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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: 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… ­čÖé

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

Lincoln Ball guests

Oxford: Lincoln College Ball 2012 part 4

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Here’s the 4th batch of images from the Lincoln College Ball 2012. These were all shot on film and there are plenty more to come. One of the many things I love about using film is the fact that it takes time to create the images. Sometimes well over a week or more has passed between me processing the film and scanning it and in that time I’ve often forgotten what was on the film in the first place. Take some of these shots for example. It’s not quite 7 days since I shot these images but as I was sorting through them just now there are at least a few frames that I don’t remember making so coming across them is not only a surprise but also a treat. I was aiming to post new images every day this week but I’ve been feeling unwell the past couple of days, sorry about that. Lots more to come from the Lincoln Ball (both film and digital) and I’ll be photographing at the Keble Ball tomorrow night so there’s lots to look forward to from that too.

I’d love to photograph at the upcoming Oriel Ball so if anyone can hook me up with permission to photograph there it would be much appreciated!

Shots from the beginning of the evening before the rain started.

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) ┬ábecause 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.