SBIPG meeting at Cold Spring Tavern

I had another SBIPG meeting (meetup) last night at Cold Spring Tavern.  Two members drove up from LA and we made great Friday night out of it.  We all arrived for perfect time to photograph anything that’s called “magic hour” which we can make everything look pretty.  We took advantage of rustic looking buildings on the property, determined exposure, explored the angles, and waited for the right moment to photograph our subject.  While we were waiting for the light to be where we wanted, we talked about the secret of tripods, lens issues, aperture and shutter speed (yes!), expensive equipments v.s. your visions, your intention for the shot, high and low angle for needed involvement with your subject, and much more.  We were just yapping away like we’ve known each other for years although I just met them for the first time.  Then the time has come.  It’s a small opportunity of a window to make interior lighting and exterior lighting dance beautifully with proper (matched) exposure setting for both areas without aid of any artificial lighting unit of your own.  I told them, “when it’s the time shoot especially when you get one change to shoot, you shoot shoot shoot even your pants are down to the ground, you just shoot because you are a photographer”.  (but then again, I never had to do that yet.  it’s unbelievable the things come out of my mouth)  More on Evening/Night Photography in the future.

Gary and Tina searching for the best angle

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Low angle for a visual impact: showcasing all elements in the shot

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Few more minutes until the crunch time

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Meter for the interior and expose it for your liking of exterior is good starting point to create unconventional (unique) architectural shots

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Gary and Anita getting creative

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We decided to move inside the bar to get some live musicians and its environment shots.  Half way there (30 feet) there were couple of kids sitting outside of the bar totally zoned in playing a portable computer game.  There already was another beautifully lit situation.  I asked them a permission to photograph, no problem with them, set our cameras up on tripods and made few shots there.  Practice on playing with dead space, what to & not to include in your shot (framing), with & without a flash unit on camera…etc.  Gwennie and David, you guys were awesome models, I tell you!!

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Finally we got inside the cabin (bar) and the band was rocking out big time in this very intimate setting.  David’s (not the model) Claude Hopper plays happy music. (make you wanna get up and dance and go ahhhhhhhhh!)  Anyway, beautiful lighting inside the cabin, we had to take advantage of that lighting instead of just light everything up with a flash unit on your camera.  Auto flash photography is like eating your ice cream with soy sauce on top.  When you control your flash manually, you can capture the excitement of whatever is happening in front of you in dark, dimly lit environment.  We played around with our flash units, experimented with direct flash v.s. bounced light, and also what to do when you got nothing to bounced n and so on.  We made some fun images, talked more on photography and we even had time to have a drink and enjoyed the music.

David’s Claude Hopper rocking out

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Earl + Bobbie + Laurie

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I didn’t mix business with pleasure.  Entire evening was pleasure.

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The band member, Michael/Drummer & Andy/Electric Guitar, and its gorgeous groupies (ah, can a sister and her friend be groupies?)

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Where happy people hang out

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Cold Spring Tavern

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SBIPG (Santa Barbara International Photography Group), click here

Claude Hopper Music

Cold Spring Tavern

Andy Webb’s Guitar Amp Repair Shop 805-698-3129  andrewearlwebb@gmail.com

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