Yesterday, I was slotted to shoot some behind the scenes action at the dress rehearsal of Michigan Tech’s production of the Robber Bride Groom. I honestly can’t say too much about the production itself, but the few parts that I sat and watched were great. The cast is really entertaining and I think that this would be a fun show to go to.
Anyway, that’s not why I was there. I assumed that I was there to shoot some of the tech people in action along with attempting to get some shots from areas that would generally be off-limits to me. Overall I think it went pretty well.
I was allowed to cruise around backstage, and was also shown how to access the catwalks and overhead booth. What surprised me was that after showing me around they just let me loose. I hope I didn’t get in anyone’s way and that I can use this experience to maybe gain additional access at other productions.
Getting the proper exposure in this type of lighting is always a little bit of a challenge. Fortunately, Nikon’s D3 allows me to push the ISO up to 3200/4000 without too much of an issue. Sometimes I was shooting in manual, sometimes I was spot metering and shooting in aperture priority. It just depends on the situation.
Some of the main characters were quite animated making it more difficult to follow and properly focus especially with the limited depth of field produced shooting at f1.4. At these times I would switch to A-priority and do my best to keep the subject in focus.
In areas where the action was much more subdued I would switch to manual to insure proper exposure.
Also at this time there have been some recent developments that pertain to the job I have accepted. Lately I have really felt under the microscope. And I’ve felt this pressure to perform well on these assignments. It’s not that I would generally slack off, it’s just that there is this additional pressure. Hopefully, I will know more soon. When I know… you’ll know.
And last but not least the images. Let me know what you think.