I recently shot a portrait of Darin Dahms for an advance the Tribune ran on his play, “The Player King.” The production is a one-man play written, directed and performed by Dahms about Edwin Booth, the brother of Lincoln assassin John Wilkes Booth. I used a pretty simple lighting setup: one Canon 580 EX fired through a shoot-through umbrella at about 1/32 power. Dialing the power down this low allowed me to mix in the ambient from the theater’s house lights. Since it was a one-man play I wanted to show Dahms alone on the stage in front of the theater’s seats. After the portrait, I shot a quick video interview with Dahms explaining the play.
I was pretty desperate for a feature on Thursday. We’ve had some unseasonably warm temperatures in South Bend as of late so I wanted to shoot some people out and about. Luckily my fellow button-pusher Robert Franklin mentioned that the local kayaking club was planning on taking to a stretch of river in downtown. Three members made runs down the river, and I got a few decent action shots of them hitting some waves along the way. One frame from that ran on the front page of Friday’s Tribune, but I liked this frame better as a sort of juxtapose. Hopefully I’ll get another feature out of them before fall, but I imagine I’ll have to avoid kayaking features for a few weeks now.
Indiana State Treasurer Richard Mourdock stopped in South Bend on Thursday to announce an endorsement from the Indiana Right to Life PAC. Mourdock is campaigning against fellow Republican and incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar in Indiana’s May primary. The winner of the primary will face U.S. Rep. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., in the general election.