The House of Dancing Water with Fujifilm Finepix X100

Early this week, I went to see The House of Dancing Water at City of Dreams resort in Macau. This spectacular show was said to have cost almost US$250 million and took 5 years of planning and 2 years of rehearsal. The theme of the show obviously circles around water. The centre of the stage consist of a pool and is 160ft in diameter and 26 feet deep. 5 times the size of an Olympic size swimming pool.

The tickets are not cheap, but it is well worth seeing. The visual impact are simply stunning. Photography is allowed in the show, so long as you don’t use flash. I did not take any DSLR and telephoto lens with me to the show. I only took my little Fujiflim X100 with me this time. However, as most of the show was about seeing the visual effect of the whole scene rather than focusing on just one performer, the X100 with the fixed prime lens worked quite well. The X100 also did exceptionally well in low light with high ISO. I left the camera in auto ISO mode and the camera shot all photos in ISO 3200. I don’t think even my Canon EOS 5D Mark II would have done much better.

All photos were shot in RAW and processed with Capture One Pro and Photoshop CS5.

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6 thoughts on “The House of Dancing Water with Fujifilm Finepix X100

    • House of Dancing Water is a really dark show as far as lighting is concerned. So you’ll need high ISO and a fast lens with large aperture. Your 600D should be OK for high ISO, but you kit lens is a slow lens and won’t really be ideal.

      Don’t expect too much and just enjoy the show. As for camera settings, use shutter priority and set shutter speed at least 1/200 or faster. Set auto ISO or simply just set ISO 6400, you’ll need it.

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