Design of costumes and stage by Charles Cusick-Smith, Stage and Costume Designer.
I was honored with permission to take photos of Giselle ballet performance. I had been there on the premier of Giselle taking photos on the reception after the performance (Giselle – Stanislav’s debute), but never dreamed of being allowed to take photos of the actual performance. In coincidence of several conversations, I ended up getting permission to take photos of the performance. So this time I was right there by the corner of the stage.
Excited over the opportunity, I was afraid my 1 GB memory card would end up limiting me from taking all the photos I desired. So I hurried up to get a 4 GB card I had already had on my mind for a while.
I had suspected that the lighting on the stage might be somewhat low, but once the curtains opened and I started shooting photos, I sadly realized that the lighting was below my expectations. I had tried avoiding ISO800 and ISO1600 settings, which give grainy photos, but eventually ISO1600 sensitivity was used to get any photos at all.
While trying to come up with optimum camera settings I got scared to take photos as I was not sure how far the snap of my camera can be heard. As camera was right at my face, it seemed to me that the snap was loud enough to be heard over the audience at quiet moments. As I did not have anyone among the audience to ask whether I was actually distracting with the snaps, I remained cautious and only took the photos when orchestra played louder or audience was applauding.
▲ Rita Dolgihh & Hayley Blackburn
▼ Ilja Mironov
Hayley Blackburn ▲
▼ Hayley Blackburn & Antonio
▼ Hayley Blackburn ▲
Aim of the photographing was to get loads of photos of Antonio, as he sadly noted earlier during the day that he does not have any photos of the performance. Despite the aim, most of the nicer photos were of Hayley Blackburn – mostly for my fear of taking photos at the quiet moments.
Despite the complications and my fears, I was very pleased to have such an opportunity. Antonio has given substance for many of my last photos and hopefully there will be some more while he is kept in Tartu.