View Full Version : The Nutcracker ... in May?

05-04-2009, 04:54 PM
I had the opportunity to shoot a local studio's production of the Nutcracker this past weekend. They did a phenomenal job... I was very, very impressed.

I shot these all from high up above all the seats. I had two tripods... one with a Canon Mark III and 200 1.8 with TC1.4. I shot some with the 400 2.8 on that body too, but it was a little tight except on the smallest dancers. On the other tripod I had a Canon 50D with a 70-200 for the wider shots. The first two are from the 50D... rest from Mark III. Did a custom white balance and shot Av at f/2.8/f/2.5 and ISO1600 - JPEG. I processed these quickly in Lightroom. I ended up with about 2800 shots that were usable, and there was a second shooter there... that is a lot of pictures.













05-04-2009, 05:30 PM
wow great shots Mike... very nice, Like you had lighting set up there.. that 50 D looks pretty impressive..hows the HS shutter on AI servo work? does it track as good as the 3N?

05-04-2009, 07:38 PM
Beautiful shots! How weird was to to watch the Nutcracker in the summer months?

05-05-2009, 06:58 PM
Lighting looks REAL good there... wow... those could be right off of a brochure... are you sure you havent done photography before? ;)

05-05-2009, 07:11 PM
Yeh... it was pretty bizarre listening to the finale where they wish you a Merry Christmas, then go out the door where it was 80 degrees and gorgeous. The stage lighting was pretty good. They had it at Stewart Theater which is in a building on the NC State campus. It was an odd theater. The stage was even floor level... no elevation. The seats had a sharp incline, and I was up at the top.... way up there. Its amazing looking at the shots because some of them show no apparent angle, but there was. I especially like how the angle created the "shadow" shots where a row of dancers were all doing the same thing. Had I shot that at floor level I would have not seen the dancers in the back at all, so this angle I think worked well... like in that last shot.

05-05-2009, 07:23 PM
This is where I was shooting from... hard to imagine when you look at the resulting images. This is ISO3200, right out of the camera, by the way.