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Not a few musical shots (D3)

Discussion in 'People' started by Harry S., Jul 21, 2008.

  1. Had no idea first where to post this but since almost exclusively people are involved ....

    Well, time to show some of my favorites from the musical session this year. It is also kind of show-off of the D3’s capability to handle high ISO, highlights, etc.
    Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a very dense show with a lot of dancing, and with the D200 I would have been lost. The D3 came just in time. It is so comfortable to be able to use ISO 3200 with absolute confidence – you can even push a file by + 1.0 EV without introducing too much noise – at ISO 6400 one has to be a bit more careful. As you will see, people often were wearing white dresses – no problem for the D3. Also, my workflow has become substantially faster (not only because of the new PC) because the pics are almost perfect out of the box - no more struggling to preserve highlights, no NR software up to ISO 3200, ....

    I even borrowed a 300/2.8 AFS Mk1 from a friend to get some close-ups.

    First a few rehearsal and back stage pics

    28/1.4D, 1/20, f/4.5, ISO 800
    NIKON D3    ---    28mm    f/4.5    1/20s    ISO 800

    70-200/2.8 VR, 1/160, f/6.3, ISO 1250
    NIKON D3    ---    135mm    f/6.3    1/160s    ISO 1250

    85/1.4D, 1/125, f/3.2, ISO 800
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/3.2    1/125s    ISO 800

    85/1.4D, 1/200, f/4.5, ISO 1600
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/4.5    1/200s    ISO 1600

    85/1.4D, 1/250, f/2.2, ISO 1600
    NIKON D3    ---    85mm    f/2.2    1/250s    ISO 1600

    300/2.8 AFS, 1/200, f/4.0, ISO 3200
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/4.0    1/200s    ISO 3200

    Now for a few performance shots (almost exclusively high ISO stuff)

    70-200/2.8 VR + TC 14, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO 2000
    NIKON D3    ---    280mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 2000

    70-200/2.8 VR + TC 14, 1/100, f/4.5, ISO 2000
    NIKON D3    ---    112mm    f/4.5    1/100s    ISO 2000

    300/2.8 AFS, 1/200, f/2.8, ISO 3200
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/200s    ISO 3200

    300/2.8 AFS, 1/800, f/2.8, ISO 2000
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/800s    ISO 2000

    70-200/2.8 VR + TC 14, 1/160, f/5.6, ISO 6400
    NIKON D3    ---    116mm    f/5.6    1/160s    ISO 6400

    MF 20/3.5, 1/50, f/8, ISO 1600
    NIKON D3    ---    20mm    f/8.0    1/50s    ISO 1600

    300/2.8 AFS, 1/320, f/2.8, ISO 3200
    NIKON D3    ---    300mm    f/2.8    1/320s    ISO 3200

    70-200/2.8 VR + TC 14, 1/160, f/8, ISO 3200
    NIKON D3    ---    280mm    f/8.0    1/160s    ISO 3200

    I could go on without end, but if you want to see the whole series – look here

  2. Harry, I've always admired your lens collection, but you've certainly put on a wonderful show here!

    It great to see the D3 put through it's paces with such an interesting collection of shots.

    aka beaucamera
  3. Thanks Virginia, having many lenses can be a bliss - but also the opposite :biggrin:

    My lens arsenal is being redesigned at the moment - see PM.

  4. Many wonderful shots of this fun show. I have seen it twice by different cast's and found it enjoyable. Good job on these shots.
  5. Wow. Not only is the photography great, but the production seems to have some pretty good values to it. Where is this theatre? Do they have a website?
  6. Thanks Gordon! Yes, the show is fun. Although the story is rather poor, it has a lot of space for artistic interpretation.

    The stage is an open air stage in an abandoned quarry at the base of a limestone cliff with the ruins of a medieval fortification on top (it was destroyed by the Swedish army at the end of the 30 year war). It is situated some 50 km north of Vienna, in the northeastern corner of Austria.

    Since 8 years they are doing musicals there and since 5 years I document it photographically.

    They have a website, but it's all in German. If you want to see photos of the last 5 years, just visit my pbase galleries - all depicted musicals are from this stage.

    For this year they borrowed the huge Egyptian statues from another open air stage which played Aida last year. But the big head in the cehter was made by themselves - carved out of a huge block of styrofoam.

    Here's a pic of what the stage looks like this year:

    Meanwhile they have such a good reputation that even with little advertising they have full ranks over the whole performing period during July and August.

  7. shtarka1


    Feb 1, 2008
    Beautiful Series! Crisp,Clear,Colorful & Sharp!
  8. Trish5


    Mar 31, 2005
    Razor sharp! Looks like a fantastic show! Really nice shots.
  9. Thanks Steve and Trish!

  10. dstangier


    Jun 18, 2008
    After seeing these beautiful shots I'll try cranking up the iso instead of passing on the shot.
  11. Amazing. You wonder where Nikon can go next to better the D3.......
  12. chandler


    Oct 21, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Great series. Love the way you captured the expressions.
  13. Thanks all!

    No idea what could be better for my purpose, but some will surely say "more MP" :smile:. Well, I have to admit 16MP would be o.k. to get A3 without interpolation, but the D3 files upsize so well....

  14. Very nice Harry I always enjoy theater perfromance shots
  15. Beautiful!
  16. Thanks Mike and Shelley!

    And I enjoy shooting such stuff, especially with that equipment now it is very rewarding.

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