Counting My Mixed Blessings

I always enjoy shooting for Francisca Beach and her Senga Classic Stage Company. Tonight we grabbed some quick publicity shots for an upcoming Taste of Shakespeare performance. Our goal was to create reasonably flat lighting and capture the interesting costumes and expressions. I used a Nikon D7000, three flashes, and two lenses: the Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 and the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8.  The composition and lighting are not as compelling as I’d like, but I think the images will translate well in newsprint.

I love the Tokina 11-16's color, contrast, and sharpness. I don't love that I didn't notice how her dress and my angle make her look either dwarfish or pregnant, but not like she's being carried by the two gents. And of course, the rule of permutations more or less demands that at least one of five people will blink during the exposure. I'm not sure if I'd submit this one for publication, but I still kinda like it.


I like the expressions, color, and lighting, but I don't like the two-dimensionality of the set-up. I should have moved them or moved myself to one side or the other.

The director asked her to "make one of your faces." Again, I'm not happy with the static composition, but the actors look great.

This one started out as a very static composition, but then I tilted the image and was frankly surprised at how much it helped. I expect to experiment with odd angles quite a bit in the months to come.

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Filed under Camera Gear, Composition, Dance and Theater, Lighting

One response to “Counting My Mixed Blessings

  1. Dean – it was a fun shoot and the picture is very believable .

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