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July 28, 2008 - Bill Ackerbauer
Shooting photos in low-light situations is not my strong suit. The other night I took photos at the Mettawee River Theatre Co.'s performance of "Nanabozho," and only two of the thirty I snapped ended up being worth considering for publication (See photos at right).
I wish I knew more about the technical aspects of taking pictures in unusual light conditions. I didn't want to use the flash that night, because it might distract the performers and annoy the audience. I ended up trying to brace the camera against the trunks of the black walnut trees to keep it steady, but that only helped a little.
At any rate, if you were there on Thursday night (and you survived the mosquitos), you know the show was excellent. The story, along with the masks, costumes, choreography and music, combined to make a colorful, entertaining and thought-provoking experience. Too bad the group comes to our area only once a year on its summer tour.
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