Posts Tagged ‘ music ’

Canon 5D and 7D for video.

I have recently done my first video work with the Canon 5D. Video has become a massive growth area for Canon and their range of cameras. Colleagues and clients have been waxing lyrically about the capabilities of the 5D and 7D, and after using the 5D and seeing the results, I couldn’t agree more. The quality is fantastic and the cameras are very easy to use. I was pleased to be able to help out my good friends Simon McComb and Chris Whitehead on a short video for The Macmillian Trust. Simon directed, filmed and edited, and Chris produced for the project. I helped out with the filming along with Robin from the Pro Centre and another friend of Chris’s called Ian. I mounted the 5D on a figrig and shot with lenses 85mm 1.2, 50mm 1.2 and the 35mm 1.4. The lenses proved to be the right choice although I could have done with a longer lens. We had to capture the atmosphere and fun of the Brick Lane Takeover, a music event in East London that was being sponsered by Macmillian. The figrig proved to be an inspired choice as it allowed a bit more freedom than a tripod. Basically the figrig is a steering wheel but it provides a solid base with which to film. The only drawback is its tricky to use follow focus with it. Still it did the job. The whole evening was a success, however it was quieter than we’d have liked due to a clash with the World Cup. Simon spend about three weeks editing the video and we are all pleased with the results. Here is the video and I hope you enjoy it.

Wychwood Festival 2010

I’ve just been to my first festival ! A bit late at my age but it was fantastic. I went to the Wychwood Festival in Cheltenham. It’s a kid friendly, rural and popular festival which doesn’t suffer from the crowds like Glastonbury. It’s very chilled and not at all commercial. I’ve heard from some festival goers that many of the other festival venues in the UK have become far too corporate and expensive. This was quite the opposite. Many of the activities were free especially for the kids and the music was excellent. We were treated to the Lightning Seeds, The Happy Mondays, The Levellers and many more first class acts. My favorite was a relatively new band called The Goldheart Assembly. Watch out for them, I’m sure they’ll get a huge fan base.
Here are a few of my favorite shoots from the festival although it was mostly a camera free weekend !

Photographing gigs

Photographing gigs is one of the hardest subjects I’ve ever had to photograph. You get to the venue, have three tracks and then you have to leave. I went to the O2 venue in London to photograph a well known band. Luckily I wasn’t there in a professional capacity, so the pressure wasn’t on. No deadlines, no sweat. Just a useful exercise. I’ve had 20 years experience of press calls, celebrities, royalty, sport etc but a live concert was a different kettle of fish ! The first track arrived when I realized I’d forgotten earplugs, a deafening noise, a huge crowd and the protagonists were backlit. Not only were they moving about but the lighting kept changing. Different exposure times, camera at the limit of ISO, struggling with shutter speed. Which lens to use ? The nightmare. Second track arrived and still I was having trouble with everything. Two tracks gone and no worthwhile images. Disaster. The last track that I was allowed to photograph arrived, far too quickly for my liking but luckily I’d managed to get myself slightly more composed. The lighting was better and I managed to get a few worthwhile frames. The buzz of photographing a live gig was immense and possibly one of the hardest events I’ve ever had to photograph. Give me a press call any day ! I really want to do it again though, as I found it highly enjoyable. These are a three of my favorite frames. Give it a go if you get half a chance.