Drinks at Louie's

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© Thomas Berryhill
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The classic styling of this restaurant works well with black and white, but the modern dress of my friends makes it obvious that this is not a nostalgic photo. Therefore, I tried the color accent setting in my camera that I just discovered. I set the color sensitivity from the stained wood table top. This allowed the camera to pick up some skin tones and the vodka-and-cranberry, but little else.

The hard light coming through the window was very dramatic, as well as flattering to my friends' youthful good looks. I love shooting with available light; especially when it looks like this.

Even though I was sitting at the table with them messing with my camera, my friends seemed oblivious to the fact that I was taking photographs of them. This is, I think, something of a cultural conditioning. Most everybody has a digital camera on their person at all times. People are somewhat more relaxed around cameras now than they were just a few years ago. This is good if you are a photographer who likes to shoot people in their natural surroundings.

The swiveling LCD on my camera also helps me take candid photos, because I do not have to hold the camera at eye level or look in the direction that the camera is pointing.

Let us wish Nathan and Mary many years of happy marriage as they begin a new life together in October.

7 responses

  • Fred S.

    Fred S. gave props (21 Oct 2008):

    Tom, I like what you did with the color here (or lack thereof).

  • Joe Schaf

    Joe Schaf   gave props (5 Jul 2009):

    Very Cool Capture! Great Description! Voted YEAH!

  • Anthony Neste

    Anthony Neste (Deleted) said (7 Aug 2009):

    like the lack of color is more like it

  • Daniela V

    Daniela V gave props (23 Aug 2009):

    Cool idea! Awesome shot. voted

  • Mig

    Mig said (26 Aug 2009):

    this would be a lot of fun to caption

  • Donald Brainard

    Donald Brainard (Deleted) gave props (4 Dec 2009):

    I like the work here..I used to do this myself..may have to give it a try again.

  • Tom Mertens

    Tom Mertens gave props (2 Apr 2011):

    Great candid shot. Yes. Love the coloring.

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