1 - to see and hopefully depict a continuation of steady progress with the cast and the developing directors
2 - to use blur (out of focus) as an allegory to the development of the production development both in terms of the actors and the directors.
As it happened only one of the joint directors attended last night, which whilst a disappointment in terms of capturing their developing relationship, made it easier for me to compose!
Viewing these photographs in this post might be done best by "clicking" on an image and seeing them in series as a manual slide show
The general move in an upward direction of the heads of both players and the director is a good sign, I was impressed by the level of line learning that has been achieved and the growing confidence of the players in all aspects of their on-stage time. With words "going-in" they are starting to deliver some of the "physicals" that will help them deliver their performances. Moving and talking at the same time is a good sign, moving and talking without a script is an excellent sign. Moving and talking without a script and asking the director for guidance shows a demonstrable confidence; and if the director is able to answer then the team is starting to show real promise. I saw signs of all this last night and we are only at the 3rd rehearsal. Ken has his script is his back pocket, it is usual to have the script with you in the transition to word confidence and even when you are "word perfect" - it's a comforter! This shot shows that Ken has transitioned, whilst Jeff is probably reading his script, when he delivers he is not using his script and the solidity of the pose emphasises his confidence.
Left Nikon D3 18-300mm set at 52mm (78 equivalent), f4.8, 1/10th sec, ISO 3200. Right Nikon D3 85mm f4.0, 1/80th sec, ISO 3200
The next section is an experiment. I had used depth of focus as a metaphor in the first rehearsal post and I wanted to return to it. These initial two shots were meant to portray a solid base in the auditorium whilst the stage was unsteady. These two Nikon D200 85mm (127mm equivalent), f1.4, 1/125th sec ISO 1600
I then decided, with these three to work the "focus" further and tried to get a series with varying degrees of de-focus. I think the context , which is reasonably discernible in the third feeds back into the earlier two? First shot Nikon D3, 85mm , f1.4, 1/320th sec, ISO 3200. Second two shots Nikon D3, 85mm , f1.4, 1/250th sec, ISO 3200
These next four are from the "other way around" as compared to the set of three above i.e. clearest first
These last two of the four have a high degree of abstraction, but I am starting to enjoy the level of visual chaos. The reason I left this post in colour as I am sure the additional level of monochrome abstraction would be one step too many. Maybe I'll check that sometime.
All five shots Nikon D3, 85mm, f4.0, 1/50th sec, ISO 3200
A couple of additional photographs to depict progress. Kevin, authoritatively taking charge. Dave and Ken discussing their roles and finally Karen stage left where I tried to depict the isolation of the player, when the action is elsewhere on stage. Our stage isn't very large and so it is difficult to isolate, but getting the audience to suspend belief is part of the job of the players and director. Left Nikon D3, 85mm, f1.4, 1/400th sec, ISO 3200. Shot right Nikon D3, 85mm, f2.5, 1/160th sec, ISO 3200. Shot below Nikon D200, 18 - 2--mm set at 48mm (72mm equivalent), f5.0, 1/50th sec, ISO 2500.