Rising Star

I’m off to the camera show in Toronto tomorrow (soooo excited!!), and I need to get to bed because I have to get up early, but I wanted to give you a sneak peek of some experimenting I did tonight.

My son, Daniel, is taking drama this semester, and part of his mark includes doing a review of a stage production, so tonight we went to see the annual musical at his high school.  I really enjoyed it because it brought back a ton of memories of my high school days back in the dark ages.  High school productions are interesting because there is such a mixture of talent from the so-so to the “wow I didn’t know she could sing like that!!” which I heard come out of my son’s mouth many times during the performance.

Because the auditorium was completely dark and we weren’t allowed flashes, I couldn’t really see the controls on my camera to experiment too much, so I basically used the auto mode without flash and my telephoto lens (hand held).  The photos turned out surprisingly well considering the lighting conditions (completely dark where I was and bright lighting on stage), and I will probably post quite a few shots in the days to come. However, I wanted to post one photo now which is my favourite of the night.  This young lady is one of Daniel’s best friends, and I think she is absolutely stunning and has the voice of an angel.  What I really love about this shot is how her arm on the right and another performer’s arm on the left ended up kind of framing her face.  Plus the lighting is great!  What do you think?  Is this a keeper?

Musical 1

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30 Responses to Rising Star

  1. dorannrule says:

    It’s a keeper all right – high drama – great light – star magazine stuff. Keep experimenting and you will be in great demand for high fees.

  2. Jeff Sinon says:

    I think it looks great Cindy.

    Now you just need to practice with your camera so you know it inside and out, blindfolded, and in the dark 😛

    • Thanks Jeff! You’re too funny though because I don’t even know what half of the controls do yet, let alone how to find them in the dark LOL! But hopefully I will learn some new things in the seminars I will be attending at the camera show tomorrow. It’s going to be so much fun. By the way, have you ever heard of the Peak Design Camera Capture Clip system? It is on sale at the show tomorrow, and I watched some video demonstrations. It looks like a great idea. If you get a chance, watch one of the videos – I would love to hear your opinion :).

      • Jeff Sinon says:

        Thanks for the tip. I’ve actually been looking at the Capture Clip. I very rarely, almost never, have a strap on my camera. With the hiking I’m planning this summer it would be perfect for having my camera easily accessible.

      • Oh good, I’m glad you like it – you know so much more about these things than I do :). Mike and I are contemplating a trip to England and Scotland next summer, and I thought that would be so much better than having my camera swinging on the strap all day. The guy who developed it is going to be doing a talk at the camera show today, and the clip will be on sale for $59. I just have to see if it will fit on my camera bag strap properly, or maybe I will have to buy a new camera backpack too right?? LOL

      • Hey Jeff, I bought the Capture Camera Clip yesterday at the photography show as well as the “leash” that Peak Design makes as a replacement camera strap with anchors for quick connectors so that you don’t have to have the bulky strap hanging around all the time and getting in the way. I love both of them! I even got to meet the inventor, and he seems to have some other products in the works too. He’s a really nice guy! I also got a new tripod because mine is really old and cheap. I couldn’t afford one of the really expensive ones nor do I need one really, but I got a Fotopro tripod that goes right down to ground level which is what I have been looking for. You can also take one leg off and use as a monopod. You would have loved this show. There were free seminars all day long and all the different manufacturers were there selling their wares. Have you ever heard of Ethan Meleg? He is an outdoor photographer, and his seminars/talks are fantastic because he gives a lot of great tips while showing his photos, and he’s extremely funny!

  3. bulldog says:

    It’s a keeper for sure… mind you so is she…

  4. victoriaaphotographyictoria says:

    Certainly a great ‘shot in the dark’ – it’s not easy to shoot when you can’t see the camera controls.

  5. Colline says:

    I think it is. You have captured her perfectly.

  6. beckyday6 says:

    I love her top, can you ask her where she got her top? LOL. I’m a sucker for anything with lace. The picture looks great, I hope you have fun at your camera show and will speak to you in a week. Edinburgh here I comeee, weeeeeeeee! 🙂

    • I agree – her top is awesome!! I have been finding that the lace look is huge here this year. Is it the same in England? I did have an absolutely amazing time at the camera show and spent lots of money (oops!! lol). I hope you have an equally fantastic time in Edinburgh :).

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  8. benzeknees says:

    I bet the school would love to have a head & shoulders shot of this young lady for promotional purposes. It’s so clear & crisp. Too bad somebody’s foot is on her lap!

    • I actually got quite a few shots that I was thinking they might be interest in, even for the yearbook. I will have to get Daniel to ask the school if they want to see them. As for the foot, that’s her foot LOL! She has her leg pulled up in front of her.

  9. krikitarts says:

    What a fine shot, Cindy! I used to (and still do) love sitting in the dark in the audience and seeing what I could do with the spotlighted figures on a stage. In fact, one in particular comes to mind immediately, that I think I will have to post now. I’ll give you credit for the inspiration–and thank you heartily for it–yet again!

  10. Fine shot! Love the composition. I didn’t even know the photography show was on … must get back to the real world one of these days!

    • Oh no, too bad I didn’t post about it earlier because it was great! I just love the fact that you can go for the whole day and not spend a penny if you don’t want to. I always find tickets online for free, the parking is free, and the seminars all day are free! Now having said that, I never do get out of there without buying something, and this year was no different. I’m a baddddd girl LOL!

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  12. TBM says:

    Great job and that young woman has presence on the stage. How was the weekend?

    • Thanks my friend :). The weekend was very busy but amazing. The musical on Friday night brought back a lot of memories and provided me with a different venue to experiment with my camera. The photography show is always awesome!! I met up with my cousin and her husband who I don’t get to see very often which was really nice, and I really enjoyed the seminars. I went to one where a pro gave tips about outdoor photography while showing some of his photos on a huge screen, another one where I learned the difference between all the types of lenses, and another one about travel photography. Then, of course, I spent money I shouldn’t have on some new gadgets :). Yesterday, we took my winnings from the casino the other weekend and bought a new BBQ which we desperately needed because ours was falling to pieces and a new patio set. Now I need to go back to work to rest LOL!! How was your weekend?

  13. ladyfi says:

    Yes, definitely a keeper!

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