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PIPPIN-Magic To Do

PIPPIN-Magic To Do
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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: 2012-11-14
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/50 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-11-14 21:23
Viewed: 2733
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After about a month in rehearsal, I am pleased to share my first production image from my current producing and directing effort of the Stephen Schwartz musical, “PIPPIN,” which will open Nov 15, 2012.

The scene depicted here is at the end of the opening musical number, "Magic To Do," where a series of players have enticed the audience to "join us...we have magic to do, just for you..." They strike this pose at the end of the song with the applause.

This is a “production” image that is not posed, but shot as the musical play is in progress during our rehearsal/preview with the goal to attempt to capture what the audience is seeing.

Shot under existing stage lighting (I also did the stage lighting design), which here consisted of a mix of color gelled tungsten lighting, using especially strong side and high lighting against a blue lit BG (cyclorama) in this particular moment. While I am also overseeing the final aspects of the production (on a headset for cues for lighting, sound, stage etc.), I shot over 800 RAW images using two Canon 5D MK IIs, both tripod-mounted about 40-feet (12m) from the stage in the aisle of the house. On one I used my 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens, and the other with my 24-105mm f/4L IS lens.

I have shot these at 1600 ISO, and the camera was set for tungsten lighting and I used Tv (Shutter Priority) mode making on-the-fly exposure adjustments using the exposure shift to adjust aperture.

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 very basic adjustments without altering the look of the stage image. Cropped slightly tighter, and ran the image through NIK Define (noise reduction) and NIK Sharpener.

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  • Great 
  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-11-14 21:30]

Hi Larry,
Attractive colors and adequate lighting for this group of actors while performing. Perfect sharpness. I like the blue backdrop which is enhancng this rather 'red and white' group.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

Ciao Larry,lovely composition with interesting people, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Another wonderful posting from you, Larry!

Good details and natural skin tones with amazing colors.
The mood is immense and a great moment has been captured in here.
Well executed work!

Best wishes,

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-11-15 1:04]

Hi Larry.

It must be very pleasing for you with these shows your attached to, we can see the enjoyment from the colour and costumes. Great capture, it shows the essence of live shows, tfs

stv ;))

Bom dia Larry,
It's the time of apotheosis and applause.
Great photo (was what was expected of you! ...)
Congratulations for the beautiful spectacle.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-11-15 10:01]

Hallo Lab,
Das ist eine Klasse Präsentation vom die Truppe Artisten. Die Komposition ist Exzellent mit super Farben und die Schärfe ist genau.
Viele Grüße.

Hi Larry,
Not easy to take a picture of group like this !..
Excellent pose and portrait of all the group,
Beautiful blue background and details of the actors,
well taken and done.

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  • nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2777 W: 0 N: 5194] (50772)
  • [2012-11-17 11:46]


quelle compo e tiamge superbe captage tous ces artiset quelle couleur quelles attitudes, sueprbe.
Bravo et amitié

I find it difficult to take group portrait but you did a wonderful job with this group. Good lighting and dof with nice details. Love the colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi Larry...very nice shot. Lighting, exposure and sharpness are all very good. Nice work.



Excellent sharpness and details with iso 1600, i'm impressed.
Superb lighting and colors, happy atmosphere of the group well captured.
Wow !

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