more on that in my next blog post where I will feature some of the photos I took. For now you can enjoy this small atmosphere clip I took of the dance floor and the Rhythm Baby Makers.
Let me know in the comments below If you want to know more about the gear I shoot with or how I shoot certain pictures. You can request the story behind any picture on this site or on my Facebook page.
MooseBlues.no - Moose Blues website
facebook.com/events/1920140741545361/ - Moose Blues facebook event
regionstavanger.com/en/Product/?TLp=308579 - website about #fargegate
facebook.com/events/166328450393439/ - Swingin' Valborg facebook event
therhythmbabymakers.com/home/ - Rhythm Baby Makers website
facebook.com/Seanbeardmoose/ - my facebook page
Hello again readers,
It's finally time to share my photographs of ALF with you! I have highlighted some of my favorites here and at the bottom you can find the rest of the photos. I was present for the classes and the Friday and Saturday parties. Unfortunately I had to fly back on Sunday afternoon so I missed the last party down in Nyhavna.
The parties were at the same venue Friday and Saturday. Frimurerlogen is an old historical building and that's quite apparent! The name can be translated to "Freemason's lodge" The interior is amazing with a grand entrance, staircase and majestic old school ballroom. The layout of the ballroom seems to be designed for dancing to a band with space for tables under the 2nd level balcony seating. The middle space in front of the band is just perfect for casual dancing. It is honestly one of the most beautiful halls I've danced in.
This weekend my friend Francesca and I had the honor of teaching a blues dance taster for the participants of ALF. We taught a class designed to get the class dancing and enjoying themselves as fast as possible. We only had an hour so we couldn't get into too much technical detail. I also want to thank all of you who came to the class and gave us your energy and enthusiasm! We really enjoyed it.
I liked the fact that there was more to do than just lindy hop. Besides the blues dance class we taught there were a few solo jazz classes by Audun, Charlotte and Ron; a tap dance class by Sharon; a DJ workshop by Petter (from Oslo) and a body awareness workshop by Maartje.
You can read about each of the taster classes under "Teachers and DJs" on the ALF site:
If you want to use one of the pictures for your Facebook then thats fine as long as it's not commercial and please put a link to my web page and don't cut off my logo. If you want a zoomed in version then please let me know and I can make you one with my logo. :)
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I am currently in Orebro, Sweden attending the "Swingin' Valborg" party! Keep an eye out for my photos coming week!
snl.no/Frimurerlogen_i_Trondheim - Frimurerlogen (Norwegian)
http://www.anotherlindyhopfestival.com/ - website for ALF
http://audunkve.wix.com/audunandcharlotte - website for Audun and Charlotte
http://happyfeetstudio.dk/ - website for Gosia and Kuno
http://www.holylindyland.com/ - website for Ron and Sharon
"Swingin' Valborg" - Facebook event