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Dynamic Stage Kiss

Dynamic Stage Kiss
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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: 2012-05-02
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment, Portrait
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: 2012-05-06 8:28
Viewed: 3033
Points: 46
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
After about a month in rehearsal, I am glad to be back again on TL after producing and directing of the early 1960s era musical, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” which opened May 3.

The scene depicted here is when the male lead character “Finch,” who has just proposed marriage after discovering his love for “Rosemary,” a secretary at the firm in the song, “Rosemary” resulting in the dynamic stage kiss while the orchestral music loudly swelled. There is a slight motion blur of her leg while it was in motion (being swept off her feet).

These are “production” images that are not posed, but shot as the musical play is in progress during our rehearsal/preview under existing stage lighting (I also did the stage lighting design) which here consisted of a mix of color gelled tungsten lighting.

While I am also overseeing the final aspects of the production (on a headset for lighting, sound, stage etc.), I shot over 1100 RAW images over two days of final rehearsals 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 with 1.4x extender, and the other with my 28-105mm f/4L IS lens.

Usually I have shot these at 1250 or 1600 ISO but with my 5D MK II, I decided to push the ISO to ISO 2000 after shooting some experimental shots during the rehearsal the previous day, I felt the noise at this ISO was acceptable (certainly a far better result than the push-processing on slide film I used in my early theater production images that were somewhat grainy) . 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 basic adjustments without altering the look of the stage image. Cropped tighter, and ran the image through NIK Define (noise reduction) and NIK Sharpener.

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Hello Larry,
What a lovely image. Thank you for all the technical detail...it is very interesting and much appreciated....especially the use of more than one camera and the high ISO rating which still required a slow shutter speed. By virtue of your hard work you are very "lucky" to be able to function in such a photogenic environment. Congratulations and best wishes.

Hello Larry

I like the double shadow behind the couple, Almost gives a 3D effect on the image. Glad to the images rolling off the Brechner press again. Cheers


A romantic moment you have caught here, though it is a part of a stage play, Larry!
I like the light and exposure in the picture.
Good sharpness and nice clarity with well caught skin tones.
Nice work!

Have a nice Sunday.

Thanks and regards,

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-05-06 9:58]

Hi Larry,
What a romantic kiss and what a stunning pose. I like the diagonal composition of the couple with that slight of movement in the left leg of the girl. Nice play with shadows and a dramtic BG drop to compliment.
My best regards,

Francis Xavier

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-06 10:02]

Hello Larry

A well caught stage kiss. And it looks like they are both enjoying it! Good color, sharpness & framing. The shadow of her leg reinforces the dynamism effect. Tfs!

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  • Doudou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 667 W: 2 N: 1533] (8802)
  • [2012-05-06 10:10]

Bonjour Larry,
Un baisser bien rendu dans un époque des années 1960.....
Tenues, coiffures nous ramène en arrière ...
De belles couleurs et une jolie netteté....
Ravie de to retour sur le site...

This one is a winner Larry , just love that scene you have caught here , you have attained a great degree of control over the lighting , choosing tungsteen is super as skin color appears as if shot on an outside stage , very natural looking and so fine it is . i find perfectly acceptable to see movement as a slight blur in the leg of the woman getting the sensation of being a spectator present on location , my congratulations on capturing the precious moment and for explaining how you came to take this delightful photo , well executed .
Take care my friend,

Hi Larry,
Very nice caught of view at the good moment.
Excellent portrait and romantic pose,
nice tone of colors and light,
very well done.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-05-06 13:21]

HI Larry, welcome back in TL, and this is really a wonderful caption of a beautiful kiss scene. You took this photo at a very right moment, a golden snapshot, perfect in all ways.
Regards Rose

Indeed! A very dynamic kiss, I wish I could see her toes (do you think it's curling?). Great capture of this moment with good lighting. Good dof with nice details. Well done, tfs.

dear Larry, I think a kiss like this is a parody of a kiss, it turns me off kisses, women, everything. The woman's pose is ridiculous. If a girl did this when I kiss her I would kiss her goodbye.
The photo is nice and sharp, however.

Lovely moment with very natural looking colours. The 2000ASA held up well with no grain. Nice job

Ciao Larry, fantastic dinamyc shoot with nice couple in great action, excellent clerity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-07 0:30]

Hi Larry.

Very good notes to such a dynamic shot, the tones and pose show the theatrical scene so well, the lines the lady shows, gives appeal to the shot, her hand across his forehand speaks volumes, very well taken. TFS

Stv :0))

Olá Larry
Well composed...it has a lot of mood. I like the way you handle the light and the play of shadows in the composition.
A good moment to remember.
Um abraço

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-05-07 3:29]

Nice moment. I know its not an easy to capture stage shot, but I think I wish a tad sharper on the faces.

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  • eosnut Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 647 W: 285 N: 2085] (13374)
  • [2012-05-08 1:15]

Good shot Larry, you have nauled the look of the era very well.

Showing my age a little here...but this rfminds me of Norman Rockwell's art in The Saturday Evening Post...TFS.


Bom dia again Larry,

Romantic kiss like in the Mmy) old times when I was young and a dreamer.
Thinking better, I'm young and a dreamer until today, with 60 :):)
Great capture and timing, excellent saturation, focus and lighting.
Great job, my friend.


A great action shot from the musical. The nice tight crop and shadows here make a great comp.
Even with ISO 2000, there is virtually no noise detected. Nicely done!


P.S. Having seen the musical, I was impressed and thought everyone did an outstanding job, cast and crew!

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  • fuaty Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 328 W: 382 N: 62] (529)
  • [2012-05-20 6:16]

So welcome back 8:)
A good, romantic shot... I like it 8:)

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-05-22 12:42]

What a beautiful lovely scene Lab,
Atmospheric absorption - great light, colors and beautiful composition. A wonderful picture Very good contrast.Very well made​​, I really like.
Best regards.

New generation....photografer and artist.
" How To Succeed in Business Senza Really Trying "
Incredibile momento.
Icona dello star system.
Ottima condivisione .

HI Larry...your lighting and sharpness is excellent. Perfect exposure control...The sharpness is incredible considering the long shutter speed.


Bonjour Larry
Vry theatral and exactly done as it should be
I like the composition, the ovement of bodies and the light

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