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Old Nov 1, 2009, 5:40 PM   #1
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Took these last week at my daughter's high school talent show. I had an aisle seat in row 5 which gave me a decent vantage point. The talent by the way was very good this year.

K20D + DA*50-135 at ISO 800. I applied a slight touch of noise reduction (Noiseware) which is why the Exif got stripped. Would like your C & C's.





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I think you did great with the available light! Nice work jelpee.
Looks like they were having a ball.
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very nice shots!
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Nice work, jelpee-

Those look really good.

We have not had the opportunity currently, as we have finished lecturing and teaching for the 2009 year, but this are the kind of photo that I think the new Pentax Kx model is capable of producing.

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Old Nov 1, 2009, 8:13 PM   #5
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Thank you GW, John and Mtclimber. Overall, I was trying to capture the feelings of the performers. I was also pleased with the white balance which I set on tungstent. In the past I've found the WB on the K20D a bit finicky. The shake reduction seemed pretty handy as well sinced the use of a tripod or monopod was not practical.

I'm planning on sending these and other images to the school for their use. Last year, one of the chorus performing in a cathedral setting made the yearbook!
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Jelpee, on several occasions I have taken pictures of high school dramatic productions with my (now retired) K100D. I'm guessing the lighting at your school is similar to our local school, and if so, I know how challenging those lighting conditions are. The exposures in all three shots is absolutely spot-on, and you caught really nice expressions in all three pics. Congratulations on a these very well done pics.
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Well you succeeded in capturing their feelings through their expressions, any light these are terrific shots, well done.

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Agree with the above, very good shots. White balance is a tricky game with different and differently coloured light sources, and you got exposure right with a lot of detail also in highlight areas. But most important, you did catch the feeling.

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Jelpee, well done!

Having taken many school music and drama shots of my grandchildren I know how difficult it is to work with available light at these productions. You have hit the jackpot with these shots!

I like your use of tungsten WB setting to introduce some mood into the lighting.

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Thank you Mtnman,Rodney, Kjell & Lou! I typically do not shoot at concerts since it is hard to enjoy the show looking through the viewfinder of a camera. But I take my gear with me anyway and this time I came away with a decent series.

A few other technical notes: I shot in Av wide open (f/2.8) but dialed down the exposure (EV) by 0.7 in order to compensate for the dark stage background. Shutter speeds varied from 1/30th to about 1/100th of a second depending on the level of lighting on the performer. All shots were handheld (hooray for SR)!
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