Tales from the Pit - 50mm Sumilux ASPH

Discussion in 'Leica M and LTM Lenses' started by carlb, Apr 10, 2017.

  1. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    I'm playing in musical theater (the "pit band") for 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.' I've been having fun grabbing some candids and some posed shots of other musicians in the pit.

    Lighting is exceptionally challenging: stand lights, which by design aren't the brightest bulbs by any measure. I brought the 50mm Summilux in to shoot at f1.4 to help, but that makes its own set of challenges: getting focus for a thin depth of field.

    Set the shutter to the slowest I can work with, about 1/60th second, much slower than that and lose too many shots to folks moving. ISO pretty high, 2500-3200 for most.

    Here you go:

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    Randi Rexroth
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    Randi cuts through the fog
    by Carl B, on Flickr

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    Emily Reck
    by Carl B, on Flickr

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    Emily Reck
    by Carl B, on Flickr

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    Jay Weiler
    by Carl B, on Flickr

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    Jay Weiler
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    Melissa Warhol
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    Melissa Warhol
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    Michael Zimmerman
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    Michael Zimmerman
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    Emily Judge-Becker
    by Carl B, on Flickr

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    Emily Judge-Becker
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    Doug Nelson fogged-out
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    Doug Nelson
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    Deb and Doug
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    Deb Clapp
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  2. Brian

    Brian Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 3, 2013
    Difficult lighting - made for some great portraits.

    I'm sure everyone is very pleased, will these be used in a Bill-Board/Brochure for the company?
     
  3. carlb

    carlb Leica Place Top Veteran Subscribing Member

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    May 1, 2013
    Thanks, Brian. I think everyone likes the shots.

    Lighting was so low that seeing the rangefinder box was difficult at times. I did miss the focus often, but the usable shots made up for that.

    The pit band won't get much billing in general (names in the playbill is about it). But any of the musicians are free to use these in self-promotion if they'd like.
     
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