Of course, the speed of light is fantastic, about 186,000 miles per second. So, it only takes nanoseconds or less to go the 150 feet from from the spot lights, reflect off of the violinist, through my super-photo lens and onto my image sensor. Each photon is reflecting off of a different molecule of the performer, especially as he or she speeds through a Paganini Caprice or Ellen Taaffe Zwilich's "Fantasy for Solo Violin". As the photographer, I have to decide how much time may elapse. I can capture a 1/500 second burst that virtually freezes the violinist's motion but this often seems wrong to me. The feeling of astonishing speed is one of the wonders of the performance. In these photographs, I experimented with a range of blur. The first one of Kristi Gjezi was .3 seconds. I'm not sure how many times the bow went up and down in that time. I like this photograph. It feels like "writing with light" which is the meaning of "photo-graphy". Most of the time, I seek a balance with more sharpness and only a hint of motion blur. What do you prefer?
Jinjoo Cho w/ Rohan De Silva on Piano
Stephen Waarts w/ Chih-Yi Chen on Piano
Stephen Kim w/ Nelson Padgett on Piano
Ji Youn Lee w/ Thomas Hoppe on Piano
All photographs © Denis Ryan Kelly Jr. One may purchase prints or digital files at this link...
Friends and family gathered from far and wide: New York City, Ontario, even Nigeria, to share the love with Erin and Chow. Congratulations!
You may see the entire wedding and order fine prints at http://pictage.com/1621889
Welcome performers and fans! Congratulations! The following links will take you to my web partner Pictage. They will host the edited sets of photographs from every round I witness. A sampling of preliminary and semi-final performances will be photographed. You may view and purchase prints or digital files from Pictage.
Opening Ceremonies at the Indiana Roof Ballroom
IVCI Preliminaries 9-9-2014
at Frank and Katrina Basile Theater, Indiana History Center
Tianyun Jia w/ Nelson Padgett on pianoPhotography is © Denis Ryan Kelly Jr.
Ui-Youn Hong w/ Chih-Yi Chen on piano
Petteri Iivonen w/ Nelson Padgett on piano
Kristi Gjezi w/ Thomas Hoppe on piano
Classical Finals with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra
BSA LifeStructures Finals with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
BMO Private Bank Gala Awards Ceremony and Reception
Here are a sampling of the IVCI Opening Gala at Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis. Many more can be viewed and purchased at the link above. May the competition be passionate and wonderful!
My former student, Cody Ebbeler, graduated a while back and went off to Hollywood to work on film crews and gain experience. Recently he moved back to Indy and approached me with an offer to produce a brief video about my perspective in life. Yesterday, he showed up with a crew of three other professional media people to work cameras, lights and sound. We had a great time and I feel delighted. Thanks Chris, Dustin, Peter and Cody! You were marvelous to work among. I made these photographs as they worked.
I'm excited to post the video soon after they finish editing.
Two years ago, I took up the sport of archery. As a boy, my father, sister and I practiced with simple fiberglass bows in the backyard. Now, I am delighted to have a Bear Super Kodiak bow. It is a superb piece of craftsmanship. Human have used bows and arrows for tens of thousands of years. The sensation is primordially satisfying.
One of my privileges is to sing. On this occasion, I was asked by the Art Institute of Indianapolis to open their graduation ceremony with the National Anthem. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks to Ernie Yezzy of Clowes for the professional recording!
One of the privileges of my life is photographing live performance: operas, dance, and the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Violin.org shows the upcoming events. I've been commissioned to photograph each phase of this competition in September. I need to be nearly silent and zoom in on the action. My Publicity page has key moments from the last competition in 2010. The gold medal is only one of the outstanding prizes that draws the best talent from around the world. Last week I did studio "portraits" of the medal which is graced by the likeness of Josef Gingold. Here is a glimpse. I hope you feel the allure and will attend some of the competition. If you do, find me and say "Hi".
This is a test of the Emergency Blogging System. This is a test to confirm iPad blogabilty. So far, so good.
This photograph was made this week amidst the turbulent weather that yielded tornados and intense rainfall. Global climate change seems a certified fact. Tonight's episode of Cosmos made the case very compellingly. We must exert our human ingenuity to use clean energy and sustainable agriculture. I pray for our wisdom to increase. Please Great G'd, help us to be good stewards of the Earth!