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Oxford Union Society Summer Ball 2012 gallery

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Here are some images from the Oxford Union Ball 2012 that I photographed earlier this month. I was fortunate enough to be granted permission the day before the ball and for the first time among a really wet spell of weather we had some gorgeous evening summer light. All of these images are from my digital camera, the shots I made on film will follow as soon as I have time to scan them. I’ve processed all of the films and the shots on the negatives look great.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 camera with 50/f1.4 lens.

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Oxford: Keble College Ball 2012 gallery

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Here’s the full gallery of my portraits from the Keble College Ball 2012.

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Oxford: Lincoln College Ball 2012 part 6

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Here’s the 6th batch of images from the Lincoln College Ball 2012. More to come.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 with on camera flash (SB800) for some and ambient light only for others.

Guests at the Lincoln College Ball 2012.

Oxford: Keble College Ball 2012 part 4

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Here’s part 4 of my images from the Keble College Ball last weekend. I’m enjoying going through these images and remembering all of the different people I spoke to and photographed on the night. I had a lot of fun, as did the guests. More images to come.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 with either a 35/f2, 100/f2.8 series E or a Zeiss 50/f1.4 lens. Those are the lenses I took with me and I changed them up throughout the evening.

Guests having fun.


Oxford: Lincoln College Ball 2012 part 5

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

The weather for the Lincoln Ball was less than ideal so the indoor venues were quite full of guests. I did my best to get into some space to photograph them as well as I could. With the lack of any useable ambient light I was using straight flash. These images have a kind of paparazzi look to them. I’m desperately trying to find some spare time to scan in the rest of the film I shot at the Lincoln Ball but I can’t manage it at the moment. Something to look forward to… 🙂

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 digital with a Zeiss ZF 50/f1.4 manual lens.

Lincoln Ball guests

Oxford: Keble College Ball 2012 part 1

Monday, May 7th, 2012

The Keble College Ball was the biggest college ball that I’ve attended so far and I really enjoyed it. When I first heard that around 1,850 guests were expected it didn’t quite register in my mind what that would actually look like but when I saw the guests queuing up around the edge of the main quad at Keble waiting to come into the ball it was quite a sight. Fortunately it didn’t rain at all on the night but the temperature outside was quite chilly. It’s a shame we didn’t have more summery weather because I think the cold temperature forced a lot of people to stay in the warmth of the marquees or the college buildings which were difficult to photograph in because they were so packed. I saw so many people that I would like to photograph again with some of my old film cameras so if you’re in any of these pictures below and you’d like a test shoot together please get in touch.

This is the first batch of images from the ball. I have a lot of images to sort through but I’ll try to post new batches as soon as I can. Lots of the guests asked where they could see the pictures. I’ll post as many as I can here but I’ll put a gallery together of everything in case anyone wants to order prints. I still have lots more images from Lincoln to post so expect plenty of updates.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 with Zeiss 50mm/f1.4 lens.

There were lots of photogenic guests in attendance.

Oxford: Lincoln College Ball 2012 part 2

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Here’s the second instalment of images from the Lincoln College Ball 2012. A few tidbits of info – all of these images were made using the available light except for the second image down on the left for which I had to use the pop-up flash on my digital camera (which never gets much use)  because the bar staff in the picture were completely backlit. The third image down on the right was made looking through a window. I’m not sure what was going on in that room but it looked like everyone was having a good time. I couldn’t get in because of the queues. The image in the bottom right hand corner was made while I was standing in pouring rain, umbrella in one hand, camera in the other. The light is coming from an outside miniature street lamp to the right.

This evening I processed some of the black & white film I shot at the ball and I’m excited to get around to scanning and posting those. So many images, so little time…

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 digital camera with Zeiss 50mm/f1.4 lens (wide open).

guests at the Lincoln College ball 2012 in Oxford

Even the rain couldn't dampen the spirits.

Oxford: Lincoln College Ball 2012 part 1

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Last night I was fortunate enough to be given permission to photograph at the Lincoln College Ball here in Oxford (thank you Rachel Savage). Despite the cold howling wind and rain I think a good time was had by all. I enjoyed it but due to the weather there wasn’t much opportunity for outdoor photography which meant doing lots of flash photography (not my favourite) or trying to make use of what little ambient light I could find. As a photographer we work with what we have in any given situation and I enjoyed the challenge even if it was so dark that I could hardly tell whether my subjects were in focus most of the time. In the top two shots below you can see the rain dripping down from the edge of the marquee.

There was a great diversity of outfits being worn last night and I couldn’t help noticing so many photogenic people that I’d love to have the opportunity to photograph again in a less busier setting. Please get in touch if you like my photography and would like to do a test shoot with film and old cameras.

Below is a little taster of some of the images I captured during the evening. These are all from my digital camera, the film shots will follow on later once I’ve processed and scanned the film. I ended up using my digital camera more than I would have liked simply because the light levels were so low and it’s handy to see a preview when using flash. All of the images below were made without any flash, I searched for the places with the best ambient light and waited for willing subjects. More to come.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 with Zeiss 50mm/f1.4 lens (used wide open).

students at the lincoln college ball in oxford

A fun time was had by all.

Oxford: rain stopped play

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

This image just about sums up the weather this week – a total wash out. We’ve had a lot of rain and more is on the way. I didn’t want to let the rain put a dampener on my lunch time photography session so I decided to go out with a digital camera today because it’s weather proofed.

[Tech info:] Nikon D700 digital camera loaded with a compact flash card. Processed in Adobe Lightroom 4.

A girl standing in the rain holding an umbrella

Rain check

Oxford: Street style

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011


Sometimes you’ll find a lot of contrast between people on the streets of Oxford. These three images illustrate that quite well. During my lunch hours when I’m in town looking for visually interesting people to photograph there tends to be three category’s that the majority of people fall into; students, people that work in the city and tourists. It’s the summer holidays for Oxford university students at the moment and the city centre is overflowing with tourists. Hopefully there will be lots more street style to be found during the rest of this summer.

A well dressed tourist

A well dressed tourist

A cool looking student

A cool looking student

hip looking student

Very street