||[Jan. 5th, 2013|11:08 pm]
There was a New Years Party. If you were there, you know all about it. If you weren't, you missed good food, good music, good friends and gigantic fuzzy kitty cats. Many parties have three of the four, but if you didn't have all four, you didn't win at New Years.|
To make it up to you, here is a set of photos.
This was a test of my new camera in low light, so all of these shots are hand-held, use a fairly basic lens and no flash. I think it performed admirably.
Here's my favorite:
I think this captures well what it feels like to be a teenager.
That depth of clarity in her eyes would have been impossible with my former camera.
It does pretty well with spur of the moment shots too. ;)
Even when it gets action blur, things work out pretty well.
Some people completely change when they're in motion vs when they're sitting still. Fred is one of those people.
With my former camera, this shot would have been impossible. In this level of light, there would have been no clarity at all. Instead, you can see the actual colour blending in her dress. I find this amazing.
Action shots are fun...
Check out that hand shadow. This is something you almost never see because musicians inconsiderably like to play where they can hear one another and do not optimize for light shining through their instruments.
More and more people look like this at parties.
This is my second favorite of the set. I like how it captures silence amongst the noise of a party without also showing sadness.
I don't think she remembered me from having met me before, so I got a nice wary look here.
I remember feeling this way when I was that age and attending parties.
It must be annoying to be half the height of everyone else. I don't remember that age.
I don't know who these people are, but they seem happy.
When I first met this cat, it was significantly smaller.
Sometimes the world frames your shots for you.
This is the sort of shot I normally take at the Winnipeg Folk Festival. Turns out it works well at music parties too.
Monkey pants, lei and ipod. Ready for the party.
It's almost midnight.
I like how the light wraps around her face here.
I don't think she remembered me either. At a party years ago, she was my photo assistant. This year, she wanted to play the drums.
I like photo photos.
Check out the string.
After midnight, people get tired...
...well, some people. For others, the party is just getting started.
She is also one of those people that look better in motion.
I like the hand reflection here.
Beautiful! They take my breath away and make me think I should maybe give up on this "picture taking" thang. You got it nailed, bro'.
Don't give up!
It was *really* hard to get good photos in that sort of light. A lot of these photos would have been completely impossible with my former camera and many of them required special processing to get rid of the grain/noise. Almost every photo required a white balance adjustment, a noise reduction pass at different levels, both sharpening and wavelet sharpening and then basic midtone balancing.
A year ago, not only would I not have had the camera I'd need to get the shots, I wouldn't have had anywhere near the post-processing skill to know what to do with what I'd gotten. I'd have tossed over half of them and had to convert the rest into black and white just to make them acceptable.
2013-01-06 06:45 am (UTC)
I love the pictures. Your skills are awesome. I must admit to loving the cat photos most, oh and the washtub bass!