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A Weekend Excursion

One of the major ways my wife has to pry me out of the house is to promise that I can bring a camera (or two) and take pictures. She recently used this device to get me to travel to North Carolina for a long 3-day weekend to hear a couple of harpers perform. These were Patrick Ball, an internationally known Celtic harper of the wire-strung instrument, and Shira Kammen, who is not only a well-known harper and early-musician of many talents, but also a personal friend of my wife.

My wife (right) and her friend, Shira Kammen (left)  Fujifilm X100

My wife (right) and her friend, Shira Kammen (left)
Fujifilm X100

The show was a dramatic presentation of the story of Tristan and Iseult with Patrick Ball as the narrator and Shira Kammen on musical accompaniment. The venue was a place call “The Music House”, which is owned by a professor of music at Eastern Carolina University there in town.

The Music House; Greenville, NC  Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

The Music House; Greenville, NC
Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

They said that the house was built around 1900 and the interior is beautiful. We owned a house of this vintage for a while, but we had neither the money nor the vision to do what these folks have done. In addition to living there and collecting musical instruments, the owners also present these small chamber-concerts in what may once have been a formal dining room.

The Music House; Greenville, NC Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

The Music House; Greenville, NC
Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

I brought my small Fuji X100 camera and my Canon 5D along with 3 or 4 lenses. When we went to the concert however, I didn’t want to lug a whole pile of stuff, so I just put on an EF 16-35mm f2.8L lens and used that. Patrick Ball didn’t want photographs during the show, so I snapped some around the house and then a few afterward. The setting made some “antique” processing seemed appropriate, and this was done in NIK Color-Efex Pro-4.

The Music House; Greenville, NC Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

The Music House; Greenville, NC
Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

My wife and Patrick Ball after the show. It was Patrick Ball and his wire-strung Celtic harp that helped inspire my wife to take up the harp too.

Patrick Ball Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

Patrick Ball
Canon 5D mkIII; EF 16-35mm f2.8L

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About John

As of Q4 2016 I am a 63-year-old male, married for 28-years, no children (by mutual choice with my wife) and after spending about a year experimenting with "early retirement", I went back to work FT in August, 2012. I am now a "network engineer" at a small liberal arts college in SE Pennsylvania. Feel free to contact me via e-mail, if you wish at; jrdpa-wpblog@usa.net

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