Thursday, January 20, 2005

Bottle Caps On The Rocks

"Good Call" by Wes Aldridge

This is a shot taken at the Demonbreun bar On The Rocks. The hallway leading into the restroom is dimly lit and covered with beer bottle caps that have been industrial stapled to the wall in various designs. If you take a side view of the wall, all you see is an endless sea of caps.

This shot was handheld at 400 ISO and shot with a shutter speed of 1/15th of a second at an aperture of f/1.8, which is extremely wide open for maximum light with an extremely shallow depth of field. This is how the one inch focal plane was achieved with everything else in the frame falling drastically out of focus to the point of unrecognizable blur.

The interesting thing about this photo is what you cannot see. Former Tennessee Titan Eddie George was standing directly beside me as I took this shot. Normally, you would expect a celebrity football star to get mobbed in a jam-packed bar on a Thursday night. Not so with Eddie. It seems that his defection to the Dallas Cowboys has left the city of Nashville with a bitter taste in her mouth. For the record, he is a huge guy, but his head is really as small and unporportional to his body as it looks on television. And no, I didn't play papparazi and fire off a bunch of shots of him.