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The MAC Grand Opening

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by GaryAyala, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Whitney High School orchestrates a Grand Opening for its new MAC (Multi-Media Activity Center). This was an evening of music, song and dance.

    #1
    GRAB0126.
    OM-D w/ P35-100 @ 100mm, 1/90, f/2.8, ISO 1600

    #2
    GRAA0476-L.
    OM-D w/ P35-100 @ 100mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 1600

    #3
    GRAA0720-XL.
    OM-D w/ P35-100 @ 100mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 1600

    #4
    GRAA0146.
    OM-D w/ O12mm, 1/125, f/2, ISO 1600

    #5
    GRAA0690.
    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 14mm, 1/125, f/4, ISO 1600

    #6
    GRAA0269.
    OM-D w/ P7-14 @ 7mm, 1/60, f/4, ISO 1600

    More Here: The MAC

    Gary
     
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  2. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Nice Gary.

    Thanks.
     
  3. twalker294

    twalker294 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    543
    Aug 18, 2010
    What fantastic shots. I really wish people would stop posting pics from the 35-100. It's all I can do to resist buying one even though I can't afford it right now ;-)
     
  4. TDP

    TDP Guest

    that last shot is awesome
     
  5. spinyman

    spinyman Mu-43 Top Veteran

    603
    Nov 19, 2010
    San Diego
    It looks like a great night,you covered it well.Like these plus 9 and 12.
     
  6. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thanks for the compliment.

    GRAA0114.
    OM-D w/ O12mm, 1/125, f/2.8, ISO 1600

    Gary
     
  7. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    LOL, Okay, here's one with the P7-14 @ 7mm

    GRAA0278.

    Gary
     
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thanks, I was trying to show some of the theatre.

    GRAA0573-M.

    Gary
     
  9. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thanks for checking out the website. I tossed a ton of them up for the kids. (If it was just for me I would have whittled the mess down to about 20 images.)

    GRAA0535.

    Gary
     
  10. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Very nice, #2 is so good as is #5...I really enjoyed both of those in particular. For me those 2 images really demonstrate a skill that I really admire in your work Gary and that is your ability to make a wonderful image USING so much darkness.

    When you post such images they each serve as a less
     
  11. Livnius

    Livnius Super Moderator

    Jul 7, 2011
    Melbourne. Australia
    Joe
    Very nice, #2 is so good as is #5...I really enjoyed both of those in particular. For me those 2 images demonstrate a skill that I really admire in much of your work Gary and that is your ability to make a wonderful image USING SO MUCH darkness.

    When you post such images they each serve to demonstrate a very important skill that I hope to learn to the point it comes naturally...when looking for the light (something which is drummed into us newbies mercilessly) ...that it pays to look at the darkness and shadow.

    Thanks Gary.
     
  12. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Agree on the use of darkness/exposure to make his subjects pop. Number #2 is obviously good, but #5 is special because it grabs you and pulls you in. That distant bit of light and color.

    Mr. Ayala has some special skills and a well developed and experienced eye for some unique compositions.
     
  13. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thanks Joe. In general, (nothing to do #2 and #5), most photogs look at the reflected light, the image/subject in the viewfinder. There are times when it is helpful to focus on just the light, the pure light before it reflects off your subject. See the angle (direction), the quality (harsh/soft), the color then think about what happens to the light if you move.

    In the evening, around the golden hour when the light is at a low angle, find a large water fountain (in a park usually) then slowly walk around the fountain, concentrate of the water droplets and focus on how you merely walking around the fountain effects the droplets.

    GRAA0435.

    Gary
     
  14. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Thank you RoadTraveler. I was looking at a few things in that image. As this is a new theatre, I was attempting to give a feel for the theatre without the distraction of all the bodies. As this is a high school performance, I try to put myself in the shoes of the performer ... and I'm thinking that if it was me on stage I'd be thinking "... gawd, look at all those people." I sorta tried to project that feeling by showing how small the performer must feel. Thirdly, I just thought it was an unusual shot to go wide (as you stated a "unique composition"). Again, thank you for the compliments, you are very kind.

    Gary

    GRAA0245-XL.
     
  15. RoadTraveler

    RoadTraveler Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 23, 2012
    Welcome sir.

    You had a focus and idea about what the performer and their possible thoughts and how you wanted to share that...and were actually able to hit your target. :smile:
     
  16. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    The shot wasn't quite what I wanted.


    This is more of the feel I wanted (from other WHS performances different years):

    IMG_5215-XL.

    A sense of loneliness, just you, nowhere to hide ...

    2CBL5050-XL.

    But for that night it worked. BTW (BTW = not that you care but ...) - The singers were Whitney alumni,

    GRAB0312-L.
    Emy Baysic - Miss Saigon - Broadway Production

    GRAA0687.
    Tiffany, graduated last year and is presently studying music in Chicago. A distinct voice, a deeply penetrating voice with a touch of country tang.

    Gary
     
  17. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Bob
    Great set! :bravo-009: