The Rough Draft

If you can't go through it. Go around it.

I’ve been trying to set up a shoot with a friend of mine who does live sketch comedy.  I want to do a behind the scenes thing and because his shows are sort of retro I wanted to recreate that high grain, high contrast black and white look of some of the grittier night club photography of the late 60s and early 70s.  Turns out it’s harder than it looks.  One of the issues is the glass in your camera is substantially better and your camera settings themselves can work against you.  So I’ve been fiddling with it for the last couple of weeks, making parts of the house suitably dark to try things out.  I even went so far as to using a manual 35mm lens at F22 but while the end result was in the ball park I was shooting for, this setup turned out to put too many physical restrictions on my ability to take candid photos.

However, I remembered my 40mm STM lens.  I picked it up a couple of months ago and hadn’t really played around with it.  It has a decent Macro range as well and a very fast and smooth auto focus.  For my subject matter I used a ship in an electric light bulb my friend Kelly (the guy who actually put that ship in that light bulb) gave me many years ago.

I think I’m closing in on the look I want.

Not too grainy but I did like the dreamlike quality of the shot. ISO 100 at F2.8 1/30 exposure

This time, I’m at ISO 12800, F2.8, 1/1000 exposure

Same settings as above but I’m shooting 64mm equivalent for this one.

Looking for that good angle…




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