Partying With Daughtry

Friends hanging out with Chris Daughtry at The Pour House

Friends hanging out with Chris Daughtry at The Pour House

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting Chris Daughtry and his band after his show on Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan in October 2014. In case you don’t know who Chris Daughtry is, he was the fourth place contestant on American Idol, and after his elimination, he was given a record deal to form the rock band Daughtry. Click here for his Wikipedia page. I have liked his music for several years now, and have several of his albums on my iPod, with several songs that regularly make my playlists. I was surprised to find out that he was headed to one of my good friend’s local establishments, The Pour House Bar and Grill. I had just gotten home when my friend sent me a message asking me to grab my camera and come on down.


DJ Skeezy and DJ M at The Pour House Bar and Grill

I often come here, and have taken pictures of other parties and events, but this was one of the busier nights. DJ Skeezy, and his wife DJ M, already had the music up and the party going by the time I arrived. Daughtry and his band members were very laid-back and friendly, just looking to relax and have a good time and socialize. Photo-ops and selfies were not a problem for them, and there were plenty of those. Everyone had a great night, my friend’s bar did a lot of good business, and I got a lot of great shots to take home.


Having fun at The Pour House Bar and Grill

Since this is a blog about my photography, I suppose I should talk a bit about the equipment I was shooting with. I was using a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM mounted on a Canon EOS 7D body, with a Canon 600EX-RT on top for bounce flash. The walls in this place are an off-white color allowing me to easily bounce my flash off of them for very soft light with only minor adjustments to the white balance. I have a faster Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 I could have used to help offset the lower light levels of a late night bar, but I prefer the zoom lens because I will often have group shots and single portrait/object shots that would otherwise require me to be switching out lenses too often. The 24-70mm is a wonderful (but pricey) lens, and super sharp. However, crop sensor cameras often have difficulty controlling noise with the high level ISO that is required for low-light situations, and the Canon 7D is no exception. I have been buying only EF lenses with the intention to eventually upgrade to a full-frame body like the Canon 5D Mark II/III, and I think I will make the switch soon.

Halloween is coming up and I am looking forward to photographing all of the cool and unique costumes that people will be out wearing this year. In the meantime, here are a few more pictures from this same night:

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Trip to Churaumi Aquarium

Rainy Day at Churaumi Aquarium

Glass Roof at Churaumi Aquarium
ISO100, f/4, 1/1000, 22mm

Well, here it is, the first post of my new blog.  Finally!  I meant to start this up sooner, but I’ve been pretty busy with other things, mostly work.  I still try to get out and take pictures whenever I get a chance however, like this first one.

I went to Churaumi Aquarium in Motobu, Okinawa, Japan with my girlfriend the other day, and decided to bring my camera along.  I got some good shots of her around different places of the aquarium, and some good shots of the aquarium, but as I had been here several times before, I didn’t expect to see anything new and exciting.  On our way out though, I noticed this roof with the rain on the glass and the dark clouds above.  I shot this roof from a couple different angles, but I ended up liking this one (the first one) the best.

Kuroshio Sea

Kuroshio Sea
ISO1600, f/2.8, 1/200, 24mm

The Okinawa Churaumi Aquarium is the third largest aquarium in the world, and the largest in Asia. All together, it holds 198 million gallons of water with the main tank (called Kuroshio Sea) containing 1.9 million gallons of water. The main panel of this tank is 24 x 74 feet and is 24 in thick, and was the largest acrylic panel in the world when the aquarium was opened in 2002.  Off to the side there is even a cafe where you can have lunch in full view of the sea life. The aquarium is part of the larger Ocean Expo Park which was used in the 1975 World Expo. Besides the aquarium, there are also dolphin shows, a traditional Ryukyuan style model village, a tropical/sub-tropical arboretum, and Emerald Beach.