Walter Payton Jr. Celebration and Second Line

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On Thursday, October 28, 2010, the city of New Orleans lost a great man and a wonderful musician. The world will not be the same without Walter Payton Jr.
Born and raised in New Orleans’ Uptown neighborhoods, Walter’s first brushes with Preservation Hall came in the early sixties when Allan Jaffe would lend him his sousaphone for gigs with the Eureka, Apollo, and Olympia Brass Bands. After receiving advanced instruction from Robert Rohe at Xavier College, Walter went on to perform on several hit records, including Lee Dorsey’s “Working in a Coal Mine” and Aaron Neville’s “Tell It Like It Is.”
Walter Payton also served as a teacher in the New Orleans public school system for twenty-five years, where he had the opportunity to instruct a young Ben Jaffe in the ways of the bass.

Panorama of New Orleans Skyline on Canal Street

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New Orleans...the magic city at twilight. Click to see larger and/or purchase print.
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Ladies and Gentlemen I’m very glad to announce my latest fine art photography work shot on Canal Street in New Orleans!

Since I have been waiting quite a while (weeks!) to get this photo done I’m very pleased with the results! Not only the magic twilight and angle makes the photo quite unique, but the never seen subject itself is a newer  one  that I have never seen done here! I got a little soaked and had to be a contortionist to get to shoot this image, but as always, hard work always pays off and as matter of facts I can’t stop staring at it! It is available as an open edition print at nolaPIC.com (my online fullfillment website). This killer New Orleans skyline image features Canal Street with the bright red streetcar we all know or at least have heard of, in the foreground,  and the central business district in the background. To see another KILLER panorama (taken from the west bank instead) please click here!!!

Photos of Black Men of Labor Second Line

Some of the best photos from the 2010 Black Men of Labor Second Line are online at nolaPIC.com ( Second Lines & Parades > Misc Second Lines )

 

2010 Black Men of Labor Second Line
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2010 Black Men of Labor @ Sweet Lorraine Jazz Club on St. Claude Avenue
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Benny Jones Sr. Treme Brass Band Leader
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2010 Black Men of Labor Second Line
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AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G & other new Nikkor lenses announced!

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Nikon has just released a fast aperture medium telephoto lens in the shape of the AF-S Nikkor 85mm f/1.4G. Featuring a completely new optical design and a built-in Silent Wave focus motor, it also includes Nikon’s top-end goodies including a 9-bladed diaphragm, Nano Crystal coating for the reduction of flare, a magnesium alloy body shell and weathersealing.

Availability will be from 2nd September 2010 but
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August 19, 2010

Three Nikon FX-format compatible lenses offering the superior image quality and performance of the NIKKOR brand

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of three new lenses compatible with Nikon FX-format digital-SLR cameras. The AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G is a fast, mid-telephoto prime (fixed focal length) lens that combines a large maximum aperture of f/1.4 with beautiful blur characteristics and superior rendering. The AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR is a 5X standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/4 throughout its entire zoom range. Nano Crystal Coat has been deposited on some lens elements for fine, clear images, and the lens is equipped with Nikon’s latest vibration reduction mechanism, VR II. The NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a 10.7X super-telephoto lens that covers a broad range of focal lengths from the wide-angle 28mm to telephoto 300mm. This lens is also equipped with the VR II vibration reduction mechanism.

Nikon has long had the support of professional and advanced amateur photographers for its consistent development of innovative products that respond to the demands of users and are equipped with the optical technologies Nikon has spent years cultivating as a manufacturer of optical devices. Nikon will continue to offer exceptional products, including FX-format compatible lenses that strengthen and enrich the NIKKOR lens lineup with superior functions and performance that satisfy the needs of professional and advanced amateur photographers.

AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.4G

•A fast, high-performance mid-telephoto 85mm fixed focal length lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.4 that offers superior image quality
Adoption of a maximum aperture of f/1.4 and rounded diaphragm (9 blades) enables the expression of bright and beautiful blur characteristics. The lens exhibits excellent rendering capability with shooting all distances, from close-up to infinity, making it especially suited to portrait photography. It is also an excellent choice for shooting in relatively dark situations, such as indoors or for capturing night landscapes.

•A new optical design that makes the most of the performance expected of the latest fast fixed focal length NIKKOR lens

•Nano Crystal Coat adopted to significantly reduce ghost and flare

•Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing

•Equipped with two focus modes, M/A and M, as well as a new and improved manual focus drive mechanism
The lens offers two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual). In addition, the new and improved manual focus drive mechanism reduces manual focus time lag for improved manual focus operation in M/A mode.

•Nikon’s internal focusing (IF) system has been adopted with no increase in the length of the lens

AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR  Pre-Order on Amazon right now!

•A 5X standard zoom lens with a fixed maximum aperture of f/4 through the full 24mm to 120mm range of focal lengths
A 5X standard zoom lens that offers superior function and performance. This zoom lens has a high reproduction ratio that is both practical and functional for professional and advanced amateur photographers. It consistently demonstrates excellent rendering performance.

•Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps
Equipped with two VR modes, Normal and Active, the vibration reduction function responds to a variety of shooting scenes.

•Nano Crystal Coat adopted to significantly reduce ghost and flare

•Nikon’s internal focusing (IF) system has been adopted with no increase in the length of the lens

•Equipped with two ED and three aspherical lens elements for superior optical performance

•Equipped with two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

•Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing

AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR  Pre-Order on Amazon right now!

•A 10.7X, high-performance and high-power zoom lens covering focal lengths from 28mm to 300mm
This single 10.7X lens covers a broad range of angles of view, making it extremely practical for shooting at a variety of focal lengths, from wide-angle landscape shots to telephoto shooting.

•A size and weight that makes it very portable

•Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps
Equipped with two VR modes, Normal and Active, the vibration reduction function responds to a variety of shooting scenes.

•The f/5.6 maximum aperture at the maximum telephoto position enables capture of bright images

•Equipped with two ED and three aspherical lens elements for superior optical performance

•Nikon’s internal focusing (IF) system has been adopted with no increase in the length of the lens

•Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing

•Equipped with two focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual)

•A zoom lock has been adopted to prevent the lens from extending due to its own weight

Satchmo Summerfest

Treme Brass Band and Japanese Satchmo Yoshio Toyama
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On Sunday August 8th, as part of the 2010 Satchmo Summerfest, held every year in New Orleans to celebrate the life, music and legacy of New Orleans’ native son, Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, I had the privilege to attend and photograph another great event! Although the weather was 99F with heat index as high as 105F to 110F, after the parade started, everyone seemed to enjoy the second line and music as usual and forget how hot and miserable it was. Someone said once…If you don’t know why New Orleanians aren’t afraid to go to Hell, you never been down there in the middle of the summer! Please see some of the images I shot at the second line and do not forget that all comments are highly appreciated! These images and many more are available as fine art prints (also framed) at my other site nolaPIC.com.

Jennifer Jones leading the Second Line at St. Augustine Church in Treme after the Jazz Mass
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I will make sure next year to be there in time at 10 AM for the Jazz Mass, since this year I have only caught the end of it and I wished so bad I made it in…The church was packed!!! See the video below it’s the very end of the Satchmo Jazz Mass right before I sshot the image above of Jennifer Jones leading the Second Line out of the church. Video shot by Ricky Riccardi a Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong aficionado.

Treme Brass Band Leader, Mr. Benny Jones Sr.
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St Augustine Church in Treme after the Satchmo Jazz Mass
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Edward "Juicy" Jackson from To Be Continued Brass Band
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Actor’s Cinema Headshots and Portraits Photo Sessions

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Your Headshot is Your Strongest Tool and Calling Card!

Cinema Headshots and Portrait Sessions are available to anyone in the New Orleans metro area that are in need of professional photography for personal use such or portfolio submissions for acting or modeling.  So, pick a date and location in the New Orleans metro area and please contact me  Let an award winning professional photographer shoot you headshot, I have over 25 years of  photo experience and I will make you stand out!

Rates and Details

Photo shoots are priced at $395, and done by award winning professional photographer Alfonso Bresciani and includes:
  1. Photo session on location (up to two hours shooting ) with assistant and strobe/s. It can be done on location or at your residence.
  2. Ten of the best images from your photo shoot will be selected by photographer Pompo Bresciani, cropped and professionally adjusted, (color balance, contrast, saturation. Cloning and skin smoothing extra @ $50 hr ) and will be posted online in your own public or password protected gallery. You will then be able to download the ten digital files
  3. All ten digital files will be available for you to download for print reproduction, which you will be able to print anywhere
TO BOOK AND CONFIRM  A SHOOT, A NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT  IN THE AMOUNT OF $50.00 VIA PAYPAL IS REQUIRED, HOWEVER PLEASE CONTACT ME FIRST TO SETUP UP THE DATE AND LOCATION (Even if you don’t have a PayPal account you will still be able to send the deposit using  a credit card).
I look forward to seeing you in my viewfinder! 
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Thank you again for such a great session, your work is amazing , which is why it took me so long to pick one! Thank you again so much and I’m recommending you to all my actor friends! Nicole

Thanks! They look fantastic! You did such a great job. Christina

Thanks so much! I love them all. I am sure I will want to take some more pictures with you again. It was fun! Thanks again, Rachel

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Your headshot must be good. It has already gotten me one audition and one job. Jamie

Thank you very much it was a pleasure working with you the pics are “killer”. Nicole

Hi Pompo! You did a wonderful job.  I’m really happy with them. Thanks again! Rachel

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Jazz Funeral to Honor the Life of Captain Phil Harris from TV’s Deadliest Catch

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UPDATE  Discovery Channel will air AFTER THE CATCH Episode 5 on Tuesday, July 13!

Episode 5 – Tuesday, July 13 at 10PM ET/PT

The fleet wraps up its time at the French Quarter’s Blue Nile bar in the season finale of AFTER THE CATCH.  Captain Phil Harris is remembered in true ‘Nawlins style as fans pour onto Frenchmen Street for a traditional, raucous Jazz Parade.  The celebration brings together all the captains to pay tribute to their friend and colleague.

On June 9th, 2010, Discovery channel filmed a funeral parade to honor the life of Captain Phil Harris from TV’s Deadliest Catch in the Marigny District of  New Orleans. Crew members from the tv show, The Soul Rebels Brass Band and parades goers attended the New Orleans style Jazz Funeral which will be aired sometimes in July 2010. More images from the jazz Funeral at nolaPIC.com

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When I got there, (too early as usual), the Discovery channel crew was already setting up cameras and gear in front of the Blue Nile, and up under a scorcing heat and humidity, I got a chance to meet and talk to the Discovery Channel Vice President of Communications Mr. Joshua Weinberg. More images from the jazz Funeral at nolaPIC.com

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The procession didn’t last very long at all, but at the end (as in every Jazz Funerals) it got pretty wild and crazy! Mike Rowe from “Dirty Jobs” seemed to be having a blast as well! Please go to nolaPIC.com where you can see more images take during this Jazz Funeral  and more New Orleans Fine Art Photography. More images from the jazz Funeral at nolaPIC.com

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Treme Brass Band at Preservation Hall

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When I first heard that on April 30th the Treme Brass was going to be playing at the Preservation Hall in the French Quarter of New Orleans, my reactions were mixed: I got very excited, because I could see in my mind’s eye the unique pictures of the Treme Brass Band Band playing in that awesome and antique venue…Yay!!! What a perfect match I thought! What other Band would “blend in” and complement with the Preservation Hall atmosphere!?!  Yet, I were mad because the following day I had already something else planned that would have required me to wake up very early in the morning, which that made me think there was no way I could have attended a concert that started at 12:00 AM and would have ended at about 2:00 AM,  or possibly even later! I even tried to find out how often did the Treme Brass Band play there, since I knew they played every week at the Candle Light.

 

 

 

Preservation Hall Treme Brass Band
Click image to purchase a print on nolaPIC.com The Drum of the late “Uncle” Lionel Batiste before a performance of the Treme Brass Band at the Preservation Hall in New Orleans.

 

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To cut the story short, I ended up going online and purchased myself a ticket for the event, which was sold out about a week before the performance (by the way I was in line and waiting to get it about 45 minutes in advance, pretty much first in pole position, since I wanted to have the very first choice in deciding where to sit and shoot from:).

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For those of you not familiar with the Preservation Hall, if you do happen to visit, do not forget to check it out. The place is “magic” and I guarantee, you won’t find anything this raw and funky anywhere in the world! You can’t describe the venue with words, you must and should experience it! In the meantime I hope you do enjoy my photos and if you decide to purchase yourself a picture or two click on any photos in here and you’ll be taken on my other site nolaPIC.com where prints can be purchased.

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Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday 2010

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Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday (March 21th 2010 uptown New Orleans)
Every year on the closest Sunday to St. Joseph day, the Mardi Gras Indians parades uptown New Orleans where visitors and locals can admire their amazing costumes, and follow the parade with them. The Super Sunday parade, after being postponed from prevous Sunday, ended at Taylor park with more music and food…don’t miss this very unique New Orleans tradition next year! You can view them all at my Fine Art gallery site online : nolaPIC.com

Prints of Uncle Lionel Batiste & Oswald Jones – Treme Brass Band members

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During the pre Super Bowl pep rally Second Line held in New Orleans on Saturday February 6, 2010 I had the chance to take  a few great pictures of “Uncle” Lionel Batiste while he was at the French Market with the Treme Brass Band. New Orleans is full of characters, but Uncle Lionel definitely stands out! Somebody…I forgot who, said about him, “we gonna miss him, when WE die!”

Look out for  the new HBO series Treme which will premiere on April 11 2010 and will feature among man local New Orleans musicians, the Treme Brass Band!

“Uncle” Lionel Batiste is a jazz and blues musician and singer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Born on February 1st, 1931, he began in music career at the age of 11 playing bass drum with the Square Deal Social & Pleasure Club. He is currently the bass drummer, vocalist and assistant leader of the Treme Brass Band; he is known for his kazoo playing as well. He also sings, and has recorded a cd as a vocalist. Besides inspiring younger musicians with his playing, he serves as a role model to many of them: trumpeter Kermit Ruffins calls Batiste his “total influence,” saying that Batiste “taught [him] how to act, how to dress, how to feel about life.” Internationally, Batiste has served as leader of the daily Moldejazz parade since 2000. He is arguably New Orleans most loved uncle!

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