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Old Jun 25, 2011, 8:27 PM   #1
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One of my neighbors plays in a band that performs at a local "dive" in far north Dallas every Thursday night and he's been asking me to come up and try my hand at capturing some images of them and this past Thursday evening I did.

I said dive, and this place was a D-I-V-E. No special cigarette smoke filtration within those walls. When I got home, I sprayed my clothes before putting them in the hamper and took a long shower, but while I was there I had a lot of fun (great people) and there were no restrictions. I'll probably go back this week or next and play with some first and second curtain slow flash sync shooting. I think there are some cool shots just waiting to be taken using that technique.

These were shot with the E5 and 50mm f2 Zuiko wide open at f2 (and it focused very fast on the E5 all evening with NO hesitation or racking in and out) and I was often very close so the depth of field is very narrow in most of the shots. The band played for about an hour and it took me the first half or so of their set to figure out how I wanted to do this. I settled on manual exposure mode after a while, played with the settings and left the ISO on auto to do it's own thing. The lighting was far from good or even decent, but I came away with some captures I liked and knowledge that'll help me the next time.

My neighbor is the lead guitar and a very good player. He was worried about wearing his glasses. I told him it was just his best Eric Clapton impersonation.


















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Old Jun 25, 2011, 8:33 PM   #2
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Those are good Greg. They could have been taken by a pro for a music magazine. Well done.
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Old Jun 25, 2011, 10:05 PM   #3
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....what Steven said, me too, Very Good!
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Not only good but just plain fun. That focal B&W is a good idea for that one shot. Looking forward to your next set. Try some backlight along with your delayed flash for mood.

I hear you with your "Spray and wash"
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Very good Gregg, #1 was my fav. Excellent.
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I like them all but #1 is my favorite too.
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Hi Greg,

Great series and a great use for the 50mm f2.0. Another reason to own one.

By the way your friend has a great guitar. That strat is a wonderful 'classic'.

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sharp clear, colourful, good skin tones, and at ISO2000 ??
better than good Greg

Q/ has your sharpening routine changed over the past 3 0r 4 months ?
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sharp clear, colourful, good skin tones, and at ISO2000 ??
better than good Greg

Q/ has your sharpening routine changed over the past 3 0r 4 months ?
Thanks, Rriley.

The ISO's varied. Many were 2500 and several made it up to 3200. There were a couple where I used flash that were much lower...around ISO 250.... than the others.

I changed a few settings for these. I use a standard E5 profile as a starting point for most everything I shoot with that camera, but made some tweeks a while back and saved those as a standard profile for ISO 1600 files from the E5. I used that profile as my base for files I shot at this event which were captured at ISO 1600 or higher and progressively added noise filtering/cut down various sharpening settings as the ISO's went up and lowered some noise increasing sliders in the first ACR tab in addition to adding some with the Blacks slider to mask what noise I could not control as well. On a couple I even went into negative clarity to get a softer look and mask some noise.

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