Over the Cork Jazz Weekend: 26-29th oct

I took my camera out over the Jazz weekend in a hope to take some photos of the various musicians over the famous weekend. However, I've never seen the place so busy! We couldn't even see the acts we were listening to most of the time, sometimes being relegated to the smoking/beer garden.

Still it was a great weekend as always and it didn't stop me taking photos!

D7000 - 35mm 1.8

Above: Lovely sunsets on the Saturday of the weekend. The river Lee

Above: This is White Street Car Park. Filled with lots of graffiti/street art (literally fills the whole car park). This is just a corner of it! Well worth a look if you are in cork sometime.

Below: The 2 shots below were just a test/idea which work in a busy area. Portraits through a pint glass. You get some pretty cool effects depending on the glass, just make sure you have that in focus! (I might do more of these/ a whole post on them).

Below (and above): These 3 shots were all taken at the Franciscan Well pub. There was a beer festival on at the same time as the Jazz Weekend. It was also packed here! I love the choice of beers they have there normally but when the beer fest is on there are so many to choose from! These were taken at ISO 1600 f2.8

Some short tips of low light/evening photography:

  • Don't be afraid of higher ISOs - modern cameras handle high ISO pretty well, most cameras now will do at least ISO1600 perfectly fine (even 3200 and above are acceptable). When you zoom in with lightroom or another package you're of course going to see noise, don't let this put you off shooting. The noise does add a warmth to some images, and in black and white it works well.
  • Use the light available to you - I personally don't tend to carry my flashgun around with me if just going out with a few friends, let the lights in the area you're shooting direct where you take your shots. 
  • Steady your shots with the environment - For the cityscape shot it was still relatively low light to get 3 exposures (I was at ISO250 f4) so shutter speeds were slow. For these I just wedged the camera in to the bridge I was stood on to ensure it was steadied. For pub/indoor shots, leaning against a wall or leaning on tables/ bars will help you steady the shot if you hold your camera tightly (see the previous post for steady /low shutter speed camera handling)

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