Dark Club, Fast Lens

I had been shooting an Ojai Art Center Theater fundraiser till quite late, and thought I could put the camera away for a while and go enjoy a band recommended by my daughter. When I got to The Village Jester, the place was reasonably packed and the band, D.on Darox and the Melody Joy Bakers, was AMAZING. I spent about two minutes in the doorway of the bar before hoofing it back to the car and grabbing the D7000 with the 85 f/1.4. Here are some of my favorite images from the night.

Long lens, small stage. This is the closest I got to a group shot. No drummer, though.

I found these guys very photogenic, not least because the club’s bad light suited them.

ISO 3200. A wider lens might have been nice, because his guitar would certainly add some story to this image. But I don’t have two grand for the 24mm f/1.4.

I tried to get a shot of each band member.

If you’ve never heard a GOOD trumpet player in a small club, you really ought to. This guy was GOOD.

Suggestion of a drummer. And I had to shoot this from the street, through a window.

A fast lens and high ISO are only part of the equation. Catching the moment counts too.


Usually I prefer sharp foregrounds with narrow depth of field, but not in this case.


I got some good shots at the fundraiser earlier in the evening, but I have to confess that this is what I’d rather be doing, and I think it shows in the images. With a dark club and a fast lens, I feel like I can move toward a style that fuses subject and presentation. It just feels more personal.

…or maybe it’s just the hat….



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One response to “Dark Club, Fast Lens

  1. Myrna Cambianica

    not “just the hat” … these are great!

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