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Sound Stage

I was recently asked to photograph Centrepointe Theatre’s new sound system.

I am a volunteer at Centrepointe on the stage crew, primarily as a lighting operator, but other things as well. The Supervisor of Production Services (Matt) asked if I would come and make a few images of the new setup. It’s a major update for the theatre, the same speakers had been there for 25 years. These new arrays are just awesome. During the shoot, I put on some of my favourite tunes to listen to. Amazing. I heard stuff in the mix I’d never heard before. What’s more, its very high tech. Everywhere in the theatre sounds the same and at the same volume, whether you are in the front row, back row, left or right side of the stage. It all sounds equal and great.

So it was a fun shoot.

Matt is a sound guy, and gave a tour of the system and what it can do. I’m more of a lighting guy, but I have a greater appreciation of the sound end of things.

And I have to give kudos to Scottie, who did the the lighting on stage and did some extra lights on the speaker arras to make them glow a little bit more.

All shots are with the Fuji X-T1 and the Fujinon 10-24 f4 lens.

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All that Jazz

Last week was busy. Actually, busy is an understatement.

As I do each year for the past five years, I was a member of the volunteer stage crew for the Ottawa JazzFest. This year I was the stage coordinator for the lunch time show on the second stage, and was either helping with coordinating the same stage for the early show, or running lights. Either way, it was early starts and very late nights.

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Highlights included running lights for Elliot Brood, and watching Colin James and Aretha Franklin from the monitor board.

This year I was able to unload the trucks, hang lights, and finish with the loading of the trucks to take all the stage gear away until next year.

This year I made the effort to document some of the shows and setups. I brought my Fuji X-PRo1 and 35mm each day, and if I had the time (which wasn’t as often as I’d hoped) I shot a few frames. Here I put a few of my favourites. The full set is available on my Flickr page. It was an exhausting week, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.

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