Pa’i ki’i Imagery

January 10, 2011

Narcissus Queen Pageant

Saturday night I attended the Narcissus Queen Pageant at Hawaii Theatre Center close by Chinatown in Honolulu.  It’s a beautiful old restored theater.  To quote from the website

Proclaimed as the "Pride of the Pacific," the beautiful Hawaii Theatre, built by the Consolidated Amusement Company, opened its doors September 6, 1922 in downtown Honolulu. The Hawaii Theatre operated as a showplace for vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films until it fell into disrepair and the land lease was abandoned by Consolidated in 1984.
In 1986, the Hawaii Theatre Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation was formed to save the Hawaii Theatre from the wrecking ball and in May 1996, the Hawaii Theatre reopened its doors as a 1400-seat, multi-purpose, state-of-the art performance center.
The Hawaii Theatre was recognized as the ‘Outstanding Historic Theatre in America’ in 2005 by the League of Historic American Theatres and, in 2006, was awarded an Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Hawaii Theatre is available for all of Hawaii to enjoy.

Portions of the pageant didn’t allow for flash photography and I had to use a high ISO, slow shutter speed, and a wide open aperture.  My 24-105 lens is okay but it’s what I used with my Minolta Maxxum 7 film camera. With the smaller size sensor on the a700 at max zoom the images get soft. Plus I don’t want to push the ISO too high because noise detracts from the image.

Here’s an image during the talent phase taken from the balcony.  I used spot metering 1/60sec at f4.5

Narcissus Queen Pageant 2011


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