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The Goodbye Kiss from "Into The Woods"

The Goodbye Kiss from
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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, Decisive Moment, Mood
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-11-20 19:45
Viewed: 1394
Points: 20
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Another image for my recent stage directing of the Stephen Sondheim musical, "Into The Woods.”

This scene depicts the Baker’s Wife and Cinderella’s Prince Charming, who upon a chance meeting in the woods; have a romantic encounter portrayed in the song, “Anything Can Happen in the Woods.” As quickly as it begins, the Prince is ready to move on kissing her hand as he departs onto another conquest.

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. 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.

VicZik, CSP, Teresat, fransx, ele_eng, parasbhalla, chrisJ, gaillarde, KurtPop, jan515 has marked this note useful
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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2011-11-20 20:03]

Hi Larry, the lighting is perfect, I like the sharp crisp colors and the focus. I would love to see more space on the left side, it would also take the subject away from center. Nice work & tfs..


Boa Noite larry
Very artistic scene with a good light controle and good colors and shapness. A delicious momwnt with a sensitive mood
Um abraço

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2011-11-20 22:14]

HI Larry,
Very neat work of this theatrical presentation.
I like the pose you managed to capture which is continuity. Perhaps the lighting is not perfect but you obtained an appropriate atmosphere.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Hi Larry
A nice long shot!
Great focus, vivid colors!
The beautiful background is spot on!
A little more sharpening will better!
Best wishes
Alireza :)

To me, the scene looks 3-D and gives the viewer a wonderful feeling of a live show, Larry!

The skin tones are nice and contrast to the BG is well kept.
The colors are eye-catching and positioning of the artists is well thought within a natural framed work.

Best regards,

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2011-11-21 18:43]

Hi Larry

Apart from the slight blue color cast & very slight lack of sharpness on the 2 fg subjects, I see no other flaws. Good saturation, lighting contrast and pose. The red cape contrasts well against the green cyan bg. Tfs!

Hi Larry...excellent shot. very sharp condisering the shutter speed and aperture and long lens. Nice lighting...very nice work.


Details are great for a wide open lens and slow speed. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

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  • Usaf Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 319 W: 87 N: 312] (2160)
  • [2011-11-29 6:17]

Hello Dear Brechner
beautiful work done here, superb tight framing. the picture goes nice with the title. with 1.4x extender the result is pretty convening.


Hi Larry
very beautiful color contrast. great dramatic pose and model. good DOF and focus. nice exposure. Excellent shot. TFS.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-04-27 8:23]

I like the theatrical presentation Lab,the sharpnes,scene and saturations is perfect.Well done.
My best regards.

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