3 Jul 2008

Reaching in to the dark

Author: will | Filed under: 2008, Cork City, Cork Midsummer Festival, overheard, photo, photo editing, play, theatre

“So when are you going to upload those photos?”
John, the stage manager wanted to know.

“I’ve uploaded the first lot, Well there is a bit of editing to do, and I’m getting home late, and I’ve an exam…”
“So you’re lazy?”

Well now with the exam over (this morning) and a bit of time, I’ve finished editing the 230 photos from my second night of stewarding Corcadorca‘s production of “The Hairy Ape” by Eugene O’Neill.

The delay is caused by the photos themselves, and the fact that I try to take them circumspectly during the show. The first lot has blurring problems. The easiest way to fix this is to reduce the shutter speed… but I’m taking photographs in low light. Reducing the shutter speed simply makes things darker.

So I have to increase the gamma levels on each photograph. And yes, I love the gimp right now.

Which means you can take photograph files like this…

and turn them in to something like this…

or even better.
this dark and hidden photo…

can turn in to this
where you can make out the faces of Peter Gowen (seated at the bottom) who plays “Yank”, Hector Harkness (standing) who plays “Long” and Will O’Connell (seated on the top with the bare feet) who plays “Stoker”.

Here you can clearly see Frank O’Sullivan, who plays “Paddy” when he was an indistinct mass on the unedited photo. The main problem is, you need to edit every photograph to see if there is any salvageable data in there.

I know I would have simply deleted the “empty” shots before now.


take care,
and take a shot of the dark.
Will Knott

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4 Responses to “Reaching in to the dark”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    In my ignorance I would have deleted the lot.

  2. will Says:

    I’ve tried this setting a lot of times. But it produces dark pictures. So i tried brightening them…

    I too would have deleted them, but given the sheer number of near black shots, I gave it a try… and it worked.
    you do end up with “grainy” shots, but then it looks like a lot of newspaper shots, which suits many “off the cuff” shots very well.

  3. Joe Says:

    I think this style grows on you will – when I clicked through to the pix.ie I found this one with the lens effect http://pix.ie/willknott/575143 if you took your dark style with the lens there could be some pictorial mixing done.. I think for the human form black with tones through show expression and movement beautifully.

  4. geraldine Says:

    Excellent – and thanks for pointing me towards the Gimp!

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