Archive for June, 2014

Got the nod that I could post these today and so I’ve simply selected one image from each act on the day other than Bananarama who I was told don’t clear any images these days. It’s a shame as they both look superb still and indeed put on a great show, as all the artists did. This was actually great fun whilst being rather demanding. Host and his sponsors requiring images back stage whilst also trying to grab images of the artists on stage in the heat of a pleasant summers day was thirsty work with many bottles of water consumed. The superb meals laid on for the AAA Pass Holders along with unlimited drinks helped make up for the rushing around.

On a technical front the images went from harsh sunlight to effectively backlit as there were no FOH spots. Only took my 24-70 and 70-200 and they were more than sufficient for the job attached to my 5Diii.

Met some great people throughout the day and looks like I’m already booked for next year ๐Ÿ™‚

Onto the artists…….

First up was Brother Beyond.

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Clare Grogan of Altered Images.

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Jaki Graham.

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The Real Thing.

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Mark Shaw of Then Jerico.

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Alexander O’Neal

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Nick Heyward

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Nick Kershaw

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A bunch of well known hoodlum DJ’s. Had tea with this mob and what a laugh. Great guys with some funny stories.

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Martin Fry of ABC.

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Howard Jones.

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Kim Wilde.

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Bananarama, taken from the FOH control tower, as they don’t authorise any current close up shots other than studio images.

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With the news that my wife’s health issues are far more serious than initially thought, the fact that her operation was cut short only put her out for a few days and not the weeks expected. We had already decided that I would be leaving her alone on Sunday to cover the Kingston League Trampoline Series as this is normally no longer than 6 hours in total. I had however been planning to cover the ‘Let’s Rock Leeds’ festival at Temple Newsam on behalf of Absolute 80’s Radio. With my wife’s impending series of planned operations I almost declined this superb opportunity as it was a full day away and I couldn’t risk leaving her alone so soon. With the change in circumstances I popped an email back to the Absolute Radio contact and I was back in.

The full day was from 9am to near midnight with acts on from 11am. A rather nice cross selection of pop icons from the 80’s were playing and with my AAA access I also got to meet them and have a chat. Rules surrounding the images I took were of the expected criteria with only ‘Bananarama’ banning publication of any individual full framed shots of either member. Sold some images to one singer and got a flat fee for the remaining stock shots. Believe me when I say there’s not much money in gig work unless you can sell the images to the bands/performers on an individual basis.

With the sun not setting until very late some creative exposure techniques were used to enhance lighting effect on stage but I found this experimentation a good learning experience for any future events. The contact at Absolute 80’s was delighted with the pre edited images and the festival organiser thanked me for my professionalism throughout the day and looked forward to working together again.

This was one of the last images from the day which I took from the sound/lighting gantry once the sun had just about set.

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One of my favourite images from the day. Full on energy by the lead singer of ‘Then Jerico’ with the ‘Lets Rock’ displayed on the big screen. I tried to capture this image with several of the acts yet sadly it was a rolling display of images which quickly changed. Mark Shaw, by total luck, just got this right ๐Ÿ˜‰

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To complete a busy weekend I covered another Kingston League Trampoline Series event. My daughter took part also and came away with a 3rd place in the 11&U category. As she is only 8 she has the potential to dominate by the time she reaches 11.

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Now for a quiet week editing all this work ๐Ÿ™‚

This little beauty paid my marine tank light a visit this afternoon. Only a juvenile and measuring in at about 1″ long I managed to persuade it to climb onto my finger and took this shot. It wasn’t overly impressed with the flash and promptly left our house ๐Ÿ™‚

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This shoot had been in the balance since my wife’s operation was delayed but, as luck would have it, it was delayed until tomorrow so smiles all round.

Held at Holy Trinity Church in the town centre this was a shoot involving 5 wedding dresses and one ladies wedding suit all designed by the very talented Becky Adamson, a Year 3 Fashion Designer at the Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD). The awesome interior of the church afforded the quality background these outfits deserved and the shoot was a resounding success. I simply used a single key light for the dresses with a secondary light behind the altar. The secondary light illuminated the very large space between the altar and the rear main window / wall which was simply too dark without it. I had taken a Bowens Portable Travelpak but the extremely kind church warden provided 240v power via extension leads which made life a little easier. I have used the Bowens Travelpak on several occasions at weddings and they are indeed superb with my Gemini 750Pro’s with just the one downside in that they do not power the modelling bulb (for obvious reasons) which does help when setting up your lighting. With 240v at my disposal this minor distraction was not present.

Here is why I decided to go with a fill light. The first image is lacking in depth and looks dark to the rear. By adding the fill light I was able to ignite the rear of the image into colour. With some minor tweaking on light balance before starting the final images look great.

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The final image of the day was all the models along with Becky. They just sat on the altar steps and I took the image….lovely ๐Ÿ™‚

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A 2 week minimum break now as I’ll be nursing my wife after her triple operation tomorrow so don’t think I’ve disappeared. I am being nagged to shoot a festival this weekend but that will depend on my wife’s state of health.

Following on from the previous weeks gig I agreed to cover the other band that the bass player plays in. This was a 25th anniversary gig at their ancestral home, The Steam Packet, in Knottingly.

Superb fun, tight for space, limited lighting but thats what all this local gig shooting is all about.

One from the evening ๐Ÿ™‚

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1/400th, ISO 5000, f/2.8 with 24-70 zoom.

Just realised how awful the original image looked so here is an updated version. Just perusing the blog and realised whilst the image was uniform the WB was not. A quick adjustment and all is wellย ๐Ÿ˜‰

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A fantastic evening working in Queen Victoria Square covering the Hull leg of the Queens Baton Relay for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The Hull High Fliers Trampoline Club were invited to attend and show off their skills, which they duly did. Head Coach, Julie Williams, was worthily chosen as one of the baton bearers for the day. We needed an image for the club website and also had a request for a suitable image for the Local Council and BGA (British Gymnastics Association).

This is what we came up with though the Official Logo was added in PP and wasn’t actually hanging in the air ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Technicals are 24mm, 1/500th sec, f/7.1 plus a half stop of exposure to compensate for the sunlight.

A busy weekend doing what is rapidly becoming my bread and butter photography and something new in Live Music photography. I have shot live music before and after doing a quick shoot for someone, earlier in the year, I was booked for these two weekends to shoot his band. This in turn has possibly turned into a festival gig in a couple of weeks time.

So one from the bread and butter work. Taken at this weekends Hull Schools Trampolining Competition, this is one of the Hull High Fliers elite girls who currently sits in the UK top 16.

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And one from the gig. This is just a simple, wide angle, image showing the 4 members of the group in action. Had about 2ft of room to work in with it being a ‘Pub’ yet with some subtle direction, from myself, over positioning and posing I grabbed plenty of quality individual images of the 4 also. Thankfully the female keyboard player also sings some of the songs which got her to the front and away from the dart board ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Something the eagle eyed follower may notice is the change of name for my business. After some research with existing customers and a few upcoming clients I have decided to go under the professional name ofย Cecil Paul Studios.ย Every man and his dog appears to be “Blah Blah Photography” and it was actually a client who suggested the studio change as I actually have a studio that so many togs do not have. Received well by others, domain purchased so web site underway.

The name Cecil was my Grandfathers first name. He was an avid photographer, the first person to not only place a camera in my hand but someone who explained the workings of it to me also, on more than one occasion. A fitting tribute to a wonderfully superb and enlightened man.

Cheering myself up.

Posted: June 5, 2014 in Uncategorized
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With all the personal and family issues I am currently experiencing my daughter and I decided to have a fun shoot in the studio after tea today. Whilst only 8 years old she is fully aware of the implications her mum, my wife, faces at the moment and yet has these fun ideas as she puts it “To cheer us all up”.

So bright background, summer dress and just her imagination in front of the camera we had a shoot, a chat and shared a can of Tango sat on the studio floor. She’s right it worked, a half hour of shooting, some fun images and a smile restored to my face ๐Ÿ™‚

Triple light set up with key, hair and background.

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