New Photos and Ramblings for April 4, 2007

Oh man, where do I start? It’s been a while since my last post – the last post with some meat on it, any way. I’ll start with this week and work my way back, I guess.

I had an all-day shoot with the up-and-coming Rich O’Toole Band.  Keep an eye (or ear) on them; they’re going to be very famous, very soon. With a new album produced by the ineffable Mack Damon, Rich’s first single is #4 on the Texas radio charts, and the next single is guaranteed to hit #1.

There are many good shots, but I think this is my favorite image from the day:

Rich O’Toole Band
The Rich O’Toole Band, photographed by Darren Abate in San Antonio, Texas.
[Canon EOS-5D; Canon EF 50/1.2 L]

Note the creamy goodness of the new Canon 50mm f/1.2L. Yeah, it’s the perfect companion to the magnificent 85/1.2L II, which will be presenting its own brand of sweet nougat center later in this post. Right here, as a matter-of-fact:

Rich O’Toole
Rich O’Toole, of the Rich O’Toole Band, photographed by Darren Abate in San Antonio, Texas.
[Canon EOS-5D; Canon EF 85/1.2 L II]

I can’t stop gushing about the Canon 5D, either. It never stops amazing me. I have only two major complaints about the camera: it’s slow, and the AF system could use a juicing. After the button is pressed, the lag is far too great, and if you happen to be switching to the 5D after using a Mark II earlier in the day, the lag is downright painful. A 3400.00 body shouldn’t be that slow, and it also shouldn’t feature the same array of AF points that are found in the 20D. It needs more points for detailed AF work. Sometimes, especially when shooting wide open at f/1.2, it’s better if you don’t have to recompose your shot after focus is achieved.

In other news, there were six freakin’ hockey games in the AT&T Center last week, which is another reason why I haven’t updated my blog in a while. Busy. As. Hell. There was a lot of good hockey, though, which included a win over the Omaha Knights, a team that usually has our number. In fact, SA had lost to them two nights before. It’s nice having them in town though, because it’s always good to see their coach, Scott Allen, who was the San Antonio head coach a few years back. He has to be one of the nicest guys in hockey.

Joel Perrault
Joel Perrault of the San Antonio Rampage slides into Omaha Knights netminder Brent Krahn.
[Canon EOS-1D Mark II; Canon EF 300/2.8 L IS]

In this particular game, the Rampage skated out and immediately lit up Omaha netminder Curtis McElhinney for three goals, which led to him getting pulled in favor of backup goalie Brent Krahn, who used to play for San Antonio. This was surprising, considering the fact that McElhinney is currently rated as something like the number three goalie in the American Hockey League. He must have been having an off night, unlike SA’s Yanick Lehoux, who tallied a hat trick.

Some more hockey goodness:

Donald MacLean
Don MacLean and a Rochester goon.
[Canon EOS-1D Mark II; Canon EF 300/2.8 L IS]

Ryan Flinn
Ryan Flinn puts the knuckles to Peoria’s Zack FitzGerald.
[Canon EOS-1D Mark II; Canon EF 300/2.8 L IS]

Last month saw a lot of political subject matter, with a few 2008 presidential candidates making stops in San Antonio, including this guy:

Denni Kucinich
2008 presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich
photo © Darren Abate/

Dennis Kucinich
2008 presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich
photo © Darren Abate/

John Edwards also made an early campaign stop in San Antonio, at the historic Sunset Station Depot:

John Edwards
2008 presidential candidate John Edwards
photo © Darren Abate/

The political stuff has died down for now, but I’m expecting it to pick up again a little later in the year. In today’s modern age of instant information, I’m not sure why the candidates have decided to start their heavy campaigning a full nineteen months before the election. I predict that things will be a little more subdued until it gets a little closer to go-time.

That’s it for now. I need to head out to deliver some prints to a client.



~ by peakaction on April 4, 2007.

2 Responses to “New Photos and Ramblings for April 4, 2007”

  1. Aaaaaaah…thanks. I needed that.

  2. Thanks for the view. Great quality in your images.

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