Slow Shutter Blues

OK — it’s not even middle of February, but what the heck — I nominate Blues Caravan for act of the year 2009.  What a performance!

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They are white, young and good looking, so what the hell do they know about the blues?!  Well, I don’t know what it is, but they’ve got it!  If you like electric blues, go and see them!

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I was in “Die Fabrik” tonight, and it was a great concert. Joanne Shaw Taylor started it up, Oli Brown stepped up a notch and Erja Lyytinen with “Steamy Windows” absolutely lit up the crowd. And then, over two hours in total, it kept getting even better.

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I’d completely forgotten about the concert, so I only had my digicam with me (but I did have it!). At first I thought I shouldn’t even bother, with the low light, fast-moving subjects and all, but I couldn’t resist and took a few shots. I put the Ixus in manual mode, chose auto ISO, turned off the flash and I fired away. The AF was very slow and unreliable, the shutter speeds were too long, and the shutter released about half a second after I’d pressed the button, but hey — I still got a few decent images.  And I like the dreamy and blurred look of the photos.

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BTW, Canon calls this shooting mode “manual,” but focus and exposure are still determined automatically. What you can do is turn the flash off, set a custom white balance or dial in exposure compensation.

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Before you accuse me of too much Photoshop reickery let me assure you that all images, also the first one, are straight out of the camera. I don’t know how, but for the first image I’d somehow manged to put the camera into a funky custom white balance, and for whatever reason the blown highlights were rendered orange. I like the result very much! 🙂

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