Friday, October 23, 2009

Texas Dance Hall

Taken at the September 12, 2009 Homes for Our Troops event at Beaumont Ranch in Grandview, Texas. The scene in this photo is fairly representative of a lot of Texas dance halls (it even reminds me a little of the famous (by virtue of being featured in the movie Urban Cowboy) Gilleys Club located in Pasadena, Texas from 1970 to 1990).

Title: "Texas Dance Hall"

Shot data: 1/40s f/2.8 at 43.0mm iso500
Camera / Lens: Canon 40D / Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 zoom
Post-processing: Adobe Camera Raw > Photoshop CS3 > Topaz Adjust plugin


Cindi said...

I like this environmental portrait, you have included everything I need to convey a sense of the place. Even the almost-silhouetted dancers on the right --- they are in a great part of the image and my eye went around a time or two before I realized they were there. You caught them in a great moment with her skirt slightly flairing and both sets of boots recognizable. I like the fact that since they are so dark with little detail, they become secondary to the musicians. For only 1/40th of a second, everything appears sharp. I wish I was brave enough to attempt some live music shots, and this image makes me want to drum up some courage! What a great dance hall image that could have been taken any time over the last 35 or 40 years.

Larry said...

Nice job of low-light shooting, especially hand held.

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Cindi and Larry!

I can't remember for sure but I probably had my camera sitting on a table when I took this shot. I don't ususally trust my hand-holding ability much below 1/60th.