Ba$$ Cabaret: A Night of Color, Costumes and Craziness
Imagine a world where clowns wear colorful fishnets, tutus and lace-up boots. You can hear the constant sound of a leather whip making contact with some poor souls tender skin. There is fog everywhere and it’s lit up like the aurora borealis. Beautiful women in intricatly beaded bodices and flowing skirts dance the night away to electronic music—some just sporting a modest pair of pasties.
If you are too lazy to imagine this eccentric scene, you can experience it for yourself at Bass Cabaret—a seductive burlesque show set to chest-rattling bass music. Bass Cabaret is more than just a dub step party; it’s a performance. It’s a great place to bring people who aren’t regulars in the electronic music scene because it provides both auditory and visual stimulation. In other words, it gives people something to focus on if dub step music just isn’t their thing.
Performances included a live burlesque show, a belly dancing goddess, pole dancing and story about…well, it’s hard to tell what it was about, but there were cats and soul-eating involved. Other funky attractions could be seen, like a whipping station manned by clown police officers, a popcorn cart and a real live parrot decorated with flashing LED lights.
A rumor is flying around that the iPhone 5, Apple’s newest iPhone model, could have a four inch screen, making it slightly bigger than the current model, the iPhone 4s. It’s hard for me to believe any rumors about the new iPhone, especially when the source is not revealed.
While it’s nice to think about a bigger screen, especially for photo editing, I like the current size. I don’t like the bulkiness of other smart phones and I hope that the iPhone 5 won’t lean towards that direction.
This year I started a little late. After dressing up in my finest unicorn attire with my partner in crime Julio Cortez (@juliocortez), we hopped on the N Judah around 9:30 and hurried toward the crowds. It was actually a nice change to start walking at the half point of the race, near Hayes and Piece, instead of walking the entire seven miles.
As soon as we marched over the crest of the hill, we were bombarded by a sea of people all pushing, shoving, walking and partying at the same time. We had an awesome gold frame with us, so we immediately started finding our favorite costumes and took pictures.
I used my new iPhone 4 to take the pictures, but realized after I got home, that there were a few technical problems. Here are a few tips on taking photos with your iPhone during daytime events:
REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR PHONE CASE OFF - I had a purple rubber case on my iPhone 4 when I was shooting. The glare from sun hitting my case, gave many of my photos a purple glow or ring.
TAP FOR EXPOSURE - It is hard to see the iPhone screen in direct daylight, so when you are taking photos, setting the exposure is often difficult. If you can see the screen well enough, tap the area of the photo that you want to set the exposure for. Sometimes you have to tap a few different areas to find the right setting, but it can turn a dark shot into something useable.
TURN THE BRIGHTNESS LEVEL TO HIGH - If you don’t have the brightness setting on high, it will be difficult to asses the true exposure of your photos. Your photos may seem dark, when they are actually perfect. This will quickly drain your battery, so if you are an avid mobile photographer, a battery-powered charger or charge case is a must have.
GET CREATIVE - Everyone is going to have similar shots. To set your photos apart, use a fun prop or try unsual angles. Instead of going for overall crowd shots, try close ups of laughing faces. Keep your style consistent whatever you do. If you are going to shoot black and white portraits, stick to it.