On a bright and sunny Tuesday morning the new freeFall theatre company of St. Petersburg, Florida had its ribbon cutting on the front lawn with assistance from St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster. As you can see by the direction of the shadows, I had to shoot almost directly into the sun, which of course meant having to definitely use manual settings to insure the exposure was long enough to be able to see some details amongst the group and try not to just totally blow out the sky. Using my Nikon SB-800 Speedlight as fill flash, I was able to produces a satisfactory exposure.
Before having to deal with too much light, I had to deal with far too little light inside the darkened theatre itself. The purple hues are due to the colored lights being used to light Mayor Bill Foster and the packed stands of attendees. This was not a situation where flash was allowed so that meant cranking the ISO up to 1600, setting the aperture to f/2.8 and using a steady a shooting stance as I could in the crowded conditions as I let shutter speeds dip to as low as 1/40th of a second making sure to shoot when the mayor froze his stance, otherwise even just a slow walk would lead to a blurred image at 1/40th of a second.
Several people spoke and had the crowd quite energized. I was ready to see a full performance! We were treated to a small performance showcasing the current, impressive cast of The Frogs. Long ago when I was a USF student there was a brief period where I frequented a number of Tampa playhouses. I would like to again, but it seems ticket prices have gone up significantly since the 90s!
It is certainly not often one shoots in such extremely different light conditions in a span of five minutes. That is just part of being a professional photographer, being able to adapt to wildly varying shooting environments in minimal time with the ability to produce consistent results regardless. Lots of shooting experience in lots of situations gives one the confidence necessary to do this.