Tuesday, March 8, 2011

"Darling, shall we go to the symphony this evening?"

A lot of my shoots nowadays aren't as simple as they used to be. They might be studio or location setups with multiple lights and reflectors and people holding things, and moving things around just so, and there's light stands and extension cords to trip over...you get the idea. I recently shot the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra for Cape Cod Magazine, and it was the most fun I've had shooting in a long time. No flash, no fancy lights, just running around trying to capture the preparation backstage, and the intensity of conductor Jung-Ho Pak. Some of the backstage photos stretch the limits of modern technology. It is amazing how LITTLE light you need shooting with a 1.8 lens at ISO 12,800, or even 25,600!! With a steady hand you can shoot in near darkness. I would have loved this back in the day, shooting Fitchburg High football games for the Sentinel and Enterprise under the Friday night lights when ISO 800("pushed" to 1600 whoa mama!) speed film was considered fast! 

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