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Old Dec 20, 2006, 9:06 AM   #1
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Hello All,

The performers were simply great. It was exciting to see the dress rehearsals and then the actual show.

Here are some images from the actual performanceto a full house: R-1, no flash, no noise permitted.

http://nickphoto123.smugmug.com/gallery/2258834

Anxious to hear any and all comments/critcism.

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Old Dec 21, 2006, 9:06 AM   #2
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Nicholas - Your photos are absolutely stunning. Please tell me your camera settings so I can possibly come close some day to your work here. The colors and stop action are superb. The performers will love what you captured of them in this setting. Bravo!!!

God Bless Greg
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Old Dec 21, 2006, 4:19 PM   #3
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Hello Greg,

Thanks for your very kind words. Your 'Bravo' makes my day.

During this shoot I taught myself another way to use the R-1 under extreme conditons. I had to catch the performers at their peak.

No high speed 5 or 8 fps Dslr will capture theRIGHT moments. No R-1 will do it either.

It all depends on the timing of your shutter finger and the performer.

One of the staff asked me if I was able to enjoy the whole performance since I was watching it through my camera. I responded that I totally enjoyed the performance because I become one with each of the dancers. At least I try to do this. I jump with them, mentally that is.

After my dress rehearsal shoots I decided I will shoot on Manual with ISO 800 at a very fast 1/200 shutter. My Aperture was from wide open at 24mm to 4.8 on the tele. At times I went to a smaller aperture if the lighting burned out white costumes. ( do not use framing mode ).

Now here is what I discovered:

The R1 has a very high speed focusing mechanism in very low light.

Here is my secret: I put the camera on spot auto focus focus and leave it at the center of the viewfinder. I then switch to Manual Focus.

Next I hold my finger over the Manual Focus button continuusly while shooting. I look at my subject and have my focus points ( the two vertical lines ), on thesubject, or the lines of the subject's clothes, etc. To focus justpress the Manual Focus button, focus is almost instant, ( the vertical lines turn green ), and then take your shot.

As a result of the 1/200, etc., all shots will require PP, but for me it is well worth the captured images I have been able to get.

Hope you find this interesting. I would like to know your comments.

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Old Dec 21, 2006, 6:44 PM   #4
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Hi, Nicholas: Thanks so much for posting the link to the fantastic Nutcracker pics ... and thanks even more for the wonderful, detailed instructions on your technique. I'm not sure I understood all of them ... but I'm sure I'll have a lot of fun figuring it out! Ria
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Old Dec 22, 2006, 10:50 AM   #5
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Great Images Nicholas.

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Thanks Nicholas for your detailed instructions. Like Ria, I am not sure I understand every detail, but I am printing it out and putting them into my camera bag for reference when I find myself in a low - light action situation again. Thanks for the great lesson for free !!! :-)

God Bless Greg
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Old Dec 22, 2006, 2:47 PM   #7
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Hello All,

Thanks for the kind words.

Greg, forgot to mention this but everything has a catch.

My lesson 'fee' requires you to spread those smiles you capture around.

The world needs them.

Nicholas


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Old Jan 10, 2007, 3:47 PM   #8
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Hello All,

Just completed my Nutcracker Gallery.

The one thing this shoot taught me is to never, ever, sell or trade or give away my R-1, no matter what comes along in the future (hopefully an R-2).

Here is my Nutcracker gallery:

http://nickphoto123.smugmug.com/gallery/2258834/2

Regards, Nicholas



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Old Jan 10, 2007, 10:24 PM   #9
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OH.

MY.

GOSH.

Incredible gallery!

There is so much here. Art, emotion, beauty ...

Your praise goes to the R-1; my praise goes to the photographer.

Great job, Nicholas! : ) Ria
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Old Jan 18, 2007, 11:19 AM   #10
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I am a brand new member to this forum. I too am a proud owner of the R-1. I have to say though... I am not sure if I am encouraged... depressed or what.... Your gallery is absolutely stunning. I have never seen anything quite like it. Thank you so much for sharing.....Debr:?
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