Those Darlins got it going on

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Nikki Darlin of Those Darlins / Photo by Joe Newman

Whatever it is that sets your rock stars apart from your standard musician, Those Darlins have it. Call it stage presence or je nais se quoi, they got it. The alternative rockers were my favorite act of the Gasparilla Music Festival (I had to leave town before Trombone Shorty played and I was really too busy concentrating on photographing the FlamingLips to enjoy the music).

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The Flaming Lips light up the Gasparilla Music Festival

Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips, at the Gasparilla Music Festival / Photo by Joe Newman

Wayne Coyne, frontman of The Flaming Lips / Photo by Joe Newman

I had a great time at the Gasparilla Music Festival catching up with old friends and photographing several of the bands, including the Saturday night headliner, The Flaming Lips.

I shot about 1,000 frames over the two-day festival and still have a lot of work before I’m finished editing. However, I did get through about half of the shots I took of the Flaming Lips, which is to say the shots I took of frontman Wayne Coyne, who is the center of the show.

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Heading to the Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne at the Dour Festival in Belgium / Photo by flickr user Kmeron

Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne at the Dour Festival in Belgium / Photo by flickr user Kmeron

I’ve photographed bands in clubs before. I’ve taken pictures of musicians on stage. But this weekend’s Gasparilla Music Festival in Tampa will be the first time I’ve had access to the photography pit. I’m stoked.

That’s one of the great things about still having a lot to learn as a photographer, there’s still the thrill of so many “firsts” to experience.

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D.C.’s last snowball fight of the winter? (one can only hope)

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Snowball fight on the National Mall / Photo by Joe Newman

There are lots of great photo opportunities during the winter. Unfortunately, they’re in the winter. What I’ve come to accept is that I don’t like the cold and I certainly don’t like walking around with my camera when temperatures are below freezing. Still, sometimes, you just have to man up and get out there.

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“Stainless” is street photography evolved

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Adam Magyar at the 2013 PopTech conference in Maine / Flickr photo by poptech

It seems like last year was the year of time-lapse photography. You couldn’t go a week without seeing a new mind-blowing time-lapse video. Watching a city ebb and flow at hyper-speed through the wonders of time-lapse photography really drives home the frenetic pace of life in a big metropolis.

But what happens when you create the exact opposite effect? You get photographer Adam Magyar’s “Stainless” series, videos that use extreme slow motion to freeze the underground denizens of New York, Tokyo and Berlin.

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Want to live in D.C.’s hottest neighborhood? I’ve got a deal for you

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The Union Row condo building in Washington, D.C. / Photo by Joe Newman

There’s a reason I haven’t blogged in the last month and it’s the building in this photo. That’s the Union Row condo building on 14th Street in Washington, D.C. and it’s where my wife and I live, at least for a little while longer.

Our unit went on the market this morning. Want a great condo in D.C.’s hottest neighborhood? Then I’ve got a deal for you.

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