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Happy Friday! Here are a few photos from last Friday’s Lipgloss dance party with Guest DJ Roger Samson. You can view the full set on Flickr, share and tag yourself on Facebook or check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post.
Nightlife Photography: Tyler Jacobson Returns to Lipgloss (3.23.12), TheHundred Presents: Gina Turner at Beauty Bar (3.24.12) and DJ Tower at Lipgloss (4.13.12)
The return of Tyler Jacobson (Lipgloss at La Rumba, 3.23.12) with Boyhollow and Option4
Le Castle Vania played a great set at Lipgloss on 11.11.11. As always, check out the Lipgloss Flickr gallery to see the entire set of photos from that night, or view the slideshow at the end of this post.
Nightlife Photography: The Hundred at Beauty Bar (11.19.11) with Damon Allen, Peter Black, Mike Deez and Option4
Last Saturday kicked off the first monthly dance party at Denver’s Beauty Bar called The Hundred. Created by Brennen Bryarly (aka Option4), The Hundred is a social concept spawned by the love of real music, where a select number of dedicated fans (can you guess how many?) get to vote and decide which talent they want to come out and play at each month’s event. For more information, check out this Westword article (which features a photo of Brennen by Yours Truly, albeit uncredited) and the Kaffeine Buzz interview with Option4.
I know Brennen from Lipgloss, where he is a resident DJ along with Michael Trundle, so I knew he would bring tons of charisma and good energy to The Hundred. However, I think it’s fair to say that the turn-out on Saturday exceeded everyone’s expectations.
I photographed the event with my Canon 7D, sporting a Tokina 10-16mm F2.8 lens and a Canon 430 EXII flash (pretty much, my standard nightclub photography set-up these days). You can see the entire photo set on The Hundred Flickr site, or just play the slideshow at the end of this post (make sure to full-screen it and crank up some dance music to go with it for a full effect)!
During the last couple of photo shoots at Lipgloss, I finally got a chance to play with my new Tokina 11-16mm lens in a nightclub environment. I love the ultra-wide angle and fast F2.8 aperture it provides (although, I almost never go down to F2.8 and usually hover around F3.5-F4 to keep things a little bit more in focus).
As most people know, nightclub photography is especially challenging due to a variety of factors that range from technical issues such as extreme low-light and constantly-changing ambiance to logistical annoyances (impenetrable crowds of drunk people, noise, spilled drinks and etc). There is no time to mess with focus or other settings – a nightclub photographer needs to be able to grab shots on the fly. It’s a battlefield out there! One advantage of the Tokina is that it’s built like a tank. And, even though it doesn’t have a silent motor and focusing is therefore not as fast or smooth as with my Canon EF-S 17-55mm lens, because of Tokina’s narrow ultra-wide range, it’s usually not a problem. The glass is pretty sharp, even if that is not always evident from my quarter-second exposures :) I do wish it had IS, but even without stabilization the lens performs quite well.
I really like the extreme wide angles you can get with ATX-116, such as this shot of former Lipgloss resident DJ Chase Dobson, who came back to play a set on August 19th:
And, even though it’s a wide lens, you can still a little bit of bokeh effect when you get really close to your subject, zoomed in to 16mm at F2.8:
Of course, vertical people shots at 11mm can look pretty distorted, in a fun way :)
At 16mm (below-right), distortion isn’t too bad:
I celebrated the start of 2011 at Lipgloss with my camera, a champagne toast and 700 happy people. Be sure to check out the slideshow at the bottom of this post to see the rest of the photos from the party!
Another fun-filled night of dancing, music and cheap drinks at Lipgloss. One of these days, I’ll have to get myself a nice ultra-wide angle lens. 17mm just doesn’t seem wide enough for some club shots anymore.
Would you like me to photograph your nightlife event or party? Contact me!