Photo #1 was my favorite of the two photos I submitted. The young lady is playing a traditional Chinese Hammer Dulcimer. Behind her are the San Mateo/Foster City School Superintendent, two members of the SM/FC Board of Trustees, and the Mayor of Redwood City.
|Photo #5 - 1/500, F 5.6, ISO 800|
Lighting: I used forward and side directed bounce flash to boost the interior lighting levels. I used the Adorama Flashpoint Li-On speedlight in the manual mode, full output. The recessed skylight directly above the performers made it difficult to back-bounce, but when the speedlight was aimed camera left and bounced off of a wall, I was rewarded with soft lighting with a sense of direction, as you can see in Photo #5. One other point: You can actually see people beyond the back window.
The X-100S with the wide angle adapter did well on this assignment. I particularly liked the leaf shutter's ability of sync at speeds faster than the 1/180th of a second in the T-1 body. Still, the mirrorless cameras seem to be missing something that the Single Lens Reflexes have, which is the sense that you are look through the lens and not at a computer-generate simulation. I'm not sure that I'll ever really get used to it, but I'll keep trying.