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"Stay With Me"-The Witch & Rapunzel

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Copyright: Larry A Brechner (brech) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 539 W: 135 N: 1111] (3045)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-11-16
Categories: Event, Mood, Portrait
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2011-11-18 22:25
Viewed: 3071
Points: 10
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This past month or so, I have been busy directing the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Into The Woods," which opened on Thursday. This is one of over 800 images I shot on our preview/final dress rehearsal using two cameras.

Without describing the whole show that is based on several on Grimm’s fairytales, the Witch has raised this girl from a baby as her daughter. She put her in a doorless tower to protect her from the hazards of the world – her name is Rapunzel. In this scene, the Witch is softly singing to Rapunzel, who has been secretly seeing a prince without the Witch’s knowledge, “Stay With Me.”

This image was taken under existing stage lighting (I also did the stage lighting design) which here consisted of a mix of color gelled tungsten lighting and two HMI (6000K daylight balanced) followspots gelled with a Rosco #33 "No Color Pink" gel. Shot in RAW at ISO 1600 using a 1.4x extender the camera was set for tungsten lighting and was tripod mounted about 40-feet (12m) from the stage in the aisle of the house. Being also a theatrical lighting designer, stage lighting is not always ideal for photography, because the human eye is a much better camera and stage lighting is done for people not cameras.

PP in PS5 RAW and PS, did only some basic adjustments without altering the look of the stage image. Cropped tighter, and ran the image through NIK Define (noise reduction) and NIK Sharpener.

Usually I select several images from the show for our lobby display, and this is one of them. Hope you enjoy and soon will be back to a more regular TL participation.

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  • Great 
  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-18 23:54]

HI Larry,
Yes, I like this posed double portraiture with such harsh lighting, yet exposure is perfect!
There's great details on the blonde hair and the pink dress. Great stunning eyes of the girl on the right. I know it's a theatrical shot but skill is present! Great photography!
My best wishes for your directions in theatrical performances.

Francis Xavier

Hi Larry

I tried a workshop adjusting the color balance, adding more yellow & a little red & density in the highlights. Good framing & sharpness. Tfs!

Bom dia Larry,
This is what you want from a photo: great technical quality, amazing exposure, perfect sharpness, color well harmonized and, above all, a magnificent light for the purposes of the photo.


A very sharp and find close up of Rapunzel and the witch from the musical.
Very well-balanced lighting and great colors throughout. You've captured this at the perfect moment.

Very nicely done.


  • Great 
  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-05-05 8:19]

Hi Larry,
This is a beautiful picture that I really, really like it. The colors and lighting are fantastic.
Congratulations to you for a very good job.

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