Fellowship of the Ravens in Performance

by Harlan, July 28, 2014

Earlier this year, I helped a local teenage theater troupe by providing promotional headshots and group photographs. I’m also helping this group, the Fellowship of the Ravens by maintaining the organization’s website, helping them raise money online, and helping them communicate effectively through new media. I’ll be teaching some of the students how to create a travel blog for when they visit Scotland for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

I attended a dress rehearsal last week to take some photographs of their production of Where To Begin, a new play, commissioned for the Fellowship, that addresses teen mental health issues.

As this is a play with dark themes, this is reflected in the stage lighting — dark. This certainly presented a challenge for photography, as I didn’t want to go beyond 1600 ISO, even though my camera, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, would certainly be able to handle it nicely. I still needed to use heavy-handed noise reduction. Thankfully, I wasn’t dealing with lights with changing color throughout the performance. Nevertheless, I asked the troupe to perform one important scene again. The direction calls for that scene to be performed while dimly lit, but I needed more light to get effective photographs.

All in all, this isn’t my best work, but I think it’s decent considering the conditions. View more of the photographs on the Fellowship of the Ravens website. Good luck to the team as they travel overseas!

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