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Houston Texas Architecture Rocks!

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Houston Architecture literally rocks at Live Nation’s Verizon Wireless Theater. On my recent shoot for Live Nation in Houston Texas, my two day photo shoot involved photographing the whole venue staged and fully set up for two big shows.

Day one for the Glenn Beck show was set up concert style with full seating. The second day for a rocking Michael McDonald benefit concert was set up for elegant dining for 500 guests. The caterers and design team did an amazing job transforming the venue.

If you are hungry after a regular show there,  The Hard Rock Cafe is conveniently right next door, no extra driving needed!

Generally speaking, the larger the venue, the less of my own lighting can be spread around. It becomes too risky for damage or personal injury. Instead I rely on working with the lighting director of the venue, I will still add some foreground and fill light as needed.

The lighting director was in back of the stage during my shoot and agreed to change the color balance every 5 minutes as I worked. Once we have the levels balanced, I begin my series of exposures. I always shoot a spectrum of exposures in case I need to retouch something or blend some images together.

Since going to SLR high rez digital, I switched from Nikon to Canon. I have always been in love with PC and Tilt Shift lenses for Architectural Photography and Canon has the best! I use both Canon 24mm and 17mm TS-E lenses.

For the the Concert Hall, I used the 17mm lens with a pair of Lowel Tota Flags, they are portable metal gobos that link to a bendable arm and can shade super wide lenses from lens flair. I always carry these with me as well as an array of Lowel stands and lighting. I have been lucky Lowel has helped me set up a cool bag of tricks to use and protect my gear while shooting nationwide.

After the shoot I am always on the hunt for the best BBQ which I have always found in Texas. After walking the town and looking in on my other client, House of Blues Houston, I wandered down to The Grove for a fine dining experience. Next time you are in town try the Hill Country Venison, smoky and lean. Thanks Houston!

House of Blues Cool New Nationwide Menu

Friday, October 15th, 2010


The New House of Blues Menu Features Art And Artists

Albert King


After some time in design, the new House of Blues restaurant menu is here. I was pleased that my photography was used exclusively in the design of the new menus. The photographs were not taken specifically for the menu, but from a large, rich body of work collected over 11 years. Like the House of Blues itself, the menu features an eclectic blend of blues and original outsider art, sprinkled with colorful architecture from venues around the country. Along with the famous Southern Style Menu, art and architecture was collected and photographed from Las Vegas, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, and Houston House of Blues venues.

The 9×14″ menu was designed not only with style in mind, but also the environment. The cover is constructed using an Eco friendly wood called Blue Pine. Nature has already begun harvesting the wood as it is being attacked by the Mountain Pine Beetle. Harvesting this wood does not deplete natural resources, and also clears the environment for new growth. Way to go House of Blues! The wood is rich with beautiful veins of blue gray color running through it. The menu is in National use already at House of Blues venues. Next time you swing by take a look a grab some of their world Famous Cajon Cooking.


Foundation Room, House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada

Foundation Room, House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada











Houston to Las Vegas Baby !

Monday, August 24th, 2009
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House of Blues Restaurant, Downtown Houston, Texas

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House of Blues, Downtown Houston, Texas

On the final leg of the House of Blues summer photo tour we ended up at the beautiful new House of Blues in Downtown Houston, Texas. Texas is hot and clammy in the summer, so we limited our exposure by working inside during the day and shooting the exteriors at night. The huge new restaurant has many large windows facing out side so the shoot started at around 11 pm and finished up around 2:30 am, nothing like a long day of Architectural Photography! The next night we tackled the exterior of the House of Blues using a tall ladder, stopping traffic, and ending up with the moon and super blue night sky as the background.

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Club Oba, House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nevada

After soaking up the Houston vibe and some killer food at the Goode Company Barbeque, we were on our way to Las Vegas. The House of Blues Las Vegas, Nevada is one of the original venues and is loaded with great outsider art that adorns every part of the venue. Huge art pieces with real guitars and suitcases sticking out by Patterson and Barnes, line the entrance to the concert hall. Along with great food and entertainment, the private “Foundation Room” club at the top of Mandalay Bay boasts the best view of the Las Vegas strip at night. House of Blues special events services offer private party rental of club “Oba” which looks over the restaurant from one side and into the concert hall from the other.

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House of Blues live music and Cajun food, Las Vegas, Nevada

Las Vegas at night from the top of Mandalay Bay

Las Vegas at night from the top of Mandalay Bay

Our last night we were able to enjoy some live blues in the restaurant that was filled with people eating, drinking, and having a great time. The next morning we had and early call to complete an architectural shot of the same restaurant space with no crowd.



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House of Blues Porch Restaurant, Las Vegas, Nevada

It was great to see the House of Blues Las Vegas again to photograph the changes since my first House of Blues photo shoot there 10 years ago!








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