cristjenlai
cristjenlai

Grutte Pier fan Kimswert



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Frozen_Time PRO+
 
Frozen_Time January 23, 2017
Very powerful image, do you know what this was in relation to? A funeral or some other type of grouping.
christinefernbank PRO
 
christinefernbank January 26, 2017
This is a really haunting image. What was the occasion?
djamesbarr
 
djamesbarr March 04, 2017
A picture tells a thousand words, this image speaks loudly so many ways... Brilliant capture!
DonnaLynnRoss
 
DonnaLynnRoss March 05, 2017
Interesting. Great opportunity to shoot and capture this wonderful photo. I love the distinction of the scenery and the people.
myriamverne-soury
 
myriamverne-soury March 05, 2017
Congratulations Cristjen !
Stunning image, powerful ! Story, contrasts, light, mood and composition ...
kasperlau
 
kasperlau March 07, 2017
Great photo and lovely composition.

Its' from an outdoor show in Netherlands, but i like how it still raises questions and people want to know more.

Super.
brianvandermerwe
 
brianvandermerwe April 15, 2017
It left me wondering about the story.
Witmar
 
Witmar June 04, 2017
wonderful picture
snappersean
 
snappersean June 04, 2017
Such a powerful photo.
KC15
 
KC15 June 21, 2017
Wow.
boblitchfield
 
boblitchfield November 09, 2017
A very well executed & thought provoking image, great control of DOF. The only issue I have with it is the car headlight which draws my eye.
FriezeFrameFotos
 
FriezeFrameFotos August 22, 2018
To me, this makes me think this capture is of indentured servitude.. the heavy rope connecting women from several generations.. speaks volumes... about their heavy burden. Brilliant work!
Katioucha
 
Katioucha September 20, 2018
Great work !

Behind The Lens

Location
The photo was taken in a small town in Netherlands called Kimswert. As a freelance theatre photographer, it was a pretty exciting project for me.
Time
This is probably one of the hardest yet interestingly challenged shoot of the entire project. On the third try-out of the show, I remember I walk on set after dinner around 7pm and as soon as the show starts the rain just kept pouring down. I have totally forgotten my waterproof casing for my camera but the show must go on, and I thought, I'm so screwed. Luckily I managed to find a plastic bag in my bag, then I just cover my camera with it and went on shooting.
Lighting
One of the biggest challenge of shooting outdoor theatre is definitely the lighting since I can't use flash. Summer in Netherlands is often very cloudy and rainy day make it even harder to get a good lighting. But with my fujifilm, it has never been a problem to shoot in low light. The lightweight design of the camera body and lens definitely helps to keep your hands from getting tired and maintain a steady grip.
Equipment
This was shot on a fujifilm x-e2 with 50-230 xc zoom lens. The theatre show cover over a 1000 square meters land, so tripod isn't an option. No flash were use.
Inspiration
It was a very interesting project that I started out as a volunteer for a theatre play which directed by boyfriend, Dirk. At the beginning he just asked me if I can help him to document something for his play while rehearsing and practice. Then it stretched out for months and I was slowly drawn into it and to be honest, what inspired me the most is the charisma between the choir and the story. It's based on a historical event, Grutte Pier fan Kimswert, a story of a warlord back in 1500.
Editing
Processing photo on digital form is still very new to me, also I'm a very old school guy, so I don't do much on the raw file normally. On top of that, the whole idea is to document the theatre play, so I tried to keep it as close as what I saw with my eyes on the event. All I have done were just some basic adjustments like, exposure, hightlight, shadow, vibrancy, etc.
In my camera bag
As a painter and photographer that been traveling for years, I always carry too much stuff in my bag. My priority is to keep my bag as light as possible, so I only travel with two lens which are, fujinon xf 18-55mm and xc50-230. Then extra batteries and a shutter release cable, that's it. Oh, and also my fujifilm x-e2
Feedback
To shoot outdoor theatre event in the evening till dark could be quite challenging when you're not allowed to use flash since it will disturb the casts; also is what make it harder is that you will have to run around like a madmen. So, it takes time to find out which camera and lenses suit you best, personally I would absolutely go for something light for both camera body and lenses, a light long zoom is my top choice because it can cover more land and wouldn't make my hand tired and shaky. Forget your prime lens, especially those required you to be close to your objects. Why is that? Because you should respect the play and the cast. Always remember that it's very rude to point the camera really up close to them during the play.

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