The worldwide, chapter based group known as Drink and Click put on an event this past week at the Bungalow Bar and it was one of the always successful meetups we have. The group is dedicated to folks getting together and socializing over our passion, photography.
I joined a few months ago thinking I could go and just enjoy a night out. We go to bars and we bring our cameras and shoot models, objects, each other, the drinks, the table, the table leg, the grain in the table...ok, we shoot images. What developed are relationships, friends with the same interests, and just good people in general.
The local chapter is the lead group. It was formed here and spread worldwide to Dallas, Chicago, Tokyo, Berlin, etc. The chapter goals are the same everywhere. Meetup, have fun, take images, talk shop, and make friends.
The networking opportunities are abundant as well. Models generally attend and help us get some great images. I'm unsure if they are paid, but someone usually sets this up and knows them so it may be mutually beneficial for them to get some portfolio shots from the gig, or TF as it's known. I generally like meeting them because I generally don't have this luxury of networking yet. Being friendly, respectful, and sharing images can go along way. You may find some future collaboration with them on a project that can benefit you both.
The main image posted I shot this last week and it was with 2 things I'd usually not have access to. The first was the amazing Kasey Landoll. She is from Austin, and appears to be living in Sydney right now as a model. She has an amazing look, edgy, stylish, and sexy. Very good for fashion, edgy, or glamour work. Slim build, very tall, and a great attitude. My shot was taken in 5 minutes and with very little coaching. I gave a couple directions and she did the rest, a real professional.
The second item generally out of my reach was the Pentax 645z. It was a loaner that Ricoh Imaging brought in collaboration with folks from Precision Camera. We were given 15-20 minutes to go kick the tires. I've seen folks like Joel Grimes and Philip Bloom shooting this 51mp beast and thought, "Ok, it looks cool, but how good is medium format, or the Pentax for that matter?". I mean, surely a Phase One or Hasselblad can out-resolve this camera and I shouldn't even bother, right? I couldn't be farther from the truth, in fact, I was so impressed by this, it put medium format way up on my nice-to-have list someday. The detail that I could zoom into and do retouching work was incredible. I manually focused (auto was abyssmal) the shot with the viewfinder and actually nailed it. Great coverage in the back of the camera using the 90mm/2.8 lens. We were shooting OCF with an umbrella and Alien Bees B800.
I was able to grab some video of the event so you can see what it looks like on set at these events. We sometimes get an area dedicated for us to shoot whatever we want with models and that's pretty forgiving for the bar scene. However, we do bring in around 30-40 people that for the most part, drink a few. So the trade off is good business for them and a space for us to enjoy. Please see my video and leave me some comments on what you think. I am trying out some external sound via the H1 Zoom recorder and overlaying on top of the video from the Sony A7.