Las Vegas is well known as the entertainment capital of the world not solely for what is offered in the clubs and casinos but raw talent found on the streets. Where better to find raw talent as a talent scout than the streets of Las Vegas. Just walking around the Strip on Las Vegas Blvd one gets immersed in the land of entertainment. It is early NYE day December 31, 2014. The wind has been blowing snow flurries all morning long as preparations are almost complete for the big New Year’s Eve celebration tonight on the Las Vegas Strip.
Ken Huffines originally from L.A. is a self-taught composer. He has two albums worth of original material. Currently, he wants to work with a fellow busking street performer Matthew Victory. He is hoping to hit it off with him and send recordings back to L.A. to his fan base there. He wants to do some shows or at least put out a C.D. He has not worked any nightclubs in Vegas yet, but he has worked at L.A. clubs. He finds it more difficult to play in front of a small group as opposed to a large group of people. His music is mainly 90’s alternative throwback. He says Jack Johnson, Guns and Roses, and Dustin Kensrue influence his work. Ken even named his son Dustin. A huge influence has been Jack Johnson swinging his work from heavy metal to more mellow tones and rhythm. Ken draws inspiration for his songs from his childhood. He had a tumultuous childhood with his brother passing away early. He now has a wife and two children ages five and three. He would like to start a clothing company in the next couple of years. He wants to go with the route of aggressive sports such as snowboarding and skate boarding.
Ken does street performance because he just misses playing. At home, he teaches his children to play guitar. He would really love to get into a casino or club to play. Currently he is playing five to seven nights a week on the street on the Strip in Las Vegas to stay focused on his work. He plays on the south end of the Strip. Occasionally, his wife, Pennie, plays tambourine with him and they go by the name the Karma Pennies. If one would like to contact Ken for work and recordings, his email is KenHuffines@yahoo.com and his demo reels are on youtube.
Another character seen on the Strip from time to time is Waldo Traveler. Yes, Waldo was seen amidst the vast crowds of the Las Vegas Strip NYE 2015. Waldo Traveler accepts no donations for his alter ego. He merely dresses up for fun times. Where’s Waldo was made infamous by illustrator Martin Handford in the mid 1980’s. This is the alter ego of the anonymous. He could really be any of us. Other illustrated focal points other than Wally are Wenda, Odlaw, Wizard Whitebeard, and Woof all of which are characterized by red and white or stripes.
Focal points bring up an interesting discussion of physics and precision photography. Focal length is the calculation of divergent and convergent light. With a 55 mm camera there is a sweet spot at which point collimated rays are brought to a focus. A system with a shorter focal length has greater optical power than one with a long focal length. So, as an example use the Canon Rebel xti. With minimum amount of zoom opened up for a larger scale picture, we see less definition in the overall image, even when getting in close for the picture. The sweet spot (max optimal focal power) comes in when zooming in to a mid range and getting in close for the photo. This decreases focal length maximizing the optical power. For examples of what optimal power looks like, none of these images have been edited in post other than resizing. Have a safe and Happy New Year 2015.