Getting out and about Plan B YXE Style
Going out sober certainly has it's merits. Rock star parking, free soft drinks from the bartenders, and a wallet that isn't sobbing softly into your jeans by the end of the night. But it is difficult to enter "the zone" when socializing with those that aren't quite as inhibited by sobriety, especially when social awkwardness tends to make you a living drunk to make through such encounters.
We entered the rather familiar casual night club from the lethally sharp cold air of the winter outside. The QSC sound system provided by Pro Plus Productions was spanking the air with whip-cracks of bass while the various local and talented DJ's span some pleasing and mobilizing patterns of sound. A premium light show put on by Dr. Isocellator's Illumin-o-tronic Environment Enhancement Services make me take appreciation of stereoscopic vision, something I don't actively think about very often.
The vibrations in the air were pleasing. A sense of common interest in stomping around the electric fire infected everyone. While there was ample opportunity to discuss whatever normal people discuss when in herd social situations, I preferred to take minds-eye stills and hop around in the mirth of music.
Making it through the night got progressively more difficult as the gap widened between my sober and painfully aware body and those around me. My feet ached, my body felt aged. I stood and stared at the three dimensions of lights dance for some time before the Dane's laying down of some techno-styles set a second wind upon my back.
Shooting in the dark is very difficult. Battling a shutter speed that motion can easily defeat and a sensor-gain level that can ruin a usable image with ugly noise, your only road to salvation lies in the lens. An aperture wide enough can finally let in much needed light to properly expose the shot, but then the focal point is razor thin and you can very easily miss focus on something and lose the moment. Even more difficult than the technical aspects though, is the framing. The creative part. What you decide to frame, what the subject is, and what moment is right to commit to memory is far more difficult. I've always been tech-savvy, but trying to capture a feeling more than photos is an adjustment to a new skill set.
I'm a firm believer that we must continue to be students of our interests. Even in just one of these photographs, there is an amazing amount of opportunity to learn. From the mixing of sounds, to the programming of lights, to the setup acoustics, the keys to a successful promotion, and social networking skills, all captured in one shot. It's not a "party photo", its a collage of invested interests all on the journey of learning. And the joy of executing what you enjoy. Cheers.