New Gallery Online


After a relatively quiet period, this week has seen my second outing to photograph a local club event.  Tonight I was back at Eclipse Gymnastics and this time for something a little different.

There is no doubt that the gymnasts are all very talented in their sport, but this evening proved that they also have talents in other areas and we were treated to singers, dancers, musicians and a comedy magic trick routine that had everyone in stitches.  Have you ever tried taking photographs in very low light whilst giggling – it’s hard.

All of the participants did really well but it was Henry playing the violin that stole the show and one the accolade for best performance.  His piece which was accompanied by backing music was wonderful and he played it entirely from memory.  It was a joy to listen to and watch. He was, in my mind, a very worthy winner.

As usual the light was atrocious in the club’s hall, in fact it was lower than usual.  This meant me pushing the camera and my skills to the absolute limit.  Some of the images are a little grainy and soft but the gallery is now being uploaded to for all of the club members to view and purchase .jpg files and prints.  The usual commission will be paid to the club for all photographs bought over the next 90 days.

Finally, well done to everyone at Eclipse Gymnastics who were involved with organizing yet another flawless and great evening of entertainment.


Dance studio photo shoot

barbara-hooton-060716-earlsbartonThis afternoon I headed over to Earls Barton and the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing for the third of my three photo shoots with the dancers.  Whereas the earlier shoots were in shared halls, this one was in the schools main dance studio and very nice it is too.  Floor is pristine with mirrors on two walls and loads of light from two sides.  Nevertheless, the brief was costume shots and we defaulted to the studio and strobes for a third time.

During this shoot I had my first lesson.  When setting up, think about the sun and windows.  Yep, just after setting up the backdrop and the lights the sunlight crept around the corner and began to paint shadows and hot spots on the backdrop.  Time for a hasty rethink whilst the girls began to arrive.

Thankfully, the rest of the shoot went really well with the usual format of the younger dancers through to the teenagers and their point work.  The difference was losing the backdrop and working with the mirrors and light bouncing all over the place.  With only a couple of minutes to rework the setup, to lose one of the lights and get good light from the one remaining light, balanced with the ambient light and being able to get far enough back to shoot in the studio – it was a fun balancing act and a test of my thinking on my feet.

Anyway, I think that we cracked the shoot and the gallery is now uploaded to and ready for the dancers to view online and, hopefully, purchase a few of the images.

Another new challenge

barbara-hooton-030716-finedonThis morning I found myself off to shoot something a little different, but something that would take me right back to my childhood.  It’s not a great secret that I spent a few years in the dance world. My sister was a ballet, tap and modern dancer and she went on to dance around the world after leaving school.  For a couple of these years, I indulged in tap and this was fairly useful to this mornings shoot.

Heading up to Finedon with the camera and light loaded in the car, I was off to work with the ladies at one of the several local dance schools, this time the Barbara Hooton School of Dancing.  The brief was simply to capture images of the girls and young ladies in their recent show costumes and I wanted to try to get a range of poses (standing, sitting and movement). Movement was going to be tough with the lights and room, but we got some nice shots with one of the ladies dancing with her ribbon and a few nice shots of tap dancers running through a short time step.

We started with the younger girls and progressed through tap, ballet and modern and up to the teenagers with ribbons, points and the like.  It was a busy shoot with a tight time limit and a lot to get through.

Nevertheless, I had a great time at the school and I hope that the girls did as well, some of them were far from camera shy and I hope that we got a few goods shots for their families.

The gallery is now online and  the username and password is available from the school officials.  As usual, please don’t ask me for a login because this is only available via the school.