Picture of the Week 49 – Devil


Canon EOS 5D ,Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM
1/80s f/4.0 at 27.0mm iso3200

This is from the final dress rehearsal of “A Beautiful Star”. The final dress rehearsal is usually my one chance to get all the images of a production I want, because in earlier rehearsals something is usually not quite ready (costumes, backdrops, special effects, lighting, etc.), and copyright restrictions often preclude photography at the performances. So, the pressure for me is on… 🙂

This shot is of Lucifer (the Devil) re-emerging from hell after having been thrown out of heaven. He has revenge in mind and wants to mess up God’s beautiful creation. His first victim, Eve, is in the background, and his means, the forbidden fruit, can also be seen.

So, it’s clear that to tell the story we need to see all the elements. A small change in my position or in the camera angle could have easily caused for example the apple to be blocked from view. Also, as I explained last week, knowing the play ahead of time is indispensable, because moments like these are all too fleeting.

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