FIVE AND DIMERS
Hello! What’s new with you?? Oh yeah? Ok…that’s kind of awesome. You went to The Alamo specifically to throw mini marshmallows at the visiting crowd? How’d that go over? WHOA!! DUDE!!! A gunshot wound like that needs immediate attention, man! You say half the spectators had a flashback to 1836 and thought they were battling Santa Anna? You were Santa Anna because of those projectile marshmallows? Dude…
Welcome to Wednesday March 9th, 2016. It’s a lovely morning, birds aren’t chirping, I can hear our puppy upstairs jumping on the oven and destroying a pizza pan (be right back). Back. Today’s blog is all about this kickass honky tonk band from Denver called The Five And Dimers. Some of you may recognize Jeff Rady from other projects I’ve worked with…including Jeff Rady. But, his new project is pretty outstanding.
We originally wanted to use a bar with a slew of arcades and/or pinball machines, but as the shoot date drew nearer, we were running out of options as no one was calling us back. So, I thought, “gee, if only I knew someone with a pinball machine…” Then, BAM, like a truck it hit me. My good friend, Greg Carr had gotten a pinball machine in his new place recently. Off to the races.
Do you know Greg Carr? You should. He’s an amazing mind. He does incredible album design (a lot of SWEET paper engineering), video work, gorgeous illustrations, etc. Check him out. We’ve used his old house once before with my buddy Chris Coyier. We threw a massive tube television off his roof.
Greg was immediately willing to allow us the use of his house, so I brought some beers and everyone piled in. I was so pumped to shoot The Dimers, because when you give them a character, each dude dives in full bore. It was epic. Not only that, but during the end of the shoot they all killed this Hank Williams tune…man, I had a hard time shooting, I just wanted to sit back and enjoy. I’m stoked to see where this band goes. They’re all über kind, funny, easy-going, and absolutely talented and as you can see…they have an arcade room betting problem.
HOW WE LIT IT
Lighting for the first scenario was actually a bit difficult. Because of the fact that we were in someone’s living room with seven people, we had to work around some odd barriers. I often don’t think of what I want to light, but rather what I don’t want to light. So, in this instance, I didn’t want to light up the floor very much or the front portion of the photo (there was a ton of wires and pipes and stuff I didn’t want to see). So, we opted to put a key light behind our first three subjects way up in the air and use two separate lights to pull out the dudes in the front. As I wanted to capture a lot of the light the pinball machine and the christmas lights were giving off and still capture all five band members in focus…you got it, I had to go with a super long exposure. Why? Because when lights go off, they snag a particular moment, but the longer you have that shutter open, it’s gathering consistent lighting elements. So, we shot most of this at a shutter of 1/4, f8, with an iso of 100.
Let me know if you’re into these little lighting tutorials…I’m thinking of doing more with some of the weird lighting stuff I’ve run in to.
As always, thanks for looking! Office Hours is going to RULE tonight with Chris Zacher from the Levitt Pavillion (link below).
Greg Carr – Website
Chris Coyier – Website
Chris Zacher (Levitt Pavillion) – Website
Merne Judson III – Website