Swan Lake

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 (23mm, f/2.8, 1/40 sec, ISO200)

I had the chance to go to the ballet in Manchester last night.  It didn’t take me long to use it as an excuse to take my camera along, and the choice of camera wasn’t hard.  The X100 was always going to be the one I took.  It’s small and easy to handle in the theatre, you’re not going to draw too much attention to yourself and the silent shutter would keep everyone around me happy.  I can imaging a fair few nasty looks if I’d taken a dSLR along with the shutter clacking away through the performance.

The only downside was that we were just a little too far from the stage to get only the stage into frame, as you can see below, I had to shoot these with a fair amount of a black border.  The camera (understandably) struggled in matrix metering with all the black around, so I switched it to spot metering and dialled in some -ve exposure compensation to keep those whites from blowing out.  The X100 is so easy to adjust on the hoof and meant I could correct it quickly frame by frame as I needed to, without having to take my eye from the viewfinder.  The other great thing was that when I did have my eye to the camera, I had the X100 in OVF mode, which meant I could watch the action live and not through an EVF representation.

I left the ISO control in auto and shot between f/2.8 and f/4 giving me a shutter speed of between 1/30 and 1/50th for most of the performance, which froze the dancers for the most part, or at least enough to not just have a blurred blob dancing in the frame!

Swan Lake

FUJIFILM FinePix X100 (23mm, f/4, 1/30 sec, ISO320)

An uncropped photo from the X100 – I had to use spot metering to adjust for the dark surroundings of the theatre.

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Matthew Maddock is a commercial photographer based in the Lake District, UK. Specialising in the hospitality and outdoor sports industry. He is a Fujifilm X-Photographer and Getty Images contributor. His portfolio can be viewed at memaddock.co.uk

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