Day 72- Cool, man . . .

My father was cool. Or at least he was cool at one time- long before I was born.

In the 1920’s, he played in a jazz band in New Orleans and Hollywood. What could be cooler than that? He was a self taught musician who never learned to read music and paid his way through dental school at USC by playing at Hollywood parties. He continued to play music all his life, and, when our family moved to Chico,  he joined the Shrine specifically so that he could join their dance band.

He played both clarinet and sax, and I chose to photograph his clarinet for today’s topic, which is COOL.

I tried to take a photo of the whole clarinet, but didn’t like the results. So, AS USUAL, I got out my macro lens and took closeup shots. When you look at the first image, you might be able to tell it’s indeed a clarinet.

The second image is more abstract, and probably impossible to identify as a clarinet- but maybe that’s what makes it COOL. . .

Photographic note: When I use this lens I get football shaped bokeh on the edges. I know there is an explanation.


4 responses

  1. joan

    To quote Jimmy Buffet, “When only jazz musicians were smoking marijuana…..” not Shirley???

    March 12, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    • LOL! Joan, like Melinda said, he was COOL!

      March 12, 2012 at 6:54 pm

  2. Melinda these are wonderful shots. I like them both and can’t decide which I prefer. I don’t think I have a preference. They each has their appeal. I love the reflection on the first and it is obviously a musical instrument and I suppose clarinetists would know it was a clarinet. BTW, I didn’t know your dad played sax, too. How cool is that? He was Miles Davis before Miles Davis was Miles Davis. 😉

    And the second I love because it is so abstract. Interesting about the football shaped bokeh. I hadn’t noticed that before for I’ll certainly be on the lookout.

    Both of these are really great shots, nice DOF, composition, intensity, bokeh.

    March 12, 2012 at 6:57 pm

  3. claudia

    COOL ……I played the clarinet as did Stephanie and now Kearstin……..who knows what Adam will play.

    March 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

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