Naatak Indian Theater’s sixtieth production, an adaptation of the classic black comedic film “Arsenic and Old Lace,” opened yesterday and will run through November 19, 2017. If you live in or will be visiting the San Francisco Bay Area during this show’s run, I highly recommend your attending a performance. For more information or to order tickets, visit: Naatak Arsenic and Old Lace.
I had the privilege of shooting the tech rehearsal and one of the first performances. Today’s post shares some of my favorite images from both the tech rehearsal and the performance. I will refrain from providing commentary on the action in each image, so as not to spoil the narrative. I will, however, provide a few technical tips regarding how the images were made.
For the most dramatic images, choose your depth-of-field carefully. In this shot, I wanted the character in the foreground to be tack-sharp while the background character was still mostly in focus, so I selected a medium sized aperture in order to render a moderate depth-of-field.
Just because you’re documenting a live performance doesn’t mean you can’t render the images artistically. I framed this dramatic moment to include lots of negative space around the actors, and in post-processing I lowered the black-point so as to surround the action with a completely black background.
Highlighting the little elements can make for pleasing images. I used a medium focal length (85mm) portrait lens to capture this image of an eccentric character, cropping it to allow the windows to provide a frame-within-a-frame.
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