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 Post subject: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 1:30 am 
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On Wednesday night I photographed the local high school band. It was the Holiday Concert. The kids in this picture are in the jazz band, and were in "the pit" (on the floor, in front of the stage). They were lit only by the spill from the stage.

This is one of those pictures where the only options are to crop to half of the jazz band or do a 1:3 aspect ratio. There's the rest of the band on stage, lit far more brightly. There's also the audience, sufficiently lit to distract. I've worked with the band since August. I know some of the kids now, and they're good kids. This is all about the band.

I'll take the compromise on aspect ratio. It's not the first time, and besides, I decide what's right for the final picture. I've already edited the photo, and it's dodgy to do much more, though I suspect I will. That said, here's the exif for it: 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO12800, 200mm.

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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:20 am 

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There are situation where you are screwed. I think you did the best you could.

Was flashlight not allowed or not a option?


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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 9:38 pm 
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Ralf_St wrote:
There are situation where you are screwed. I think you did the best you could.

Was flashlight not allowed or not a option?

Thank you! You're right. I was screwed. I could barely see them.

Flash wasn't really an option. While some parents were using them, ineffectively I'm sure, I was at the very back of the auditorium. The flash would have been utterly useless.

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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 12:42 am 
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Here is a before and after pair from the concert. It was so dark I couldn't tell who the soloist flute player was. I thought it was someone who is a senior girl; it was a freshman boy. They're both very good. Exif: 1/125s, f/4.0, ISO25600, 200mm. That's right on the ISO. 25,600. It was that or no picture.

Enjoy!

Before (SOOC):
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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 11:37 am 
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Graham, did you try fill flash at all? I realize you were pretty far from the band but with this kind of ISO your flash would probably reach them.

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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:12 pm 
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Hi Oleg!

No, I didn't try flash at all. I had a 580EX II with me, and had used it for some BTS shots before the concert, but I didn't want to be disturbing or blinding the band with the flash.

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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Sat Dec 21, 2013 5:15 pm 

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There is a way to make a flash effecitv over a long distance like this. I used it in a similare situation. I build a pipe with a thick black paper and inside tinfoil. This makes kind of a spotlight and with a flash in manual mode the power is realy amazing. (ETTL absorbs a lot of power).

What I did on those events I was at the rehearsels and the final rehearsel and talked to everybody related to the light. I photographed at the rehearsels a lot. Sometimes it was at the same lighting condition as at the evening, sometimes not. And in one occation I expected a situation like this and build my flash modifier and had it with me. Camera was on trypod flash was on the camera, with this modifier, lens was 70-200.

Disturbing somebody was not a issue because I was the main photographer and I clearified those things before the event.


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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:21 pm 

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If you hav ps6 you can adjust highlights and shadows in the camera raw converter and also the ononesoftware photosuite has a flash fill adjustment.
In the future you can also use manual exposure and spot meter for the highlights or shadows to get a better all around lighted image.


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 Post subject: Re: It was the best of light, it was the worst of light
PostPosted: Thu Jan 09, 2014 12:27 pm 

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Here is you other image edited the same way. Computers, imaging software, cameras - the best of all worlds.


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