Bunny Chafowitz won two tickets to the Clovis Wine Walk. So natch, I went along with her.

We had a wonderful time, but mostly due to the boys playing in the middle of the street: The Blu J’Z.

I hadn’t planned on shooting any bands tonight, so I didn’t have all my equipment with me. Not that I think they would have appreciated my flash going off in their faces, anyway. And I didn’t really shoot much of the band until it got dark.

The image on this page was shot with my newest lens, the Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM. Due to the darkness, I was shooting at ISO 20,000 and 1/60th of a second at f/3.5. Again due to the darkness — combined with extremely bright backlighting — and the heavy grain that resulted, I decided to do a more painterly effect, rather than simply render the image as it came out of the camera.

Apparently, my post-processing was a success. Bunny couldn’t stop telling me how much she liked it.

I hope the band does, too. Maybe some day they’ll give me a chance to shoot them under better light.

More images of The Blu J’Z are available in the gallery.

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  1. Great stuff of by brothers in the Mo Fo Party Band photos, Rick. Looks like you are as fine a photographer as you are a lawyer, which is top notch. My brothers are coming back from Europe next week, probably be contacting you some time after that. Other photos on your site are first rate also. You do have a gift. Stay the course and soldier on. You take care.
    With respect,

  2. Thanks, Randy! I’m looking forward to it.

    I’ll be shooting tomorrow, too — The Blu J’z playing Smooth Jazz at Frank’s Place downtown.

    For those wondering what he means about Mofo, you can find all the bands here in my galleries.