One of our good neighbors at Bertha’s, Raj, came over to shoot some photos last Wednesday. Got some great shots. He took a bazillion, so I was hoping there would be some winners in the bunch.
It’s hard to shoot at Bertha’s. There’s not a lot of room to move around, and the band is taking up pretty much all the room there is while we’re playing. We aren’t exactly standing still, either. We’re a pretty loose outfit, milling around all over the place in there. We have to remind ourselves not to block the doorway or keep customers from getting to the booze in a timely manner. When you’re a photographer, trying to move in close with your face in a camera, you get smacked on the head a few times. Sorry about the back of your skull, Raj.
Then there’s the lighting. Well, the lack thereof. It’s already dark in there, as a dive should be. Then there’s the Christmas lights from 2011. They are not a photographer’s friend. They’re the old LED lights, and they buzz along at 60Hz. I know this because when I’m playing a low A, usually around 55Hz (and I’m usually sharp,) those lights start bobbing and weaving in my field of view. I wonder what kind of dope would give me the most similar effect?
Nonetheless, Raj took a bunch of good pictures. Our drummer has a million-dollar smile! Check them out.