On March 23, 2010, I had the great pleasure to photograph the University of Ottawa Choir at St. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts and Humanities. The Centre is located on the corner of St. Patrick and Cumberland street in downtown Ottawa, and is attractively situated in a decommissioned Roman Catholic Church. On the agenda this evening was Choral Fantasy from Beethoven and Lobgesang from Mendelssohn. If you enjoy music culture and listening to Ottawa’s finest fill the air of cathedral style ceilings, then keep an eye and ear out for their events!
From a photography perspective, taking pictures inside churches with only ‘available light’ tends to be an inherently difficult task. Using flashes in most cases is prohibited, and from a professional regard, often impractical (due to distance issues) and undesirable (due to altering the natural ambiance, or distracting the main event). In this case I had the great fortune of their being a good presence of interior light, however, the sources of light themselves were mixed between tungsten and incandescent bulbs, so it takes a soft hand to keep the white balance properly set and exposed. Here’s a small sample of shots from the evening, which were taken at different specs, and move out from 24 mm to 400 mm. When shooting quietly from the balcony and behind the scene, a 400 mm camera lens makes all the difference in getting the shot – or not!
File Speed: ISO 2500 to 3200
Aperture: ƒ/2.8 to 5.6
Focal length: 24 mm to 400 mm
Shutter Speed: 1/60th to 1/125th of a second