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Thursday, December 6, 2012

Theatre: Babes in Toyland 2012

This is my 3rd year doing photos for Baltimore Actors' Theatre production of Babes in Toyland . I used some new tricks this year to try and make it a little easier for me to cover the whole stage! Check out some highlights and how I did it!
My first year I started out using a single camera with a zoom lens. I found it very difficult to get the entire stage in one shot, except from the very back of the theater which was from a very high angle and didn't look the best. The next year I carried two cameras, one with a telephoto and one with a wide angle lens, but it wasn't easy to switch back and forth.

This year I added some technology! I had one camera mounted in the center on a tripod a little above level with the stage. This was hooked up to a remote radio trigger signaled from my hand held camera. With this setup I was able to capture the same scene from two different angles!

Here is the same shot as above from a different angle at the same time! Brilliant if I don't say so myself.

 


I got some great shots this year, but had  A LOT of photos to sort through!

Check out the entire shoot here: www.cmaldridgephoto.com/bitl2012

There are two points in the show when all the kids parade through. The Nursery Rhyme introduction during the Lemonade Dance, and at the end during the Toyland Parade. Here is one of my favorite shots from Lemonade.


Here's my roommate's niece as Wee Willy Winky


The expressions of Rodrigo and Flora played by Stephen and Christina Napp are incredible in this shot


If this shot doesn't say evil Mr Barnabe, then it's not possible! 


The Dragon Forest has always been particularly difficult to capture. The dim dark green lighting doesn't offer much lighting to make an image. I upgraded my camera from last year and using a special low light lens was able to get a lot more usable images than ever before! This shot of  the ballerina slaying the three headed Dragon is particularly dramatic.


Closing out the end of dress rehersal for 2012. Happy Holidays!