My evening as a member of the Paparazzi was a success. I had one of my photographs published and as a bonus the Fraserburgh Herald printed most of my write up of the 'The Night The Light Went Out' Halloween event at the Lighthouse museum.
I like Rod Wheelan. I have to explain. Rod Wheelan was the judge of the last club competition and for the first time one of my images came in the top three. So I like Rod Wheelan and his impeccable ability to see a good photograph. My other two entries did all right as well. Here they are:-
You can see the other winning entries on the Competition page
This is the title of the parade, organised by Theatre Modo, that wound its way through the streets of Fraserburgh on Friday night. I was there as a volunteer photographer for Theatre Modo. I was joined by one other club member, Norman Robertson, three members of Peterhead Camera Club and a couple of other local people. We were given orange hi-viz vests so we could have access to all areas. Another of our club members, Stuart Fenty was there as a steward and had a yellow hi-viz vest.
So we took photographs of the 600 young people getting ready, of the parade itself and the crowds watching and of the fireworks at the end.
There are a couple of things to take away from the night.
Hi-viz vests can ruin photographs.
Not the one I was wearing but all the others that were around. The other photographers, although there weren't that many, the stewards, and there were a lot of them, the police, the Red Cross attendants and I am sure other categories of volunteers helpers and officialdom that were all necessary to the smooth running of the event.
The problem with the vests was the luminous strips they had on the front and back. The seemed to suck all the light out of the photograph and keep it to themselves and steel the show. In reality the camera was adjusting exposure to the brightest part of the scene and therefore underexposing the rest. Here are some examples.
There may be an in camera solution but I couldn't find it so I had to resort to cropping and cloning in Photoshop to put things right.
Night scenes without flash can be effective
Most of the pictures I took used the on camera flash and this produced some good results however I did take some without flash and these produced a more atmospheric image. You will see this in the gallery below.
Taking Firework Picture
This was, for me the most unsuccessful part of the whole event. I was too close to the action. Where I was was great for the spectators but a nightmare for taking pictures. I found it difficult to get everything in the frame. The brightness of the fireworks and their closeness caused chronic overexposure. I read on a blog the day before that ISO had to be high 800 at least. If you read this advice ignore it. An ISO of 100 is what is needed. You will be taking long exposures and fireworks are bright there is no need to up the sensitivity of your censor. The other thing to bare in mind is that a firework display is not a long event, unless its an Olympic games opening or closing ceremony, you will have litte time to alter camera settings and no time at all to change you position. Here are some failures! A couple of half decent ones are in the gallery below.
It was all about getting the event on record, of trying to capture the enthusiasm of the participants, and sometimes the effort and concentration that they required. It was about the people of Fraserburgh, those in thwe parade, those helping and those watching having a good time. Hopefully I have captured some of that. See for yourself in the gallery bellow.
And in time honoured fashion some of the other images I have taken during the week
I'm Mike, I am the (Self appointed!) web master for Fraserburgh Photographic Society (FPS). I started taking photography seriously a couple of years ago and joined Fraserburgh Photographic Society