That's right, boys & girls...ISO 5000! And, even at that extreme, I still couldn't get a high enough shutter speed to do me any good! Most of these images were shot around 1/10th of a second, with a range from 1/2 second to 1/30th. The funny part is that I was concerned before the band started because the lighting on the band was so dismally low (1/30th at f/2.8, ISO 1600). Then, just as the band struck its first note, the stage manager brought the lights DOWN! What? Are you kidding me?
You'll notice that I took some creative liberties with these photos in post-processing. It was obvious, at the time I was making these photos, that they'd have a bunch of digital noise and plenty of blurring. After all, how sharp are the photos of a rock & roll band really going to be at 1/10 of a second? Clearly, this was a job for PHOTOSHOPman!!
Anyhoo...I just finished these and sent them to my I Sank Molly Brown friends, so I haven't heard their reaction, yet. I expect they'll be happy with them, though. I am.
For most of my work, I employ tools and techniques to compensate for awful lighting conditions...and this show certainly fell into that category. Occasionally, though, it's fun to work without a net and just let the chips fall where they may. These were photos I was taking for myself. I wasn't being paid and the band had no expectations of anything from me. So, why not take a few chances, right?! The worst case was that I'd have enjoyed a night out listening to a great band and have no photos to show for it. Clearly, an acceptable downside!
Hope you enjoy the final artistic interpretation of a fun night of music at Denver's Meadowlark Bar.