Friday, May 21, 2010


The Republic Bar in Manukau City was the venue for the launch of a new Anonymouz single entitled Memories.  What a wonderful evening with lovely people making great music.

The light wasn't the best and without the aid of a flash the results were very average indeed.  The first shot in this post was achieved with a flash kindly loaned by Adrian Malloch.  Flash was mounted on a railing on the mezzanine floor and triggered by a wireless device attached to my camera's hotshoe.  I was impressed and very keen to get a similar setup myself.  Sponsorship more than welcome btw :-)

Without the flash the light levels dictated an ISO setting of 6400, lens wide open at f1.8 and a shutter speed of 1/100sec.  All images were shot RAW with the camera's focus and exposure set manually.  It was difficult to know what to do with exposure as the musicians moved around beneath spotlights embedded in the ceiling.  I just picked an exposure that seemed a good average and used that for all the shots.  Camera response was obviously much faster as it didn't have to think, but focussing was difficult and it did mean some extra work in NX2 for the incorrectly exposed images!

Overall most of my images weren't up the same level of clarity as the first in this post.  Nevertheless, perhaps they give a better impression of the atmosphere at the bar?  Take a squiz, don't forget to click on the images to get an enlarged view, and perhaps leave a comment and let me know what you think.


  1. Chris .. You did well to get some photos in very low light conditions. Standing in front of the stage, I couldn't even see the performers it was so dark. The first photo is definitely my fave :)

  2. Thanks Semi. Great atmosphere at the bar, but the lighting wasn't the best. It's a real challenge in conditions like this but to use the flash spoils the effect really. First shot's my fave too btw :-)