Sheldon Wecker, QPSA  

Cabaret by Sheldon Wecker, QPSA

October 2019 - Cabaret

About the Image(s)

First an apology. I was traveling and unexpectedly had little internet connectivity, preventing me from commenting on last month's images. Back now - hope to avoid the problem in the future.

This image was taken at a dress rehearsal of the play "Cabaret", done by a local community theatre group. A club I belonged to was invited to take photos, some of which were used to promote the performance (we also got free tickets for our services). I especially liked this image of the "Master of Ceremonies" lit by a spotlight. I was drawn to the colors of the makeup and high contrast. Even though it wasn't lit, some of the set was visible in the background, which I blacked out. Taken with a Sony A77 (APSC), 35mm, f2.8, 1/250 sec, iso 100. Just as a note - taking pictures during a dress rehearsal is difficult. Actors are moving, lighting is often dim, fast lenses have limited depth of field, and the director doesn't want you up close distracting the actors. My "keeper" rate was not very good. This picture is atypical because of how brightly the actor was lit, and because I managed to sneak up a little closer to the stage.

This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Dick Perkins   Dick Perkins
Fun and engaging. Excellent lighting and positioning, and the exclusion of any competing imagery is splendid. Bonding with the actor is automatic.   Posted: 10/06/2019 23:22:36

Joe Kennedy   Joe Kennedy
Sheldon, I think you nailed this composition. I trust the theater company was pleased with it as well. The facial expression, the position of the hands, the upper body only look, and the lighting all came together here. Glad you were able to move in for this one!   Posted: 10/07/2019 14:29:56

Peter Elliston   Peter Elliston
Great shot Sheldon. I really like this kind of image. You have caught the actor brilliantly. The whites are well handled and I can live with the motion blur on the actor's left hand as this adds to the sense of performance. Even if this was your only 'kept' shot it was well worth attending these rehearsals and the free tickets were a bonus. Hope the show was good!   Posted: 10/08/2019 12:33:46

Glenn Rudd   Glenn Rudd
Very well done under difficult circumstances. The lighting is excellent and the features of the character are enhanced by the black background.   Posted: 10/11/2019 15:54:41

John Hackett   John Hackett
Having photographed a few amateur theatrical productions in the past I can fully appreciate the circumstances in which you took this picture.I like the fact you have isolated the one character and the dark background helps to throw the figure forward, helped by our black page.We have detail in the light tones, a good pose and expression.   Posted: 10/16/2019 04:10:14