I’m not talking about actual sugar. The kind that’s good to eat but not good for you. This is the good clean fun kind of sugar.
A few weeks ago at Alison’s birthday party Tro told me she was going to be dancing and choreographing a burlesque show called Sugar Club. I half way invited myself to be the photographer for the night. She took the bait and off I went.
I wanted to be able to push my 5D Mark iii to the limit. Considering it has a really high ISO and all.
So I showed up early to the Viper Room and made myself known and at home. The girls were all super nice, beautiful and talented. Lighting was a challenge. I had rented a 70-200 zoom lens but during rehearsal I decided I didn’t want to use it. I wanted to get shots of the whole group and the 70 just didn’t give that to me. I used my 50mm 1.4 for half the rehearsal and loved it but during the show I put on the 35-70 2.8. It was perfect. I could get wide and closeish. I probably should have put the 70-200 on my other 5D Mk ii and shot with two cameras but I’ve never done that before and didn’t want to be messing with cameras instead of getting the shot! Everything goes by so fast in those situations.
I did however use spot metering which I taught myself during the storytellers night. It really helps when there’s a lot of darkness and the subject is being lit with direct light. I still shot manually though. The hardest part was pushing and pulling the ISO. I had it at 3500 to 5000 the entire show. For a second I pushed it to 10,000 but didnt want to go there. But what does one do when you want a deeper dof and fast shutter speed? I wanted to get clean captures of the dancing with no blurring.
Anyhoo, I wish the lighting was better. Less green would have been nice. I had to make some of the shots b&w in order to avoid the ladies looking like green monsters in some of the shots but I liked the look so it worked out.