|The New Switches|
For those wondering what I do (or, at least photograph) when I'm not traveling, I spent the last two evenings photographing rehearsals for a production of Once Upon A Mattress at the State University of New York at Oswego, my previous employer. The large images are all around 200K, so if you are on a slow connection or have limited data, be warned. I post large sized images so the students can use them for their portfolios.
It is an interesting production - the queen is an actor in drag (and excellent). I generally take many, many photos (over 2000 for the two nights) of which 10% - 15% are usable - actor movement, long exposures and harsh lighting take their toll. This production presented a new problem for photography. The lighting designer is using a number of LED fixtures. It is amazing how bright they are, however the problem is the pure, narrow band colors they produce does not photograph well, particularly when combined with standard color media used in incandescent fixtures. The human eye adjusts to the color quality, however the camera's sensor does not.
I will do a photo call tomorrow night after the performance to shoot posed images, necessary to avoid blurring during dance numbers and large groups where someone always moves during the rehearsal.
Until next time!