Helpful Posts Helpful Posts:  0
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Ons Shot Gig

  1. #1
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Ons Shot Gig

    Inauguration.

    The event took place at the courthouse in a rotunda. The rotunda inside the courthouse is a three story “cylinder” that extends all the way up to the ceiling where there is a round stained glass ceiling allowing sunlight to filter through it. The inside is lit with fluorescent and incandescent. I would not be using flash. White Balance promises to be a horror story! Fun stuff!

    I decided to go with a 70-200mm f/2.8L. Wide open required a minimum ISO of 3200 just to get 1/80th and with a +2/3 stop compensation, which I thought was pushing my luck. (Yikes!) So I squeezed out 1/100th with a +1/3rd stop and brought it back in post. I was around 20-30 feet away give or take. Naturally, I forgot my WhiBal when I scouted the venue. I shot it after the event so I would at least have a starting point but the conditions were abysmal!

    The background is a glass front display case. I wish I could have been a couple of feet elevated at my POV. Probably would have allowed to help eliminate some heads in the crowd. Such is having to shoot under these conditions.

    At this political level the actual swearing in lasted about one minute. Plus its New Year’s Day and everyone wants it to be over ASAP so they can get on with their day off. So I had to be dialed in and in position. Though the elected officials were the one’s getting sworn in, it seemed like I was the one doing the most swearing!

    I thought that there was one shot and one shot only that is important. The right hand up, left on the Bible, and a half decent look on the face. That was the only shot on my shot list for the day! I cropped this one, but at my camera’s native aspect. This crop has a little too much head space for my liking, but I didn’t want to crop it at an odd aspect for print purposes. I didn't bring it in lower in-camera because that would have just included more backs of heads from the seated spectators!

    I did a lot of work in post. Including darkening the background and a lot of cloning to rid the myriad of assorted crap that was infringing. So those that like non(or minimally)-processed shots would not find this to their liking.

    This is Mr. Justin Hill and his family. A good friend of mine who won the County Treasurer seat. He asked his family to hold the Bible while he was sworn. He is a good man, father, husband, and is as honest as the day is long. He and his family are a pure delight to hang with. Something I wish were more predominant these days. Especially for American politicians.

    This would be my Inauguration Gift to him if I decide it nice enough to present. I have no doubt he would like it, but I was hoping to get some feedback from other photographer’s before I pull the trigger.

    Ons Shot Gig
    Last edited by Loose Canon; 2nd January 2013 at 02:30 AM.

  2. #2
    jeeperman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    Location
    Seattle Washington
    Posts
    3,550
    Real Name
    Paul

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Other than having a couple tall heads in front, which I barely noticed.....I think you nailed it. Everything looks as if I were standing there myself.

  3. #3
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Okay. Thanks Paul.

    They really don't make it easy for sure. Starting the first row of chairs so close to the dias, not having an elevated stage, people milling about glad-handing, crappy lighting conditions...

    ...I must have missed the Memo asking my opinion on how they should conduct this ceremony so I could get a decent shot!

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    northern Virginia suburb of Washington, DC
    Posts
    17,931

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    I don't mind the space at the top at all. It shows the situation, which included the nice touch of the potted plant. Did you use a polarizer to avoid reflection in the glass or was it that your shooting angle just happened to work?

    Even though you already toned down the background, consider toning down the bright area immediately to the right of the state flag (I assume it's the state flag) some more.

    Well done! Definitely give it to your friend.

  5. #5
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Hey thanks Mike. I'll definitely consider your suggestion sir.

    As for the glass, I relied on angles. I really couldn't afford an additional 2-stop (or so) light loss with a polarizer.

  6. #6
    JPS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2011
    Location
    Essex, UK
    Posts
    1,475
    Real Name
    John

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Terry,
    I think it works fine.
    The picture is sharp and tells the story very well. The head(s) at the botton just gives a sense of the people watching the ceremony, which is perfectly normal and IMO is not an issue.
    A perfect gift to give to your friend.
    Kind regards
    John
    Last edited by JPS; 2nd January 2013 at 10:18 PM.

  7. #7
    davidedric's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2012
    Location
    Cheshire, England
    Posts
    3,043
    Real Name
    Dave

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Hi Terry,

    Not responding as a photographer, just as a human being. If that were me and my family, I'd be proud to hang it on the wall. Well done for being there, and showing how much you care.

    Dave

  8. #8
    Loose Canon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    Missouri, USA
    Posts
    2,455
    Real Name
    Terry

    Re: Ons Shot Gig

    Quote Originally Posted by JPS View Post
    Terry,
    I think it works fine.
    The picture is sharp and tells the story very well. The head(s) at the botton just gives a sense of the people watching the ceremony, which is perfectly normal and IMO is not an issue.
    A perfect gift to give to your friend.
    Kind regards
    John
    Hi John!

    Thank you for commenting. Always appreciated and valued. Especially from you.

    Funny how you post a shot like this and you get “well, the heads are a problem”. Couldn’t be more true! Yet there isn’t a heck of a lot of choice except to mitigate as much as you can. Your observation of the heads being normal is just how it is when you shoot an event in an uncontrolled venue. Candids, backgrounds, extraneous factors… you don’t always get a choice though you try to make the best decisions you can under the circumstances to get the best results you can.

    One of the many reasons I enjoy shooting “live” and off the cuff! And without a net! And one of the many reasons I like to bring a shot here to get a variety of points of view.

    Quote Originally Posted by davidedric View Post
    Hi Terry,

    Not responding as a photographer, just as a human being. If that were me and my family, I'd be proud to hang it on the wall. Well done for being there, and showing how much you care.

    Dave
    Dave, that is one hell of a thing for you to say to me.

    Thank you, sir. I really appreciate you saying that to me.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •