Feature Photograph

This week we’re going to have “feature photographs” instead of just one main image.  I was fortunate enough to be invited to photograph a performance at the Thailand Cultural Center as a Requiem in Memory of the Princess Galyani Vadhana.  I was one of only 3-4 photographers at the event, and the only farang photographer.

Thai Youth Choir and Orchestra

The orchestra and choir led by Phukom Srinarong and Pawasut Piriyapongrat (conductors) were superb!  This is a solemn event in remembrance of the Princess and everyone was dressed appropriately for the occasion, very respectful, and mindful of the correct decorum and manners.  BCanon ecause this was such a special event I decided to run a small sample from the performance to share with the readers.

Double bass section

I set up all the way in the rear and mostly used a 300mm F2.8 lens on a very sturdy tripod.  The light temperature used for such halls is tungsten or about 2800 degrees Kelvin.  At this distance it takes a really high end lens to reach the distance, allow enough light in a dim hall, and still resolve enough detail to provide a high quality image.  At 300mm there can be absolutely no shaking or vibration on the tripod so proper technique including the use of a remote shutter release is mandatory.

Solo Quartet

This kind of performance doesn’t have many different scenes as everyone stays in the same position and mostly moves their arms and hands to perform.  It’s easy to end up with hundreds of shots that all look alike, so it’s good to try to isolate different parts of the orchestra and choir so you have some variety.

Choral Master recieves bouquet from Princess

It’s also important to capture the few parts of the performance where individuals are receiving awards and notice.  I really enjoyed myself and look forward to being invited back in the future.

Conductor