Friday, 24 October 2014

Kings Lynn on a windy night in October

Another shoot around Kings Lynn at night.

Kings Lynn has a lot to offer when it comes to photography, especially old buildings and narrow streets.

That's what I was going for on this night.

It was a windy and wet day though which is never good for long exposures as you watch the camera shake around on the tripod during a 20 second shot.

So each shot took a couple of takes waiting for the wind to take a break.

I used small apertures, around f/11 to f/14 to achieve starbursts from the street lights.

In hindsight I should of shaded the lens a little more with my hands to prevent lens flare, however I had my hands in my pockets as they were cold....I've got to look after number 1 after all.

Black and white, as per usual was the way to go.

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Great Yarmouth Hippodrome Circus

Long time no see!

Here's the final instalment of what we got up to when we had a few days off.

Laura and I have been talking about going to the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth for years, so this time during our stay in Yarmouth we went.

The building itself was completed in 1903 and has been used as circus ever since but also at times is used as a theatre, cinema and during the war it was a shooting range (I do hope they were blind folded).

We went to the 2pm showing and it was pretty awesome with all sorts of entertainment from acrobatics, motorcycles, slapstick and swimming amongst contraptions of all varieties being used including a revolving ???thingy???.

During such performances lighting is sparse, usually the stage is dark and is lit only by spotlights. So available light for photography is poor but if your clever the spotlights can be a photographers best friend; the subject stands out from the dark background.

I used my favourite combination of equipment on this day; my 5Dmkiii and Sigma 70-200. High ISO; mostly ISO1600 and large apertures; f/2.8 and f/4 where used to gather as much light as possible. It was a real balance of settings in order to let in light but still get sharp hand held shots in the dark.


If your ever in their neck of the woods I thoroughly recommend catching a show. Well worth the money.

Lots of blogs coming up soon as I've been a very busy boy.

Loving photography right now.