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The Canon MP-E65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro is a very specialized macro lens.
This was taken at 2:1 times (twice the normal size).
Tripod and Velbon Super Max Slider. It adjust the lens’ distance by a fraction on a mm.
Dedicated to the Café Society: it was a New York City nightclub opened in 1938 at 1 Sheridan Square in Greenwich Village by Barney Josephson to showcase African American talent and to be an American version of the political cabarets he had seen in Europe before the war. As well as running the first racially integrated night club in the United States, Josephson also intended the club to defy the pretensions of the rich; he chose the name to mock Clare Boothe Luce and what she referred to as “café society,” the habitués of more upscale nightclubs, and the wry satirical note was carried through in murals. Josephson not only trademarked the name, which had not been trademarked by the gossip columnist for the New York Journal American M, who wrote as the first “Cholly Knickerbocker,” but advertised the club as “The Wrong Place for the Right People.” Josephson opened a second branch on 58th Street, between Lexington and Park Avenue, in 1940.
The club also prided itself on treating black and white customers equally, unlike many venues, such as the Cotton Club, that featured black performers but barred black customers except for prominent blacks in the entertainment industry. The club featured many of the greatest black musicians of the day, from a wide range of backgrounds, often presented with a strongly political bent. Lena Horne was persuaded to stop singing “When it’s Sleepy Time Down South”, Pearl Bailey was fired for being “too much of an Uncle Tom”, and Carol Channing was fired for an impersonation of Ethel Waters. Billie Holiday first sang “Strange Fruit” there; at Josephson’s insistence, she closed her set with this song, leaving the stage without taking any encores, so that the audience would be left to think about the meaning of the song.
Relying on the keen musical judgment of John Hammond, the club’s “unofficial music director”. Josephson helped launch the careers of Lena Horne, Sarah Vaughan, Big Joe Turner, Ruth Brown, dancer Pearl Primus, and Hazel Scott and popularized gospel groups such as the Golden Gate Quartet and the Dixie Hummingbirds among white audiences. Many of these acts had first been presented at Hammond’s Carnegie Hall concerts, From Spirituals to Swing, in 1938 and 1939.
As part of the challenge to integrate America’s segregated society, Josephson’s club was the scene of numerous political events and fundraisers, often for left-wing causes, both during and after World War Two. In 1947 Josephson’s brother Leon Josephson was subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which led to hostile comments from columnists Westbrook Pegler and Walter Winchell. Business dropped sharply as a result and the club closed the following year. ref: Wikipedia
Location: My home makeshift studio, Qc, Canada
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV
Shutter: 1/0,4 sec
Aperture Priority: F 2,8
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