April, 2012

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Sport: Oxford v Cambridge Varsity Rugby 2012

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

On the day I made these images of the Oxford Women’s Rugby team I had originally intended to photograph some of the varsity trampolining but sometimes things don’t go to plan when photography is involved. To freeze fast movement such as trampolining you need lots of light for photography so that you can use a fast shutter speed. The lighting in the main hall at the Iffley Road sports centre wasn’t bright enough for the film I was using so I took along a couple of flashes to give me the extra light I needed. I was aware that the flashes might be distracting so I planned on only using them during the warm up session before the actual competition started but I only managed to fire the flash once to test it before I was told that it was too dangerous, hence no pictures for me. What a shame.

That led me to venture out to the women’s rugby which was quite exciting although the Oxford second team got beaten by Cambridge by quite a large margin (I’ll post those shots when I can find them). The images below are the of the first time (I think) who played later in the day. It was a great atmosphere at the end of the day as the sun was setting and the cup got passed around. A little earlier I tried to get some shots of the women’s hockey team but there wasn’t enough time before the match started. Hopefully another time I’ll get another chance.

Thanks go to Simon Griffin at the sports centre for his help and support with my photography throughout the varsity competition. I’m hoping to carry on with more photography of the sports men and women that use the facility in the future.

[Tech info:] Mamiya RZ67 camera and 110mm lens loaded with Kodak Tri-X 400 film, processed in Kodak HC110 dilution b (1:31) by me.

A proud smile says it all

Cup winners

On the run


Drinks on sale

This guy was on the field to congratulate the winners. I missed the men's match earlier.

On my cycle ride home I passed this gentleman on Meadow Lane so I stopped him for a portrait. He seemed surprised but was very gracious to agree.

Oxford: Balliol Ball 2012 part 6

Sunday, April 1st, 2012

Here’s another batch of images from the Balliol college ball that I attended a few weeks ago. The images are very grainy due to the expired film I was using. I’m not sure of the expiry date of this film, it came in a batch of different films that I bought as a job lot. Despite the grain I like how these images have turned out, they capture the mood of the evening which was people having fun.

Some exciting news related to my Balliol ball photography is that a couple I photographed that evening liked my photography so much that they’ve booked me to photograph their wedding next year and I’m going to be doing it on film! It’s not obvious from this blog but I do photograph weddings as well as doing other photographic commissions and I’m really glad they emailed me to enquire about it. Here’s a little extract from the lovely email I received “…have been looking at the websites of wedding photographers around Oxford, and we haven’t found a single one whose work we like as much as the photographs on your blog.”

[Tech info:] Mamiya C330f camera and 80mm lens on expired Ilford Delta 3200 film, processed in Kodak HC110 dilution B (1:31).

Backlit in the live music marquee

Hai Lin and friend

Outside the live acts marquee

I really like the moment I've captured here, especially with the guy laughing next to the very serious guy next to him

Outisde the live acts marquee

I asked these girls to follow me all the way to the side entrance of the college just so we could use the light in the archway. It worked out well.