The lighting isn't ideal, the main body of the Hall is well lit with fluorescent strip lights and the stage has another, albeit smaller, fluorescent strip - but the stage is draped in black cloth from the previous production and that is mopping up the light. So, completely the opposite of a production lighting set-up, where the focus of the lighting should be on the players on-stage. I had decided not to use flash - for obvious reasons - and had taken down three cameras; Nikon D3 initially set at 1600 ISO, subsequently moved to 3200, Fuji X100, also set at 1600 and a Pentax M3 with Fuji Neopan 1600. Looking at this now there seems a surfeit of 1600! The digital cameras were set to have a max ISO auto adjust, so were capable, depending on available light and aperture to reduce the effective film speed. I'll annotate the photographs with the relevant detail.
As can be seen I had expected a paucity of light and felt it was likely to be working on narrow depth of field, which I was quite happy with as I wanted to use focus as an allegory. There are different types of AmDram groups, some very serious, some purely social; this group is somewhere in between and the job of doing a god job with the script and intention of both author and Director is taken seriously and I've tried to capture that in the shots. There is, I have to say, also a lot of humour and laughing along the way which is something I expect to capture also - hopefully from an audience perspective also.
The shot on the left has him annotating his script f4.0, 1/30th and ISO1400.
The shot on the right has him from a players perspective, considering the action on stage. It is important to the players to have the director demonstrably taking note of the performance and how it is developing. f3.5, 1/30, ISO 1400
Similarly with this shot - the group has come together mid rehearsal to listen to the Directors and discuss - notes will be taken (maybe to be discarded at a later date). They spontaneously decide to stand in a circle while the discussion continues f2.0, 1/50, ISO200
I move around and took this other shot, there is obvious concentration on Emma's words - even a part of Kevin, but no Emma, which sort of sells the shot short f5.6, 1/25, ISO 1600. So the focus in the frame is to capture their focus, their intent on what the JD's want from them and their performances. (Kevin's demeanour albeit cut in half is more positive than before)
And finally a "performance" shot. The most they managed to get on stage in the evening.
A lot for me to take away here. I will be able to show progression, as the players pick their heads up, as the play picks up, as the other various components to make a show come into play. Next rehearsal is next Thursday, Sundays start 22nd January. February will be an energetic period and the show goes on 29th/30th and 31st March.