Grasshopper Bar

Grasshopper Bar, Lija

Shot with a Canon EOS 50D (w/ 17-55 f2.8 IS USM lens)

  • Shot on Aperture priority
  • Focal Length: 35mm (35mm equivalent: 56mm)
  • Aperture: f2.8
  • Exposure: 1/100s (and 1/30s and 1/500s)
  • ISO 100

This is a photo of one of my favourite haunts – a small bar in Lija, a village that is adjacent to Balzan (the village I live in). It accommodates around 20 people at its fullest, but it can usually get quite noisy. Since seating is limited, getting there quite early is imperative, and once you’re there you surely don’t want to leave. I go there with my friends, with my wife, with my parents – basically anyone who cares to join me. Drinks are dirt cheap and with every round bought you are served with 4-5 plates of “nibbles”. Usually you get to a stage where you have to stop them from getting you more food.

As if this was not enough, the bar’s owner, Sonny, is not only a great guy, but he is also a brilliant magician. At some point during the night, if you’re lucky, he will start performing tricks for his customers.

Onto the photo. I took this early this morning (at around 6.30 am), which is one of the few times this place is closed. Since the wooden Grasshopper sign is covered by the canvas one there was a major difference in tonality and I therefore had to go for HDR. I bracketed  by two stops each side when taking the shot and fused the images in Photomatix.

(#73 of 366 X 2012 project)

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