April 25, 2015 at 9:13 pm #9546
Martin suggested that we post some of our Rat Pack photos on the forum from Thursday night’s performance at the theatre. I’ll kick it off with a few of mine.It’s probably the most challenging subject I’ve ever photographed as the light is constantly changing and the actors can move about a lot. I probably didn’t use the best technique to photograph the show as I used aperture priority, spot metering and ISO fixed at 1600. I was working something like f5.6 @ 1/30 so had to time my exposures when there wasn’t much movement. The results were quite mixed, but I got a few decent shots. I’ll definately use a faster ISO and shutter speed if I do this again. Here’s an idea of what it was like:
April 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm #9548
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Critique Peter—???These deserve a medal.How refreshing to see some photo”s posted which are alive…super—certainly good enough to send off to local paper.All the techs. spot on–colour balance-focus–exposure perfect–just look into the gob of the chap on the bottom photo–exposure perfect. The grey of the mens suits proves the perfect colour balance whereas they could have been awful.Not easy-I know last year with Home by Christmas on the station–they are on the move all of the time.So much if not all the stuff we do looks so static and these swing Peter–well done–great.Had dinner with Frankie many years ago –when he made a social visit to our hospital–St. Mary”s Praed St London–where a Princess is at the moment awaiting her second.Could not choose –all so good and swinging with movement.April 26, 2015 at 8:48 am #9549
Thanks for your kind remarks Ken. The lighting was a constant challenge with its intensity and colour constantly changing. All I could do was leave the camera set to auto colour balance and aperture priority, then tweak it in lightroom. I got away with it! You can clearly see the colour cast in the shot of the solo singer and I’m not sure about the drummer behind him?
April 26, 2015 at 9:05 am #9551
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COLOUR BALANCE IS SPOT ON–THE COLOURS ARE THE COLOUR GELS ON THE FLOODS–HANDLED PERFECTLY.April 26, 2015 at 10:47 am #9552
Quite a lot of scope for camera setting preferences. Just had a look at my exif of this taken earlier this year–400 ISO–shutter priority to get a bit of hand movement 30thsec –f4.5 –manual white balance.April 26, 2015 at 3:06 pm #9554
Hi Pete great images and you have handled the night really well. Spot on. Mine are so grainy and noisy that I’ll have to be very very picky with the ones I choose to air.April 26, 2015 at 6:03 pm #9556
My first time posting images so I hope it works! One of the many benefits of being part of a camera club is sometimes we are asked to photograph events such as The Rat Pack. It certainly is a challenge but I think the four of us enjoyed the experience and had some fun. I decided to go shutter priority, auto ISO, single point focus and used the exposure lock to set the exposure typically on the face of the principle performer.April 26, 2015 at 6:30 pm #9561
Ken, I like the movement of the hands as It shows she’s really playing the harp and not just posing for you.
Thanks Meg. Theatre photography like this is a challenge for the equipment as well. It’s in situations like these that it earns it’s money!I’m sure you can do some magic to enhance them.
Martin, you added your photos as attachments so they displayed as thumbnails. I’ve taken the liberty of changing them to inserted images. I’ll let you know my method. I like the way you’ve caught Frankie with an expressive hand gesture in the first one the second one is well framed and tells the story. I didn’t like that dull red light they used. It looks really odd in my shots.April 27, 2015 at 1:04 am #9566
Excellent Pete. I like the way that you have included the audience in the first two. The centre spotlight was incredibly harsh and caused a load of problems including blowing out the whites and faces. I can’t say that I rated the lighting at all, but despite it managed to get a few shots thank goodness. I am still sorting mine out but will try to post some tomorrow after work.
I can’t see Martins yet.April 27, 2015 at 1:10 pm #9567
Thanks Dolores. I was resting my camera on the back of a chair so it gave me the audience in the foreground.A happy fluke! Martin’s pictures were visible. Perhaps he’s moved them so the link can no longer find them.April 28, 2015 at 1:22 am #9570April 28, 2015 at 9:40 am #9573
Good work by all our ‘Rat Pack’ photographers. It’s really hard to photograph live performances like this, and you’ve all done a very good job.
Martin >>> Looks like the links in your post to your gallery photographs are broken. Do have another go:
upload images with 640px longest side to your gallery;
go to the gallery and click ‘’;
then click the ‘edit media’ tab;
click on an image thumbnail to display it full size;
right click the full size image and select ‘copy image url’ or ‘copy link’ (browsers vary in how they put this).
Paste that link into your forum post by clicking the ‘insert/edit image’ icon on the editor’s formatting bar.April 28, 2015 at 10:57 am #9574
Great Images Dolores well balanced and not a lot of noise with the high iso. A good selection. Will post mine when I work out how to do it.April 28, 2015 at 1:25 pm #9575
Excellent work D! Well timed shots with plenty of detail and I’m amazed how grain free they sre for ISO 3200.April 29, 2015 at 12:48 am #9577
Thanks Meg and Pete. I usually find that getting the highest shutter speed I can in low lighting is the only antidote to the softness, noise and grain from a high ISO. Of course it doesn’t always work. I learnt a lot and it was a fun night that I think we all enjoyed …. which is the main thing.
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