Joey Alexander

This is a spectacular studio performance of “Giant Steps” by Joey Alexander (piano), Larry Grenadier (bass), and Ulysses Owens Jr. (drums). I highly recommend zooming it out, and connecting your computer to a set of speakers that allow you to really hear these guys.

The amazing thing is, Joey Alexander is 12 years old. He plays so incredibly well, gets deeply into the zone, but also is totally with the other two musicians (who are outstanding) it’s mind-boggling.

The NPR piece on Joey is worth listening to, it provides some background on him: A (Very) Young Jazz Pianist Takes Giant Steps Towards Musical Mastery.

Wikipedia has a nice entry on him too: Joey Alexander.

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

An unusually level section of the Appalachian Trail

Kent, Connecticut.

We hiked from Kent to Cornwall Bridge and back on the AT along the Housatonic River. Very easy hiking, sort of like a runner’s LSD (long slow distance) hike.

Saw a half dozen thru hikers going north, a few section hikers going south. Nice day to be out.

Got caught in a light rain on the way back, camera got buried in pack.

Flare in the canopy

Flare in the canopy

Kent, Connecticut.

We hiked the Appalachian Trail between Hoyt Rd, on the New York/Connecticut border to Bull’s Bridge over Ten Mile Mountain. Stopping for water near Ten Mile River I noticed the sun shining through a rather dense canopy. Figured I’d try an intentional flare shot (again).

Tough to know how to meter shots like this: spot kills everything around it, center seems best and metering the entire frame kills the flare. When you want flare, you want flare.

Looking up at the Eiffel Tower

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Flickr member Boxertrixter took this excellent image of the internal infrastructure of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France with his Fuji X100T.

Other posts on the Eiffel Tower from below: Under the Eiffel Tower, Eiffel Tower from below, and Eiffel Tower from below (2).