By Douglas Gritz
Coalfire is a Denver-based company that creates cyber security programs for businesses. They held their annual holiday party this year at the Chambers Grant Salon in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House at the Denver Performing Arts Complex. Yea, that’s a mouthful!
When they first contracted me about being their photographer for the event and told me this was where it was going to take place, my reaction was “Oh boy.” I’ve shot in this location before and it is easily the most challenging venue I have ever shot in.
The bar has an all black ceiling with little lights that make it look like a starry night sky. Yes, cool, but very unfriendly to photography because it eats up whatever little light there is in the room, which is next to none. Photography doesn’t work without light, of course, so how to make it work?
Fortunately, the bar area does have some light, so I chose to concentrate my work around that area. It’s where most people congregate anyway. I also took one lens, a Canon 35mm prime that opens to 1.2. Usually I come with several zoom lenses to be able to get a variety of shots, but in this case I was gonna need every bit of stoppage I could get just to get anything. So I stuck with the one lens and just tried to get creative. Below are some of my favorite shots from the event.