I’ll be busy shooting at the Ojai Film Festival for the next few days, blogging as the opportunity arises. Mostly I’ll be shooting workshops, parties, and awards events, but I also wanted to capture what the film festival is really about: people enjoying great movies!
Tonight was the free outdoor screening, sponsored by the Ojai Valley Community Bank. So, how do you get a courtyard full of people to hold very still for a THIRTEEN-SECOND EXPOSURE? You show a compelling film, of course. Tonight’s treat was The Secret of Kells, an animated feature. I wish I had captured more of the projector light from the back, but you can’t have everything, eh?
The audience is lit entirely by reflections from the screen. I set the camera on a very sturdy tripod, used matrix metering and Aperture priority at f5.6, and let the camera choose the shutter duration. I did dial in negative one stop of exposure compensation, because I wanted to show we were in a dark environment. It only took about ten exposures to get one I liked. I rarely shoot with a tripod, and this might be the first multi-second exposure I’ve done since high school, but it was a fun challenge and I’m happy with the result. Can’t ask for much more than that!
EDIT: Here’s a version of the image above with the brightness dialed down a bit, per Mike’s suggestion in the comments:
2nd Edit: And here’s one with the distracting reflections removed from the background: