It is my second time covering the Vancouver Cantonese Opera performance at the Michael J. Fox Theatre in Burnaby, British Columbia. The difference this time is that I wanted to shoot solely with my Fujifilm gear for this assignment. So I carried the Fujifilm X100S, X-T1 with 35mm, 55-200mm lenses and a bag of batteries. One of my key goals is to find out how the X-T1 autofocus responding in low light situation and accuracy. Especially the face detection feature. The x100s and X-T1 with 35mm are mainly covering the backstage and makeup activities.
Applying makeup for a Cantonese opera usually takes a long and specialized process of 2 to 3 hours. The “white and red face” is one of the most common styles. This style is created by applying white foundation and a red color around the eyes that fades to the bottom of the cheeks. It is one of the fundamental skills that the performers have to learn and practice. I enjoy shooting this kind of activity in order to capture the different moments.
Every character has a specific costume that corresponds to the theme of the play and their role. This play reflects a time of war and involves a bit of romance. While shooting the play, I realized the intricate details that were put into the costumes by the costume designers.
Working with manual focus is natural to me, so I leave the X100S on manual focus all time. Regarding the X-T1, it works perfectly fine at the backstage and front stage with autofocus all time. I toggle the face detection on and off frequently, and it would be great if the information embedded into the RAW file could indicate whether or not face detection was applied.