Which Forum for Opera Photos?

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Which Forum for Opera Photos?
1 month ago

Hi All

I used to regularly post my community opera photos here before I moved to m4/3s. While I used to get a strong response on the Oly forum, the m4/3 forum interest has always been weaker. So weak that I havent posted shoots of my operas and musicals there for some time. A couple of days ago, I posted some and got zero interest.

So I'm just testing out here before I try Flicker or some other site - any Suggestions?

Here is my original Intro post.

Hi

After a few interim solutions, I've finally got together my new kit for doing operas and musicals.

Em5 and 12-40 f2.8 with Em1 and Pany 35-100 F2.8. This replaces my last 4/3s kit E5 with 12-60 F2.8/4 and E620 with 50-200 F2.8/3.5. In between times, I used the Pany 12-35 on an EM5 with the E5 using the 50-200. I use the Black Rapid twin sling for pretty much instant access to both cameras.

What's different? The 12-40 is just that bit crisper than the Pany 12-35 and Oly 12-60. The Pany 35-100 seems on a par with the 50-200. I'm swapping cameras a lot more with the shorter range - 12-60 meant I hardly had to change cameras at all. Of course the m4/3s camera have very little noise issues - pretty much nothing that cant be handled easily by LR - but then again my real life audience are not pixel peepers and alike the romantic grain and atmosphere of theatre photography

I shoot trying to capture the drama of the whole scene and action - so shoot wide quite a lot. I also need to record the set and the chorus for the producers and the chorus who buy the photos. So this makes DR and noise a bit of an issue trying to capture leads under lights and chorus in shadow.

I did shoots of the final 2 dress rehearsals for Rockdale Opera's production of Pirates of Penzance. This was the longest running opera company in Australia until their theatre was closed down for asbestos 3 years ago.

The first shoot is the one I used and provided to the company - so mostly wider shots with some closer shots. These I have to produce in a couple of days so prints can be put up in the foyer and photos distributed to the cast. A bit of a hectic production - 40 prints and a couple of hundred shots have to be sorted and PP'd from about 800 shots in a couple of days.

The second shoot I focused more on the cast than the action, so more tele shots - I only put these together in the last week, almost 2 months after the shoot. Much less PP on these as I only used these as a record for myself - no client.

Some photos of the first shoot in the reply.

The reply-

Hi

First shoot focused on capturing the wider scene and drama of the action.

Ruth and Frederic and the Pirate King

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The Pirate King

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Mabel says yes

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Bring it on

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Major Gen Stanly meets his match

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The General and Isabel

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Ruth scorned

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More photos in the reply

Cheers

Ray

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