Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Ragtimers at Dressel's Pub

The St Louis Ragtimers play at Dressel's every year on the night before Thanksgiving in honor of Scott Joplin's birthday. I brought the wide lens and showed up early because i hoped to get in close and get a shot like this. The stage was fairly dark and I eventually used just a straight-up bounce (SB-800) at -1 2/3. I would have liked to fill the shadow under the hat but any straight-on light seemed too strong. The lights seen in the window are street lamps on Euclid. The B&W conversion is the Aged Photo preset in Lightroom with the saturation all the way down and the brightness kicked up. Nikon D200, ISO 400, 1/20 at f/4, Nikon 12-24mm at 24.

4 comments:

David said...

Great shot - I'm a big fan of Dressel's. The banger and cheese plate is one of my favorites!

Preston said...

Nicely executed, Ray. The repeated diagonals worked out great. Just curious, why the D200 instead of D3?

Ray said...

I guess I like to think I'm a bit less conspicuous if i'm not lugging the big body along, and i knew i'd be using flash. it would have been interesting though to see what I could do with that high ISO.

Preston said...

Have you tried the Active D-Lighting? It sounds like automates the Ansel Adams advice, "expose for shadows, develop for the highlights." The demos are impressive.