Swamp Bats and the Austin Blues Society Jam

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.