Rockin’ The Car Park

The Farmer’s Boy in Brickendon staged a charity festival in their car park at the weekend. This was the third year that the public house have held the event, which features local bands, real ale and a hog roast.

The bands perform on the trailer of an articulated lorry, kitted out with rudimentary lighting, amps and monitors. Whilst the set-up allows for some good angles the lighting can be a bit tricky, especially towards the end of the day.

Another downside of the staging is that the backdrop can be quite ugly. No amount of bokeh is going to hide an unpleasant background so close behind a performer. However, this isn’t a problem with closely cropped shots such as the one below.

Opportunities to capture a whole band are also limited by the angles and staging, given the low height of the trailer.

Despite the limitations there are opportunities for plenty of good shots at such events, not to mention the great music.

Rockin’ The Car Park is held in aid of the NSCPP.

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Muscle Warriors Cricket Tournament

Another assignment for The Muscle Help Foundation this weekend just gone. The charity held a fundraising cricket tournament at Hertford Cricket Club, with a series of 6-a-side matches throughout the afternoon.

This was an interesting prospect for me as I don’t have a lot of experience photographing field sports. Not being the owner of a fast long lens of the sort normally associated with sports photography, I was going to be at the mercy of the elements when it came to lighting. A good light obviously allows a faster shutter speed at a reasonable film speed. This was particularly important as I was hoping to use a modest 200m lens (300m 35mm equivalent) and then crop the shots.

As it was, the light was kind to me and I was quite pleased with the results.

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Music & Motors

Once a year musicians and motorists join forces in Ware’s Tudor Square for an afternoon of acoustic music and classic cars.

The event offers plenty of photo opportunities, with both performers and cars making excellent subjects. Sadly, on this occasion the performance area did not offer good sightlines with engineers and officials hanging around in the background.  The cars however were a lot more accommodating.

When photographing cars I like to concentrate on design and detail. Features such as badges and  instrumentation make for good close-ups.

Shapes and lines also make for good studies, particularly front and rear ends, as well as lighting equipment.

The Cadillac pictured below has some particularly dramatic features.

Other focal points can include engines – especially if they’ve been kept looking their best, interiors and any period artefacts. Many proud owners will also dress up for the occasion.

And if it happens to rain you can always take advantage of the classic raindrops on paintwork theme!

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Rock At The Castle

Just finished post-production work on Rock At The Castle, Hertford’s annual open-air music festival. Despite a couple of showers the event was well attended and much enjoyed by everyone.

As well as live music on two stages, there was also plenty of food and drink, facepainting, clothes & jewellery, inflatable gladiator jousting and the ubiquitous bouncy castle.

Popular acts this year included the amazing human beatbox Dee Sharp and Juan Zelada, who’s current single Breakfast At Spitalfields was recently BBC Radio 2’s Record Of The Week.

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