This past Saturday, Petrice, Rae and I attended the 10th Annual Edwardian Ball in San Francisco. The event was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Regency Center, which was — in my opinion — a better venue than the other ones we’ve been to in the past: The Great American Music Hall in 2007 and the Cat Club in 2005.
In place of the top hat and corsets from previous years, Rae and I decided to wear our Qing Dynasty era costumes from our documentary film Autumn Gem. Fortunately for us, these outfits were from the same timeframe of the Edwardian Era (turn of the century, 1900s). We received several, “Your costumes are great!” comments from people in attendance. Rae and I had just watched the pilot for Caprica, and I remarked to her that it felt like we were in the virtual nightclub from the beginning of the episode!
Although I took a few photos during the event, I concentrated mainly on video Saturday night. Between all the waltzing, the crazy costumes and the on-stage performances, there was plenty of great moments to capture. The off-stage lighting was quite dim, making focusing a challenge. For those interested in technical details, I shot the video with my Canon EOS-5D Mark II camera, 24/1.4, Nikkor 50/1.8, 135/2 lenses, and a Zacuto Tactical Shooter with the Z-Finder eyepiece attachment.
The next day, Rae and I created this three and a half minute music video from the Edwardian Ball 2010. Ladybug’s Pas de Deux from Rosin Coven provides the soundtrack. Click here to see the HD 720p version on SmugMug.
And here’s some photos from the event.