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"I was walking in Memphis just a few feet off of Beale" when I looked across the street as passing between two parked cars on my side of the road and I spotted ...
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"I was walking in Memphis just a few feet off of Beale" when I looked across the street as passing between two parked cars on my side of the road and I spotted this unreal scene. A grungy band sat on this concrete wall and we're playing on the side of the street with their "road dog" lying down. This was one of those moments I was thankful I had my camera. I reached down made a quick adjustment to settings and click. After the very first click, these guys recognized me and started acting crazy and I couldn't get anymore shots off that I would be happy with. I was so excited to see that the first image was a keeper! Later that evening headed back to my truck I passed these guys on their side of the street. They were crude speaking and stank to high heavens but man they could play some amazing ear tickling music to make your soul scream out. What a great moment to capture because for me I captured the image, the sounds, and the smells of this snapshot in history!
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susanneradke
 
susanneradke August 04, 2015
Hey Eric - a unique wonderful scene and it is ealy great that you were able to capture it. Lucky you had the camera with you, proofs just once again that you always should basicly - thank you to share the story behind, I found that very interesting;
davidsloan
 
davidsloan August 04, 2015
A brilliant social-history photo, great info too.
JohninRockville
 
JohninRockville August 05, 2015
A very nice image that shares a story, though lack of eye contact and a slight elevation seems to put you above the performers. The viewer has to wonder what the heck the guys are looking at??
Jillybean56
 
Jillybean56 August 09, 2015
An amazing shot, so great that you were able to catch this one before they caught on to you!
lilinoroz
 
lilinoroz October 07, 2015
no tengo palabras para describir esta foto...impactante, interesante, bonita...como MichealeFreeman diría...la lectura de esta foto ocupa todos los aspecto y parámetros de una buena foto. enriquecida por su aspecto cultural, técnico, composition deja al observador atónito ante el aspecto de que nadie esta lejos de esta situación. se ven hombres sanos, jóvenes y que quien sabe por esas cosas de la vida esta ahi, tratando de entrenarse, pasar el tiempo o están tratando de entretener a otros para ganar tal vez el sustento del día...el perro, increíble da una muestra de mansedumbre igual que sus amos, la caja de la guitarra con sus billetes recogidos confirma la gran necesidad de asegurar el pan de cada día....maana sera otro día...excelente este trabajo como documento y como foto...felicidades
nandicmb
 
nandicmb October 25, 2015
Congratulations on your Contest Finalist win in Downtown in Black and White Photo Contest!
dnvl
 
dnvl March 15, 2017
A picture like this is just what I had in mind when I created the challenge 'Streetphotography Dogs'. Simply wonderful! I'd be very happy to see this terrific photo in my challenge.

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken on the way to take a few final images for my niece's senior photo shoot. I was hoping to capture a cool picture of my niece with all the amazing signs of Beale Street which is known for amazing music every night of the year!
Time
This was taken right about dark during the spring so around 6 pm.
Lighting
This shot was taken with only ambient lighting available and a little backlighting from the signage in the background.
Equipment
This was handheld taken with a Canon 5d Mark III with a Canon 135 mm f/2.0 L Len
Inspiration
"I was walking in Memphis just a few feet off of Beale" when I looked across the street as passing between two parked cars on my side of the road and I spotted this unreal scene. A grungy band sat on this concrete wall and were playing on the side of the street with their "road dog" lying down. This was one of those moments I was thankful I had my camera. I reached down made a quick adjustment to settings and click. After the very first click, these guys recognized me and started acting crazy and I couldn't get anymore shots off that I would be happy with. I was so excited to see that the first image was a keeper! Later that evening, as I headed back to my truck, I passed these guys on their side of the street. They were crude speaking and stank to high heavens but man they could play some amazing ear tickling music to make your soul scream out. What a great moment to capture because for me I captured the image, the sounds, and the smells of this snapshot in history!
Editing
The photo was made black and while through post processing in Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I shoot with a Canon 5d Mark III with Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 L, Canon 135 mm f/2.0, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, Canon 24-105mm f/4.0, Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8, Sigma 1.4 TC and Sigma 2.0 TC
Feedback
This was one of those moments that only lasted a second. The music was playing and the dog was lying down and a second after I clicked the head singer started posing making the photo less appealing. I was thankful to have the opportunity to experience this moment in time.

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