My buddies in The Swamp Bats hosted the Austin Blues Society Jam at The Skylark Lounge in Austin last night. The Swamp Bats opened the night up with a set of their original Blues tunes and some of the guys filled in to back other musicians taking turns at jamming a few songs. It was a fun event and I regretted that I was only able to stay for a short time. I heard some great stuff in the hour or so that I spent at the jam.
I had my new Fujifilm X-T2 with me and was able to put its impressive low light handling to use. It's a dive bar in Austin, so the light is gonna be crappy. Except for a few bright floods haphazardly pointed at the stage, bathing sections in a near neon red, the stage was extremely dark. Autofocus through contrast points on the X-T2 was pretty much hopeless and even the phase detect points really struggled. I resorted to manual mode several times. The camera did well all things considered and the files looked great. The samples below are pretty close to straight out of camera. I did play with the tone curve just a bit. These are Acros film simulation, mostly without filter simulation. I did try the red filter simulation a bit, which can be handy for helping to brighten skin in low light. When the red floods hit a musician's skin though, the red channel tended to easily blow and I abandoned that route. It was an extremely challenging shooting environment and the X-T2 got some memorable shots regardless.
More shots from the Jam can be found on my gallery site here. All images were captured with the Fujifilm X-T2 and XF 35mm f/1.4 lens, Acros film simulation.