Christmas Pageant

Well –I do remember saying in one of my posts that I was going to try to post everyday–oh well–I already have broken that vow.  Not even going to make New Year’s reservations.  I have been very busy –but not too busy to blog–ok, going to admit it–just lazy.

Recently we had our Children’s Christmas Pageant at Calvary Chapel South in Kent, Washington.  Every year there is a pageant and it is a musical and quite well done.  I love to watch the kids perform and am amazed at how professional they are.  I took my 70-200mm f/2.8  lens as well as my 50mm to photograph it.  I knew it would be low light and actually questionable light.  There were yellow gels on the stage lights which really gave me fits in processing.  This is a good time to know the digital color spectrum to counter the yellow–it is not like the regular color spectrum one might mix paints by.

I loved the challenge and was very pleased to know that I have improved  a lot in shooting in low light situations and also getting groups into focus.  My camera does ok with the higher ISO and I have a good noise reduction program, so many of my 600+ photos turned out quite nicely.  I struggled mostly with the color correction as you can see below.  Saving for the Nikon D700 which does well in low light/high ISO situations.  “Arrest Ye Merry Gentlemen” a story of an over zealous police officer who did not care for the commotion going on in the town of Bethlehem surrounding the birth of the babe in the manger.

Shepherds

One of the many musical numbers by the shepherds.

This was the last performance in two days and the players were tired. Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the Angel Gabriel.

The little show stealer.

You can see the yellow on the faces of the children.  Such uneven lighting gave me problems with bright lights in the front and darker lighting in the back.

Could not tone down the yellow without altering the overall color.  This little girl was so angelic looking. This little one peeked around Mary and baby Jesus to look at me taking pictures–I waved to her and she waved back.  Sooo cute!Ok–getting really tired here–towards the end of the second performance in a row–with a half hour break in between shows.The star of the show does a monologue –“thirty years later” . . . . .

I had so much fun photographing these kids and enjoying the play.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and many blessing in the New Year!  No telling if I will  post again before or after Christmas or maybe the New Year–seeing my track record so far.  Have a great time with your friends and families.  Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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