In spare (!) time I work at a local movie theatre, as a manager/projectionist. The business is quite amazing, really. It is supported largely by community contributions, and it is more than just a theatre, it’s a community resource. Besides movies, it shows stage place thanks to a specialized system for lifting the screen, and is frequently used for community events and meetings. Awhile back I did a sort of photo essay of the Palace, which you can review here.
The latest renovation project was started in earnest today: upgrading the 12-year-old seats to more modern, comfortable seating. The first step, of course, is to empty the place of the old seats. It was a hard morning’s work, and I was able to get the managers of the Palace to take a moment to look upon what they’d already accomplished. It was a quiet moment of an uncharacteristic view of an auditorium – almost no seats!
Photographically, this shot is interesting to me in a few respects. The lighting is very uneven in this building, so I shot the entire series (of which this is only one, of course) with a combination of settings I’d never tried before. I set the camera on shutter priority and auto-ISO. I trusted my Canon to figure out, for each shot, what the aperture and ISO needed to be in order for me to get each shot exposed reasonably well while setting the shutter to the minimum speed necessary to get no motion blur (at 1/40, I was pushing it!)
It worked very well, and its a setting I will remember the next time I shoot a stage play rehearsal, another case where the lighting is extremely uneven. It took the worry of adjusting the settings for every new scene completely out of my hands, and let me focus on the composition.