Playing with Starbursts and Cooke at the Wonder Bar

August 31, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Well, it seems I did not like the shutter speed I was able to muster when I dropped the iso to 3200. I went through one set before I cranked it back up to the 5000 mark. I was getting around 125 which is way to slow for the amount of movement going on. I think the new lights were turned down a bit too, as the 160 - 200 seemed the norm again. I did get to the point towards the end of the second set where it was time to try something different. I had all my shots in and it was time to for me play around with all these LED'S shining me in the face. 

So right off the bat, this is a "normal" shot for me. Sporting the 135mm at 2.2 and 250th

The thing I picked up on here was how the lights were shining in an almost starburst pattern and just tempting me to close it down and see what happens. The dangerous thing about doing this is the correlation needed in shutter speed to get a usable exposure. That is what keeps things interesting though right? Trying new things, learning your limits, figuring out what works and what does not. This is how we grow. 

I did not even consider doing this with the longish lens on, so I put the 35 back on and spent around 20 clicks figuring out what worked and what did not. I kept four out of the bunch, this one being my favorite.

It helped that the band had moments of very little movement. Four moments to be exact. 1/20th of a second, f11 for this one. The rest just could not contain the movement which is why they were trashed.

I even found myself at 1/13th for a couple of shots and you can certainly see the movement going on in the arms here. 

I will continue to play around with this to find out the proper balance to use and retain a quality shot. And of course I will have to use the long lens for some close ups and see what I can come up with. I always see awesome photos with killer starbursts in them, makes for a very interesting shot. 

This one was a little more contained at f8 and 1/40th. The key of course is to find out how open you can get and still maintain the effect. We will be finding that out soon enough.

The band we are looking at is Cooke. A very soulful, folk and indie rock outfit out of Brooklyn. Good stuff indeed. You can check out the full post and more shots from the show here

Thanks for stopping by, talk to you soon. 

Phil


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