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"Brotherhood of Man" Dance

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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
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: 2012-05-08 20:28
Viewed: 1890
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Here is another image from my recent producing and directing of the early 1960s era musical, “How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.”

It is a continuation of the scene shown in yesterday’s TL posting. Here is the fully choreographed, all-guy number (while singing) “Brotherhood of Man.”

Shooting a dance number under existing stage lighting is always difficult with the triad of exposure choices (ISO/shutter/aperture) plus shooting on the fly with little time to contemplate changes to these – sometimes only one chance to get it right. One of the tricks is to try to capture the sense of movement while actually shooting when most of the dancers are at a momentarily stopped. But as can be seen here not every movement of every performer is frozen, but it gives a sense the guys in motion.

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 and two HMI (roughly 6000K) follow spotlights geled with Rosco #33 No Color Pink mostly focused on the center actor playing “Finch.”

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.

Without repeating my workflow/PP notes, please see my note for my first posting from this series here: Dynamic Stage Kiss.

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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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-09 0:50]

Hi Larry

I really like the wide angled, panoramic crop here. A slight blue magenta color cast but I wouldn't worry about it unless this is being published in a magazine. Perhaps a little bit of sharpening to compensate for the very slight motion blur of the stage performers. I wouldn't bother sharpening the static parts of the image. Tfs!

nice framing. good work. tfs.

I admire the panoramic view you have gone for in this shot from a stage play, Larry!
The enthusiasm in the actor and their dedication towards their profession give a nice feeling when looking at this work. Great clarity and nice contrast with well management of light and exposure.
Good job!

My best regards,

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  • yanm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 818 W: 84 N: 1189] (10601)
  • [2012-05-09 2:29]

Love this. Not an easy shot, considering the group, and the light condition to get them all. Also good moment

Bom dia Larry,

Another very good job of this musical.
Excellent timing, lighting and contrast.


Ciao Larry, great group portrait, nice scene, lovely composition with excellent clarity, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

yeah, I remember. 'and the membership is free!'
you have multiple talents, brech.
Indiana must be proud of you. Cheers, 'gabbypal'

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  • VicZik Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 528 W: 82 N: 950] (4812)
  • [2012-05-12 10:42]

Hi Larry, nice capture of this wide angle panoramic view of the actors performing the dance. Good exposure management. Good work. TFS

Larry , i saw your previous post , so hard to say which i like most hey hey both excellently exposed i reckon yet different one is up close , a face to face encounter with three of the members whereas this image has the wide angle type of atmosphere with full stage decorum in extra which i like if anything just getting the 'feel' for the environment in which they play is as important to put the viewers in context of the shoot i think . The guys put some funny faces here ,i am sure you take as much pleasure in doing the shots as they do posing for you . Agree with Chris about the sharpening , just a wee soft to me but very good considering the low lighting and low speed used , good work my friend.

Off to Eastern Europe tomorrow for a few weeks ..so see you later dear.
Take care,

Hi Larry...you have learned how to effectively take these shots. Your shutter speed and exposure control is very well done. Good work.


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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-05-13 5:06]

Hello Larry :)

In natural colours and light actors very interesting, collective portrait.
The showy realization, I like him very much !

With best wishes.

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  • jan515 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2792 W: 58 N: 4702] (20934)
  • [2012-05-20 8:12]

Hello my friend Larry,
wonderful composition. Very good job with wonderful results. Very nice atmosphere in the picture.
My best regards.

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  • sela Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 633 W: 11 N: 1379] (8213)
  • [2012-05-21 9:55]

HI Larry, a perfect group portrait, very nice guys, very well composed.
Regards Rose

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