Posted on June 30, 2012
The National Trust is client of mine and they cite Knole as being one of their most important and complete historic houses. They have launched a large project to secure its future and I took some pictures at their open evening in June.
Knole was Vita Sackville-West’s birthplace and the inspiration for Virginia Woolf’s Orlando. It contains furniture from the royal palaces, alongside textiles and silver. There will be extensive conservation work in progress when the house is closed during the winter months.
Posted on June 29, 2012
Something for the weekend…it’s panto season (oh no it’s not – that’s at Christmas). Anyway, promo and publicity shots were required for Pop Idol star Gareth Gates, punk legend Toyah Willcox and Faye Brookes heading the cast of Sleeping Beauty at the Marlowe Theatre Canterbury (which also includes Katrina Bryan, better known as Nina from the CBeebies series Nina and the Neurons. Completing the line-up is Kent-born comedian Lloyd Hollett as the Storyteller.
Technical stuff – baking hot sun from one side and grey skies on the other. I had to get the Marlowe signage and building in the shot so that meant using the sun as a backlight and a 500W head at full power (no modifiers, just a reflector). The battery pack on the Bowens just about kept up. The reason for doing it that way was (i) to avoid the actors squinting into the sun (ii) to have control over the contrast and highlights in the final image. Mostly shot using a Canon 24-105L plus a 70-200 2.8L.
Posted on June 23, 2012
Schools from across Kent battled it out at the finals held at The University of Kent (UKC) and Canterbury High School.
Posted on June 6, 2012
Ok, so I was meant to be off duty having shot a wedding in Canterbury and another one in Broadstairs over the weekend, but it didn’t do any harm to take half an hour out at our Jubilee street party for some photography. There’s more of these on Flickr but the small selection below shows that despite the odd bit of rain and the grey clouds, the party went on! It was really nice to shoot with just a 50mm 1.8 lens on a 1DIII body and no flash. Nothing was shot over 2.0-2.8 and the framing depended on using two legs rather than a zoom. It really worked getting in close as you’re able to talk to people, not pap them. This lens, one of Canon’s cheapest, is very good at nailing focus consistently, though not super fast. I use this in the end stages of wedding receptions as on the 1dIII it gives you 65mm which is a nice range. If you own a x 1.6 crop camera it’s a cheap way of getting an effective 80mm 1.8 prime.