Piano, Music Details

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One prominent part of my surroundings is music. I have a son that plays music on many different instruments. There is no real way to evoke the sound of music in a picture (well not at my level of photography anyway). Despite that, here are some pictures I took a few years ago when our “new” piano arrived – they will have to stand for this part of my environment. It is a Yamaha U7, about 25 years old when I took these pictures early in 2008, and is a very fine upright. Pianos are wonderfully complex machines, and these pictures illustrate that complexity, and in so doing hint at the range of music possible.

All of these images were taken with a Nikon 885, a small point and shoot camera, with some minimal controls, so not totally idiot proof, and quite low resolution. It was our first digital camera and performed well for us until it wore out. Natural light from the adjacent window. The only edits to these pictures are a bit of cropping or straightening on a couple of them.

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2 thoughts on “Piano, Music Details

  1. I love the color and natural light of the top image. That salmon is such a warm color, and I like how the focus blurs yet still defines everything enough to know what’s what. The strings remind me of a shot I posted in March, 2010 although the subjects couldn’t have been more dissimilar: http://www.words4it.com/?p=1133

    My first digital camera was a Nikon 950 purchased in 1999. I’m not sure if it’s the quality of Nikon or the fact it was only a 1 megapixel, but the noise level on low light images was far better than my 12 megapixel Canon G9. I loved that camera.

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    • Douglas, that is my favourite of all these images as well – I contemplated posting only that one, but could not resist to put up a few more. Some were really hard to take and involved passing the camera into the piano more or less out of sight and clicking at what I hoped was what I wanted a picture of. I have used those 950’s and liked them a lot as well.
      Your picture is remarkably similar to my one in any ways, and I like that your bench suggested the word rhythm for your title too. Having a picture of a park bench suggest music must count as a photographic success.

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