last friday a few of us were at sarah’s place to celebrate her birthday a day in advance. she is 20 this year but she keeps insisting that she is twenteen. nice.
sarah’s mom whipped up quite a dinner for us. there were lamp chops and steaks hot off the grill (ooh, the lard!). add ceasar salad, asparagus wrapped in streaky bacon and vienna sausages and you have a meal fit for a king.
look at them just begging to be eaten.
embellishing the dine with some wine.
one happy eater.
after dinner we went down to the basement to hang out. i have to say, it is one hell of a basement, with the wood panels, heavy drapes and ornate furnishings. the photo above looks much brighter than the scene actually was because i bounced my flash off the ceiling.
i never thought playing “polar bear” (a cuter variation of the game “murderer”) could be so exciting – the mock accusations and the blatant denials. besides, the low-key, almost noir-like setting added to the mis-en-scene (take that, com227!)
to give you an idea of how dark the basement actually was, the next series of photos were shot at iso 3200 wide open at f1.4 with my 50mm prime. i managed to yield only a shutter speed of 1/40 – 1/50. did not want to use the flash as i felt it destroyed the mood and the feel of the scene. for the non-photographers, well, you just have to take my word for it.
sarah’s cousin, etienne, got this shot. great timing i say.
sarah’s shot of me trying to make her sister’s prosumer work in the extremely low-light situation. some things are not meant to be.
austen, the resident dog. his bark is surely bigger than his bite. shot by rachel.
instead of trying to fight the noise generated by the use of high iso, i decided to process the above photos to black and white, ramping up the contrast. they worked together with the grain-like noise to produce the fast film kind of look.
after a while in the basement, we went upstairs for cake and presents. etienne had to do the birthday song for sarah in french because he is half-french after all.
lide and the girls got sarah a pair of heels from guess. it was rather amusing how they tried to disguised the gift as something cheap. they stashed the shoes in a box from mondo.
a couple more obligatory group photos to end off the evening.
sarah and family.
was a really enjoyable evening on the whole. great food, great company, what more can you ask for?
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