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Alice and the Caterpillar

Alice and the Caterpillar
Photo Information
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: 2013-02-06
Categories: Event, Decisive Moment, HPP [Heavily Post-Processed]
Camera: Canon EOS 5D MKII, Canon EF 70-200 f/2.8 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/40 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-02-27 10:40
Viewed: 1908
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a production image from our play “Alice in Wonderland” that ran earlier this month, and was student directed. The scene depicted here is Alice talking to the Blue Caterpillar while both are sitting on mushrooms.

“Production” images were made during our rehearsal/preview attempting to capture what the audience sees during a performance. Images were shot under existing stage lighting (I also did the stage lighting design) that consisted of a mix of color gelled tungsten lighting, using especially strong side and high lighting in this scene against the scenic backdrop. 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 and shutter.

Over 400 RAW images were shot using two Canon 5D MK IIs, both tripod-mounted about 40-feet (12m) from the stage in the center 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.

As I have stated on TL before, 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.

For PP in PS5 RAW and PS, did 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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A scene from the wonderful show of Alice ... I love.
Excellent rendering of sharpness with iso 1600, I like this moment well captured, the expressions of the two characters are interesting.
Super colors too.

Boa tarde Larry,
It is hard to have you as a neighbor, especially when you put a picture so well done (common thing, incidentally...) ;o}.
Everything here is good and in the right place, very close to perfection.

Hello Larry

I like the costumes that you use in your productions. Always well caught with the camera. Very colorful and great use of indoor lighting.


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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2013-02-28 1:36]

Hello Larry.

I especially like the light across the girl, it puts he in the spotlight, the shading to the guy is caused by his position perhaps. Nice scene though, the props are very good.

st ;o))

I don't think I've seen a more elaborate stage set than this, very well presented. Good lighting and nice details. Wonderful colors. Well done, tfs.

Hi Larry..nice focus and exposure. Good work.


Ola Larry
Cool scene...good sharpness and light
Um abraço

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