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Photography, thoughts, etc by NYC based punk nerd Kate Hoos.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fun Times With Fuji Instax SP2 Printer


This is a new little gadget I just picked up, the Fuji Instax SP2 Smartphone printer. It is a super rad little thing which basically means I turned my phone into an instant camera (sort of) and that is pretty awesome in my book.


But really, isn't technology an amazing thing? It sure is! I know that this little gadget has been out for a year but it's new to me so I'm going to gush over it just a little bit here and maybe this is a pseudo product review? We'll go with that haha.

I was originally going to buy batteries for my Instax camera but found this printer instead and opted for it over just using the camera itself for 2 reasons. First, I can print whatever is in my archives that I want to and second, because of that, I can curate the content and make whatever edits I need ahead of printing so I'm not wasting time/money/resources with bum images I don't like cuz the film is expensive and I just don't want to be wasteful, throwing out stuff I don't like or sticking them in a drawer somewhere.

I tested it out and played around with images from a wide variety of sources then scanned all of these with my desktop flatbed. I applied no filters and made no adjustments in Photoshop, just cropped off the edges. I made some prints for some band friends too which I think they liked because I got some good reactions! I do plan to incorporate this into some work going forward, probably in a collage/mixed media capacity. I really miss making collage based work so I am itching to get back to it.

Anyway, take a look at the goods....in no particular order...

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2017- Bushwick, Brooklyn- taken with my iPhone 6. 

I applied the Instax app "Intelligence "filter which seems to boost the brightness and contrast a bit. This is the only print I used that in app filter on. I took this in the evening when the light was fading a bit so the colors didn't pop quite as much as I'd have liked so the filter helped.

 Bella-Bop aka my daughter <3 font="" style="text-align: center;" t="">aken with my iPhone 6 via Snapchat (which I think creates slighter lower resolution images but I could be just imagining that) 

This is as is, no filter applied. The blacks get a bit muddled, so since her eyes were mostly closed when I took the picture, the detail gets lost in that. Full disclosure that I got this printer mainly to make tons of miniature instant prints of my cats, duuuuuhhhhhh


The above 2 are Downtrodder in Philly 6/2017 and Namatay Sa Ingay 7/2017 in Brooklyn, both taken with my Nikon D750.

I'm pretty sure these were hi-res files that I used for these and they were very sharp but I see a definite loss of detail in these prints. I'm not sure if it's because the software tried to compress it some or because there's just a lot going on, but I am going to try again with a lower resolution file and see if that works better. Ironic that a professional full frame SLR with the high resolution is the best camera I used on this list and the images I took with it were the ones that the prints were just a little off when I made them haha.

I'm not complaining though, because there is plenty of other stuff I can do with the hi-res versions plus since long exposure is a staple of my live band shooting style, it's really cool to see that come to life as an instant print even if it's not super crisp. I would have never been able to do that with the Instax camera I have, so I am REALLY glad I shelled out the extra money for this printer vs getting batteries for the camera.

2017- Queens- taken with my iPhone 6. 

No filter, printed as is. The colors are crisp and pretty well saturated which I like. It was a bright summer morning when I took this, which helped for sure. I just love that goofy face, reminds me of myself haha just needs some glasses!

 San Francisco 2005- Nikon D70 which was the first DSLR I ever owned. I got a lot of mileage out of that camera and it lived a long, healthy life with my brother after I got a newer model a few years later.

The blacks again get a slight bit muddled and look a bit flat but not terribly so. I have loved this phrase/image for many years so a print of it has hung in various apartments I've had over that time.
Me! Circa 1987 taken by one of my parents on 35mm film, likely with a point and shoot camera. T

his is a double whammy as I scanned the pic and posted it to IG a little while ago. Then I took a screen shot, enlarged it a little in the app (which warned me if I went any larger, it would lose quality. That is a nice feature to avoid making bum prints that are low quality) and made the print. Not bad for all that! Even some of the detail in my hot super fashionable overalls is visible. I would like to make a print from the original file to compare side by side to see if more detail comes through

 NYC Street art by BAST circa 2000-ish Nikon FM2 35mm camera.

This is another image I have just loved and loved for so long so it was top of the list to print. I found this randomly walking around in lower Manhattan going to the old Knitting Factory, so it was in the area of Leonard, St. In fact, a faded larger print of this still hangs in my apartment today. I made a hi-res scan of the negative at some point in college which then sat on an external for over 10 years until I pulled it off to test out for this print. The slight gradient appearance of the robot is on the original scan so the Instax printer did a good job of keeping the blacks looking nice.

Another brilliant childhood picture of myself hahaha. I believe this dates to around 1985 or 86, I took a picture of the print with my phone and posted it to IG. This is a screenshot of that, so not too bad i n terms of detail. I am going to make a scan of the original print and use that to do another Instax print to compare side by side. 


2017- Blue Skies- Scan from 35mm negative taken with a disposable camera.

Some details are lost in the clouds but nothing to get upset about. Took this out the window of a van when I was touring with my friend's band this summer. I think it's somewhere around Kentucky or Indiana, I'm not 100% sure though.


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Glad I got this little gadget, it's fun. I have some other rando things I've been tinkering with that maybe I'll review too. None of it fancy expensive stuff or even new really, but doesn't matter to me.

Stay tuned, more punk photo nerd stuff to come, thanks for reading :D

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Don't use these images without asking/crediting me THX!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Basic Bizness Mini Tour


BASIC BIZNESS YA'LL (pic by Krystal)



2 weekends ago, my band Lady Bizness teamed up with Basic Bitches for a mini weekend tour which was pretty freaking rad if I do say so myself. I of course intended to get these pics up sooner but got distracted by life stuff but mostly 3 old hard drives jammed full of pics so I spent more time going through that stuff than I should have without having these done. But there were many gems I unearthed so I was taking a stroll down memory lane and being very distracted by that, boo! There are some epic show pics in there so stay tuned, as I get those sorted I'll post stuff.

Anyyyyyway, take a lil look. The first night was the best in terms of my photographic output, but I got fun shots of BB all 3 days. Any pics of Lady Bizness were obviously not taken by me so I credited who took the pic below it.

To see the pics larger and to scroll thru more easily, click on any pic and use your arrow keys.

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Night 1- Milkweed, Sugarloaf NY


First things first, there was a cute kitty in the yard outside and we spent some QT getting pets in before the show. There was also some hula-hooping action which I did not get any pictures of and now regret. Okay, onward to the show pics.......






The Orgonauts [NY pop punk. Their lead singer Gabe hooked the night up and is one of my fellow Punk Island organizers. He also booked one of my old bands in 2006 so we go back a bit!]




Basic Bitches. Our tour mates and #bandbesties They killed it as usual, duhhh



Taking care of Bizness in Sugarloaf (pics by Lysa)






Fat Chance [NJ ska/crust/skate punk. It's been a very long time since I have played with a ska band- and of course I got no good pics of their sax player :/ boo- cuz you know, I'm old lololol. These kids brought the noise and the energy and were a ton of fun to watch. I def would love to shoot them again]

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Night 2- Willimantic Records, Willimantic CT



We absolutely LOVE playing at this little hole in the wall record shop. The people are the nicest ever and the proprietor of the shop Joe, is the kindest man and made sure all of us were taken care of with discounted records, gas money for the road, and just an all around welcoming atmosphere.


Damn, stole our record cover idea :/

I'm bad with names so unfortunately I forgot this gentleman's name but he came to see us last time we played there and got our shirt. He came back this time to represent and also purchase some Midge records



I love the window gorilla 4e



Johnny (from Sister Munch) came to hang out got a little meta with the Dead Milkmen hahaha


Smokes



Connecticut Bizness (pics by Johnny)


Breaking the 4th wall yo




Cuz who doesn't love getting METAAAAAA (and also shallowwwww depth of field) ?????

I didn't get pics of the other bands well I just suck, what can I say? haha

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Night 3- O'Brien's, Coram NY


Lady Biz does Long Island for the first time (pic by Naomi)








That's how you close out a fucking night in case you were wondering.


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Clearly, we had a blast and we def plan to do another weekender with Basic Bitches so hopefully we can make it happen and come thrash in a town near you :D

Thanks to everyone else we played with and who helped hook up shows, we really appreciate it!




Some Basic Bitches and Lady Bizness love at the end of the road (photo by Lysa)

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Bands, you know the drill, credit me if you post on your social media ;)



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Punx of Color 3

Punx of Color 3 was brought to you by Punx of Color NYC a collective of POC Punx in NYC- "The punk scene is arguably the most diverse "scene" there is. Yet inadvertently, walking into the average show, bills aren't reflective of the scene's diversity. Punx of Color (P.O.C.), is an effort to celebrate the scene's diversity all in one place by bringing together bands that include members from across the spectrum of color and identity"

The fest took place on Friday 7/14 at Silent Barn in Bushwick and was a benefit for The Young Center, an organization that supports and advocates for children and young immigrants. With a lineup featuring 7 bands, a wide gamut of punk styles was covered over the course of the night. Check out my photos below and please support the bands, Punx of Color NYC, and all of the folks tirelessly working to make DIY punk a better and more inclusive space for all!

To see the pics larger and to scroll thru more easily, click any pic and use your arrow keys.

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Namatay Sa Ingay (check them out in the Pinoy Punk issue of Maximum Rock N Roll which features them on the cover too)












MAAFA (first show. I don't think they have social media yet, will correct and link if I am wrong)

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All photos copyright Kate Hoos. Bands if you use these for your social media, cool, but give me a credit plz and a link (@hoosatron) For all other uses, or hi-res versions or any of these photos for print usage etc, get in touch for info/rates :D