Fall in New England

Burnside_House_smallAfter a shoot for Brown University, I stopped by the historic mile long Benefit Street in Providence, RI to see how the foliage looked. The fall colors looked great, but there were too many cars parked on the street. Sunday morning is best to shoot this street. I didn’t go away empty-handed though. Above is the Burnside House.

The was built for General Ambrose Everett Burnside in 1866. Burnside was a prominent rifle manufacturer before the Civil War. His company, Burnside Rifle Company, was one of the most respected arms manufacturers of the 19th century. When war broke out, Burnside severed all ties with his company in order to command the Rhode Island Volunteers. He became famous not for his war exploits, but for his facial hair. He grew his sideboards until they connected with his mustache and this style has ever since been called “burnsides.”

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The above photo is the Roger Williams National Memorial in downtown Providence, RI. The memorial commemorates the life of the founder of Rhode Island and a champion of the ideal of religious freedom. Williams, banished from Massachusetts for his beliefs, founded Providence in 1636.

Just a little trivia for you. Rhode Island technically has the longest state name: Rhode Island and Providence Plantations

Random Images I found in Rhode Island today

Business skater

Business man takes a skate during his lunch break in downtown Providence, RI.

So after a routine assignment for one of my clients, I dropped off a CD of the images to their offices. While walking back to my car I saw this guys skating on the ice rink in downtown Providence, RI, in full suit and tie. He noticed me after a few laps and waved.

business skater

Business man skates alone during his lunch break in downtown Providence, RI.

The business man was a pretty good skater. He was the only one on the ice and watching him just made me smile.

1963 MG

An original 1963 MGB convertible sitting outside Moses Brown.

And then onto my next random sighting in Rhode Island. I was delivering a DVD of images to Brown University and I saw this 1963 MGB convertible parked outside the gates of Moses Brown school. It brought back fond memories of my dad’s 1966 MGB GT hatchback that I learned to drive a manual on. Same color too. I got to drive it for a few years before it fell apart due to rust. The engine was great, but too many winters in Montreal took it’s tole on the body. What a fun car to drive.

 

X-Factor auditions in Providence: more from day #1

L.A. Reid arrives.

L.A. arrives in the back entrance as contestants watch in the background.

After the first arrival through the crowd into the front of the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, the judges arrived for each day’s sessions through the back. This is also where the contestants were staged prior to performing.

Demi Lovato gets interviewed

As the judges arrived a production crew conducted a brief interview with them.

For continuity, the judges wore the same outfit for the three days they were in Providence. I’m really hoping they were washed every night, or they had multiply sets.

Simon Cowell arrives via scooter

Simon Cowell drove from the hotel to the arena on a scooter with a police escort

Simon arrived in style this day. It was a real short ride from the hotel to the arena. They two are literally linked by a skybridge. Notice how the police officers are wearing rain gear. The Providence auditions were in late June. These officers were unbelievably hot in the gear. At one point a production editor told them it was okay to get out of the rain gear. It took them about 5 minutes to get it all off. At this point they were asked to put it all back on again to escort another judge.

Cell phone pix

A fan takes photos with a cell phone as the judges arrive into the arena.

The audience was encouraged to take photos during the judge introductions and tweet them. After that, all cell phones had to be put away to the taping of the actual show.

X Factor contestant talking to the mirror

Backstage as a contestant talks to the mirror and makes gestures.

The contestant holding area had two parts. One was full of mirrors and chairs were they would sit and talk with their friends or family that they had brought along.  The other spot was right off stage where the contestants did their final preparations.

Britney Spears

Britney covered her ears as the audience’s cheers were insanely loud.

The audience went nuts when Demi and Britney were introduced. So much that Britney would put her fingers in her ears and wince.

XFactor contestant

This contestant wowed the judges and the audience with his voice and moves.

Britney?

This contestant looked too much like a Britney wannabe.

Four yesses

Acknowledging the crowd and judges after receiving a yes to go onto the next round.

This guy did a fantastic job. Then after making in to the next round he went backstage to hug his son.

Hugs

Then backstage he received the biggest hug from his son.

Odd couple

Crush Route was a strange performance. They wer given a second chance, but Simon Cowell wanted the guy to go buy a wig and come back the next day and perform.

In the next post I’ll do a side-by-side of this couple, with and without the wig.

Demi Lovato hugs again

Demi gives another hug to a contestant.

Above is the same contestant who was making gestures in the mirror. After getting a hug from Demi, he took the opportunity to hug Britney and shake hands with Simon and L.A. Smart move.

backstage

Moments before going onstage

This is one of my favorite shots from this day. She went on to perform well and make it to the next round.

waiting for the X-Factor judges

Members of the audience wait for the judges to come back after a break.

The judges would take breaks every 5 contestants to go back to their rooms. I don’t know what they did there, but when they came back audience members would try to get autographs and photos as they walked in from a side entrance.

Congratulations

The moment you find out you just made it to the next round.

I’ll finish this post with another happy moment. These guys were given a second chance and made the most of it. Onto the next round you go.

X-Factor Providence Auditions — Day #1, the arrivals

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor fans hold up signs as they wait for the judges to arrive in Providence, RI.

 

So my work on the MTV show The Pauly D Project lead to being called by FOX to shoot the X-Factor auditions in Providence. The auditions were held over three days in June, with two sessions held each day. For this post, I’m just going to show some of the arrivals of the judges and the introductions of the judges to the audience inside the arena.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi fans

Fans of Demi Lovato cheer for her while waiting her arrival at the Providence, RI auditions of the X-Factor

There was huge crowd gathered outside the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in downtown Providence, waiting for the chance to get a glimpse of the judges.

 

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor judge L.A. Reid stops for photos as he arrives in Providence, RI.

L.A. Reid arrived first. I was restricted to an area with the rest of the media to shoot the arrivals. Originally I was allowed to be in the path from the limo to the door, but the production crew wanted as few as people as possible in the area.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

I shot this wide to show the X-Factor sign above and to show the crowd. At this point near the door, they didn’t allow many people.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

The cell phone papparazzi were out.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

At this point Demi was posing for the other FOX photographer, before stepping inside the arena.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

X-Factor judge Demi Lovato poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

A full body shot to show the outfit. The judges wore the same outfit over the three days of auditions in Providence for continuity sake.

X-Factor Providence auditions. - Britney Spears

X-Factor judge Britney Spears poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

The biggest cheers from the crowd were for Britney Spears. I shot this wide to show the X-Factor signage as well. I’m not sure what the girl behind Britney is looking at.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Britney Spears

X-Factor judge Britney Spears poses for the media as she arrives for the auditions in Providence, RI.

This photo made my laugh. The expression on the older lady’s face is precious. I could tell she didn’t care for Britney.  Simon Cowell did not arrive through the front with the rest of the judges.

X-Factor Providence auditions - Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato points to someone in the audience during the introductions of the X-Factor judges in Providence.

On the inside of the arena the judges were introduced after a lengthy video to ear splitting screams.

X-Factor Providence auditions

X-Factor judges L.A. Reid and Demi Lovato during introductions of the judges.

L.A. Reid points out a sign to Demi.

X-Factor Providence auditions

The X-Factor judges talk to the audience before the taping of a show in Providence.

All four judges on stage prior to the first session starting. They talked to the crowd a little. During this portion the audience was encouraged to take photos with their cell phones and tweet the photos.

X-Factor Providence auditions

FOX photographer Ray Mickshaw takes a photo of the judges prior to the show starting.

I’ll end this post with a shot of FOX photographer Ray Mickshaw. He shot all the contestants and the judges from the front, right next to the stage.

On the next post, I’ll add some photos of the backstage area. Thanks for looking.

HDR of downtown Providence as springtime arrives.

Storm clouds roll over downtown Providence as the spring blooms on the trees of Pratt St. © Stew Milne 2012

Springtime in New England is beautiful. Especially after a long grey winter. This year we had very little snow to cover the ground, so we were without color on the trees for a good five months. This year we had an unseasonably warm March, which lead to an early spring and blossoms. If you know Providence, they you’ve probably viewed the city from Prospect Park on Congdon St. It’s a great view, but cliche if you shoot photographs from there. This photograph was taken from just below the park on Pratt St. I love the juxtaposition of the blossoms on the tree with the mostly dead limbs framing the city as the storm clouds roll in. This is an HDR image shot using six exposures, processed in Photomatix and finished in Photoshop.

The tragic death of Sgt. Max Dorley

Deadly crash

Providence police survey the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

This morning I was sitting down with an espresso editing over 800 photos from a shoot the day before when I hear a couple of police cars with sirens blaring drive by my house. This is not an uncommon event, as emergency vehicles use my street all the time. Then another couple of police cars, including undercover cars scream by. After watching 12 police cars speed up my street, I got my clothes on and grabbed my gear. I made call to the AP office, to see if they knew of anything. Since I didn’t know which direction they actually went, it took me a few minutes to find the scene they were heading to. As I arrived, six police cruisers escorted an ambulance away from the scene. Below are the photos from the scene.

 

Police crash

A police cruiser lays on a retaining wall after snapping a telephone pole on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. The police officer was extracted with the "jaws of life" and taken to the hospital. © Stew Milne

A time to mourn

A Providence police detective sits on a retaining wall near the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

Witnesses say the officer, Max Dorley, had his sirens on and a car in front of him pulled off to the right while another made a left turn in front him. Dorley had to swerve to miss hitting that vehicle and lost control, hitting the curb and becoming airborne.

Police crash

Providence Police chief Col. Hugh Clements, Jr., talks on the phone at the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

Police crash

A Providence police officer looks at the scene of a police cruiser accident on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

After extracting Dorley from the mangled vehicle, he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Dorley leaves behind a wife and two children.

Police officer killed

The head light of a police cruiser lies 100 feet from where the vehicle hit a utility pole on Admiral Street near the intersection of Huxley Street in Providence, R.I., Thursday, April 19, 2012. © 2012 Stew Milne

The Pauly D Project: Episode #3

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D looks through his closet for clothes for going out to club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Episode #3 appears to all take place in Vegas. I’m watching it as I type this. Since I don’t have any photos from Vegas, I’m just going to post a few more from Rhode Island.

DJ Pauly D

A 495 Productions videographer, I believe his name was Brian, records as DJ Pauly D washes his face at his home in Johnston, RI. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D talks with Biggie on the phone prior to a guest DJ spot at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew MilneDJ Pauly D, still on the phone with Biggie. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D fixes his signature hair style. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D accessorizes with a bit of bling. © 2011 Stew Milne

 

DJ Pauly D

There are a lot of mirrors in Pauly's house. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

Brian, with 495 Productions films Pauly D relaxing with some deejaying at his home in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D's custom laptop cover. If you notice on the show, they blur out the DJ Pauly D part. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D at hise home in Johnston. He's leaning on the tanning bed and notice the hair products on the shelf behind him. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D turns on his tanning bed. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D relaxes while watching TV. Pauly was waiting for his friends to arrive. © 2011 Stew Milne

Back to the turn tables with DJ Pauly D. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan Labbe is fairly tattooed. © 2011 Stew Milne

It got a little crowded in Pauly's living room with two video guys and three cast members, oh and one still photographer. © 2011 Stew Milne

Still life. Ryan on couch, tweeting. I love the wedding photo next to him. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan shows an inappropriate photo on Jerry's phone. © 2011 Stew Milne

Shots . © 2011 Stew MilneJerry delivers more shots. © 2011 Stew MilnePauly D and Ryan are bored as they wait for the taxi to arrive. © 2011 Stew Milne DJ Pauly D watches as Jerry gets a quick tan in the bed. © 2011 Stew Milne

Jerry works hard protecting DJ Pauly D at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

A few girls were able to sit with DJ Pauly D and enjoy some drinks. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D was popular with the ladies. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D works his way up to the DJ booth at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Biggie waits for DJ Pauly D to arrive to deejay at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D spins the vinyl as Biggie and Jerry enjoy. © 2011 Stew Milne

Peace. © 2011 Stew Milne

Ryan is high-fiving a 495 Productions video guy. © 2011 Stew Milne

Gestures from Ryan. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D meets the employees of club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

The Pauly D Project: Episode #2

Shoes

Pauly D looks through his closet for the right pair of shoes for the night. © 2011 Stew Milne

So here are some more behind the scenes photos of The Pauly D Project. Just a small portion of the second episode was filmed in Rhode Island, but I thought you would all like to see more of Pauly D and crew.

watches

Pauly D's collection of watches. © 2011 Stew Milne

Above is a photo of Pauly’s watches. He has everything meticulously laid out in his house, from shoes, to hair products.

Pauly's house

A 495 Productions videographer works it from the hip while shooting Pauly D and Jerry at Pauly's house in Johnston. I'm not sure if Jerry is sticking to his diet or not.© 2011 Stew Milne

Jerry and Ryan were over prior to all of them heading out to club Ultra. They were hungry so they ordered some food. It looks like Jerry is sticking to his diet.

house sitting

A 495 Productions videographer works it from the hip while shooting Pauly D and Jerry at Pauly's house in Johnston. In the background are a couple of sound guys. © 2011 Stew Milne

There are a lot of people that come with the 495 productions crew. I’m not sure where they all fit in Pauly’s house. Mostly in the kitchen, because no one ever really went in there.

pool hazard

Ryan takes a shot while avoiding the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

The tanning bed was a bit of a hazard.

tanning

Jerry decides to get a quick tanning in the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

So Jerry decided to get a quick tan while waiting for the taxi. He shouldn’t leave his phone out for the other two to play with.

tanning

Jerry decides to get a quick tanning in the tanning bed at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

That’s Jerry in the tanning bed. I think he fell asleep.

tweet this

While Jerry tans in the tanning bed, Ryan and Pauly tweet inappropriate messages from Jerry's phone at Pauly's house in Johnston. © 2011 Stew Milne

So while Jerry was tanning, Ryan and Pauly sent inappropriate tweets from Jerry’s phone.

Security

Jerry works security at Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

The gang finally made it to club Ultra, where Jerry was protecting Pauly and the crew from the mad fans.

the boys

Ryan, Pauly and Jerry at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Having some fun at club Ultra.

DJ

DJ Pauly D deejays at club Ultra in Providence. Notice the MTV camera at the bottom left.. © 2011 Stew Milne

 

Biggie rocks with DJ Pauly D at club Ultra.

DJ Pauly D

DJ Pauly D and Biggie at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

DJ Pauly D’s custom headphone.

What up?

I can't remember his name, but he's part of the 495 production crew. He was working a camera next to Pauly in the DJ booth at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

Part of the 495 Production crew pops up during shooting.

Biggie and MJ

Biggie talks with his girlfriend Mary Jane, following a show at club Ultra. © 2011 Stew Milne

A nice moment between Biggie and his girlfriend Mary Jane after DJ Pauly D performed at club Ultra.

Fans

DJ Pauly D poses with some fans after a show at club Ultra in Providence. © 2011 Stew Milne

Pauly takes a photo with a fan after a hsow at club Ultra in Providence.

So, not sure what next week will bring. It all depends on the show.