Cafe Citron on Monday October 2, 2006
Mariya in soleá. October 2, 2006 9:37pm (photo by Fadi)
It's 12:37pm on Tuesday as I type these words. I was at Cafe Citron last night as usual. Wasn't much in a picture-taking mood--not a bad mood, just didn't feel like taking pics. So I just have a few--mostly taken by Fadi.
Just for the record, I did go to the DC Dance Festival on Sunday and took pics of Furia Flamenca's performance with my camera, but nothing decent came out--but I did take pics with my friend Karina's camera and I'm hoping she'll send me some of the better shots. So anywayz, I'll blog about that later.
Getting back to Citron...last night was kinda slow business-wise but my friends did come through for me and filled-up all the seats in front of the stage including Jill, Sarah, Karine, Iulia, Fadi, Keith and Ashoke.
I manually set my camera into what I call psychedelic mode (better known as slow sync flash), hehe, but I didn't warn Fadi when I handed him my camera before the second set. So he was expecting to see the standard focused, well-lit kind of pics, but instead got fuzzy, dark ones which kind of frustrated him. Sorry Fadi. :-) But I actually liked his pics. Tell me what you think...
October 2, 2006 9:37pm (photo by Fadi)
The way psychedelic mode works is that the initial flash freezes the action of the subject while the long exposure time allows the background to brighten up. When taking pics in a typically dimly lit nightclub, the flash will brighten the subject while the backround remains dark. An added artsy benefit of the long exposure of psychedelic mode is that the movement by the subject is also recorded.
October 2, 2006 9:38pm (photo by Fadi)
Yeah, I've had my friends take pics with no flash at all and with a very steady hand and arm was able to capture some very sharp warm natural light pics, but that mode drastically reduces the possibility of getting decent pics. On the other hand, the psychedlic mode gives the pics a dreamy kind of feel that I like and the blurriness actually looks cool!
Mariya. October 2, 2006 9:43pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
But you've seen these slow sync flash type of pics in my blog before, I just never knew the technical term for it until my photographer friend Jill Hatzai explained it to me. Now I'm hooked on it!
Gerard. October 2, 2006 9:45pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
Karine, Keith and Fadi. October 2, 2006 10:02pm
Jill and Miguelito. October 2, 2006 10:24pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
Oops, just realized I didn't even write about flamenco today, now did I? It's OK, you learned something new and I fulfilled my educational service duty for the day. ;-)
Miguelito. October 2, 2006 10:26pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
Bartender Antonio mixin' shots. October 2, 2006 10:36pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
Mariya and Miguelito. October 2, 2006 10:44pm (photo courtesy of Jill Hatzai)
Jill and Miguelito. October 2, 2006 11:25pm
Oh yeah, the latest news is that my new flamenco dancer roommate has moved into the Pink Flamenco now, yay! As for tonight, I'll be at Las Tapas. See you there.