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Shooting under theatrical lights is a painful experience. At least it has been for me in the past. The ‘hot’, harsh lighting throws off both white balance and exposure. Post-processing was mandatory in the sense that images were not presentable without it. And even after post many images still showed the damaging effects of the lighting.
Enter Fujifilm X100 (stage left) – theatrical lighting conditions – extraordinary performance!
Shot mostly with Spot Metering, Auto ISO (200-3200), Aperture Priority, RAW and amazed with out-of-camera exposures! Very little post-processing necessary and higher rate of keepers.
There may have been two things working in my favor in this shoot with the X100 compared to September with the 5D; (1) Auto ISO, not a feature of the Canon 5D and (2) lighting technician may have been more professional and helped me out without my knowing it.
Continuous Drive Mode on X100 is pretty bad. A full buffer of 8 RAW images can take over 30 seconds to empty itself out to memory card. 30 seconds in which camera is lifeless except blinking ‘write to card’ indicator. There is a quick escape route – you can press the DISP/BACK button to disable writing the files to memory card but then you loose some images.
X100 small camera size and stealth mode (silent shutter release, no flash assist lamp) were very useful shooting the ‘special needs’ actors without diverting their attention from their acting.
Canon 5D will remain in closet for another week…
Did another shoot at the Martef (Basement) Theater this week.
This time, stress was on portraits with facial expressions in preparation for a new production.
Good luck with the new show!
Actors Efrat Ifrach and Shagao Gethon
A physically intensive hour and a half in the humidity of the basement on a warm Jerusalem evening left me quite exhausted. Then, post processing for correct white balance was a horror and I cannot swear to the accuracy of color rendition. But the bottom line is there are a few frames I am proud of;
The Martef Theatre in the play Jungle Book by Rudtard Kipling performing in a wine cellar at a shelter for young women at risk. The Martef (Basement) Theatre was established in 2006 as a social/business venture by the girls at Bet Hatzabarit Shelter. A school for drama was established in the wine cellar of an old Templer tavern. The actors are borderline youth.
The goals of the school are two; use of drama for self-empowerment of its actors and the creation of quality theater based on the highest artistic and professional standards. Professional teachers are employed. Student/actors must pass auditions to be accepted and undergo training in drama, voice development, physical abilities and more.
The Martef interpretation of Jungle Book is based on Kipling’s phylosophical aspects and tries to deal with fear, violence and death. It is the result of a year long study conducted by the students/actors and their view on maturing in a violent society.
This is voluntary work on my part, to what I think is a very worthy cause. The Martef Theatre uses my photos for promoting their shows and selling tickets – that’s what keeps them alive!
And me … well, I get a lot of satisfaction meeting these kids and even a magazine cover shot last year.
the martef theatre in faust, by writer johann wolfgang von goethe, july 2008
performing in a wine cellar at a hostel for young women in distress, the martef theatre was established in 2006 as a social/business venture by the girls at bet hatzabarit shelter. a school for drama was established in the wine cellar of an old templer pub.
the actors are borderline youth. the goals of the school are two; use of drama for self-empowerment of its actors and the creation of quality theater based on the highest artistic and professional standards. professional teachers are employed. student/actors must pass auditions to be accepted and undergo training in drama, voice development, physical abilities and more.