Last Night's Open Mic Night

I had a ton of fun last night, listening to and photographing local musicians at the Tahoe Truckee School of Music open mic night. It happens every Thursday evening at the popular Cottonwood Restaurant, here in Truckee, California. Many of these musicians that I photographed are instructors at the school. My son @enak actually grew up taking piano and signing lessons there. It was great to have daily performances in our house as he practiced, I miss those days...

The music was sounding great and the food at the restaurant is always top-notch! Here are a few photos of some of the musicians. All shot with a Canon 5DS R and a 24-105mm lens. All handheld photos with varying settings but all of them had very high ISOs. They also all had Photoshops AI noise reduction applied to them when editing. Yes, the photos almost look a bit cartoony and surreal when you open them up and look at them on a big computer monitor. But before the noise reduction, they were VERY noisy with and were not usable. The AI noise reduction does an incredible job at making the photos look clean and making them usable. I'm a fan of this fairly new Photoshop technology!












Thank you for looking and I hope you are all having a fun and wonderful day!

Scott Thompson
Scott Shots Photography



I really like the rendering of the photo, it's hard to believe that there's a lot of noise. The colors are very orange and warm, giving a very beautiful effect.

Right?! They were incredibly noisy due to the high ISO and bringing up the image brightness. Photoshop's AI noise reduction is truly impressive. Glad you liek the photos!

I'll have to test it using Photoshop AI

The pictures are nice
It shows how well those two musicians are deeply into what they were singing

Thank you @rafzat! They were definitely into their performances. Fun times!

The fun of listening to the songs live is not the same as listening to them on a mobile device.

Correct!!! I love listening to music at home, but live music is on a different level.

Yeah you are right.


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This picture are amazing.
You must have really had a great time yesterday night

Thank you @biyimi! Yes, I had a blast, indeed.

Fun shots, looks like a fun night. I always like portrait shots of people with a lot of character. I think the gal in the red hat and the dude in the beret look like very interesting characters.