Sunday, June 14, 2015

Performance Photos with Available Light

I took my mirrorless camera with me yesterday when attending my friend Chiemi's recital at Global Labo on Eighth Avenue.  I'll soon be posting on my other blog, The Aesthetic Adventure, my thoughts on the performance itself, but in the meantime I wanted to put here a few of the photos I shot while part of the audience. 

The greatest difficulty I encountered was in the ambient room lighting.  As you can see from the shots here, there was an entire wall of floor-to-ceiling windows behind Chiemi.  Bright sunlight poured through them that completely overpowered the overhead fluorescent light fixtures and shone directly in the eyes of the audience.  As I have always had an aversion to using on-camera flash, I ramped up the ISO to 800 (which I've found by experience to be the highest usable setting on the Lumix GH2) and, ignoring the backlighting, exposed for the performer's skin tones.  This, of course, resulted in the background being completely blown out; but as there was no usable detail there anyway I didn't feel that was any great loss.  Instead, the absence of background removed from the frame any distractions that might have prevented the viewer from fully concentrating on the photos' main subject.

I was particularly pleased with the group shot I took at the recital's end.  Photographers always hate this setup because it's almost impossible to photograph a group this size without catching at least one individual yawning or talking or simply not paying attention.  Everyone here, though, was wonderfully alert and made sure to give the camera their brightest smiles.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Autoharp Performance Tomorrow

Just a reminder that my best friend Chiemi will be giving her autoharp performance tomorrow, Saturday, June 13,  at Global Labo on Eighth Avenue.  Check the Facebook posting regarding the event for full details.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Spring Flowers

I actually took these photos at the end of April in Central Park and only now have had the opportunity to post them.  I'm fortunate to be located so close to such gorgeous floral displays as the Conservancy landscapers are constantly preparing to delight visitors to the Park.