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    Hypnohare
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    Tricky Stage Shot with my GR II

    Hi All:

    I'm not one to usually post a photo on this forum, but an interesting situation came up.

    I was on a cruise ship a few days ago and the cruise director asked me if I could take a photo of him while he presented a speech to the audience.

    Basically, he needed the shot for his website and the only thing he required was that the photo be in color and I had to include both him and the audience. So in other words the photo was to present him as a man who had experience speaking before large crowds.

    His speech was about 15 minutes and that was basically my little window of opportunity to get the shot. Equipment wise all I had was my handheld Ricoh GR II and the 40 mm convertor lens.

    This assignment turned out to be pretty tricky in terms of exposure. Because in the little time I was allotted, I tried shooting my subject from many different angles. From the audience, I took a few shots in the orchestra as well as from the balcony. Every time I exposed for the cruise directors face, the audience was way too dark. And if I exposed for the audience, the cruise directors face was blown out.

    I reasoned that I might have some luck with a backlit shot so I quickly ran backstage and took a few shots from the wings. While backstage I noticed a small hole in the stage curtain near the floor.

    I then got down on my belly, set the focus, dialed the camera to f2.4, 1/30, 28mm, ISO 400 and stuck the lens of the GR II through the hole of the curtain. Using the Live View of the LCD, I tried to time my shot so that I caught my subject when he was directly in between me and the spotlight.

    Below is a low res copy of the shot. The cruise director was very happy with the photo.

    The funny thing is if I had a DSLR, I would have never been able to stick a lens through that small hole in the curtain!

    Levent
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    Great image! Wonderfully composed and exposed... bravo!

    Cheers,

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    Hypnohare
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    Thanks Simon!!

    I really lucked out by having the second spotlight (on stage left) which gave my subject light on his right side otherwise he would have been only in silhouette.

    Also, had I used the auto focus I would have probably missed the shot. But because of the posts of people like Mitch and Sean, I've been forcing myself to use the manual focus when I am in tricky lighting situations, and I am very happy with the results!

    Levent

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    Absolutely magnificent! It is work like this that has inspired me me to put my DSLR in storage.

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    Brilliant!

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    Hypnohare
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    Thanks for your kind comments!

    By the way. I really like to be able to quickly change back and forth between the 28mm prime and the 40mm adaptor lens. But I discovered that with my middle-aged eyes I have a tough time aligning the little grey dots on the Ricoh body. So, the night that I shot that photo I was backstage and I borrowed a little bit of white gaffers tape from the stagehands and stuck a little bit of white tape on the camera and the lens adaptor so that in the really dark places (like when I was in the audience) I can easily match up the big white bits of tape and instantly lock in the lens. I know it's not pretty, but it really worked great! When I can I'll post a photo of what this Mod looks like.

    Best regards,
    Levent

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    Re: Tricky Stage Shot with my GR II

    Levent,

    stupendous photo! i'd really love to see it in b/w as well (even though i know you needed colour for the job).

    and thank you very much for the mod. great idea!

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    Below is a photo of the modification I had mentioned previously. It's just a little bit of white gaffers tape that makes if fast and easy for me to properly align the lens hood adaptor, when I am in a dark environment.

    I am really sorry about low quality of this photo. But I am traveling and the only camera I have with me is the Ricoh. So I was forced to take this photo with the Low Res "iSight" webcam that is built into the lid of my MacBook Pro laptop computer.

    Levent

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