One World Week – Carnival

So I was called to help out last minute, because the One World Week people needed photographers.

President of Warwick Illusion right after performing a paper-cutting illusion.

All things considered, it wasn’t one of the better conditions I’ve found myself having to take photos in. The event started proper at about 7pm in the evening, so it was dark. It was also surprisingly cold, so my fingers were almost too numb to feel the shutter release. There were floodlights, but they were quite small, and set to strobe throughout the performances, meaning that I was restricted to taking my photos in time with the strobing. Throw in the crowds milling around and jostling me while I was working, and all in all, it was a somewhat challenging evening.

Took a bit of repositioning and stretching to get the flag in the background where it is, but it was totally worth it.

For pretty much the entire evening, I was working with my 50mm 1.4. Eventually, I had settings floating around a 1/100s shutter speed, F/1.8, ISO 800. It probably helped that I was shooting in RAW as well, so I could bump the exposure around a bit after the fact. Because I also figured I needed to be moving around quite a bit as well, I used a monopod instead of a tripod. Glad I did – there probably wouldn’t have been enough space for a fully extended tripod anyway.

If I recall correctly, one of the dancers from the Carribean Dance Society.

 Of course, the problem with photographing performances at night is that the use of flash isn’t a good idea, since the last thing you want to do is distract the performers. In that sense, the floodlights were important if any photos were to be taken at all.

The Warwick Devils, our university's cheerleaders.

But if there’s one thing that darkness does help – it’s long exposures.

One day, someone is going to keep their body still for half a second when they're spinning fire, and it'll be awesome.

 It’s been busy, but hopefully I’ll have more up at some point. Until then, have a nice day. 😀

Happy New Year!

Those chairs are actually incapable of supporting a reasonably sized human being.

Just thought I’d just wish everyone a happy new year. So, happy 2012, everyone! Here’s hoping for a year of great light and awesome photos. I wasn’t in Central London to witness the fireworks close up, but it wouldn’t be much of a photography blog if I didn’t bring you at least -something-. So, here’s a token photo of the fireworks from my balcony with a 300mm Sigma. Enjoy, and once again, have a great 2012.

Oooooh. Aaaaaah.

Aurora Borealis – The Revengening

Merry Christmas – I’ve been busy (yet again), but Day 4 brought Aurora. Everywhaer.

There are actually faint red sections that were brought out when I messed with the curves. You can see it more clearly in the next photo.

Shot in RAW, the ground illuminated with a little light painting. All the photos I took were shot at the wider end of my 16-85mm, at the widest possible aperture, ISO 800 and a shutter speed of 30 seconds.

Car was lightpainted with a headtorch I borrowed.

Also, I’m switching back to the cornermark again, with a simpler mark.

Trying out a new cornermark. I've just realised it's a bit big, but it'll probably roughly look like that.

The Aurora Borealis

Standing in the ice and cold from 6pm to 2am, I thought they wouldn’t show up. But they did.

The photos I uploaded this time are 800×530, but WordPress won’t do more than 600×397 right now for some odd reason. I’ve included the direct links under each photo.

If you’re wondering, all of these appeared after 1am or so. The lens used was a 16-85mm at 16mm, F/3.5, at ISO 800 and an exposure time of 20″.

Although I’m fairly happy with the Lights last night, apparently they’re not as strong as they could be. I’ll be here for just under a week or so still. If they show up stronger, expect to see more Aurora photos from me.

I’ll be out there on a sled with reindeer tonight, so with a bit of luck, I’ll see some.