Battle Of Nantwich (2015)

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  • #8775
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    A few shots from today…

     

    #8776
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    Peter Robinson
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    There’s some great character portraits there Ian. Like the way you’ve used the flag as a backdrop. I particularly like the third shot. When the sun came out it was a bit harsh, but better than rain!

    #8777
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Thanks very much, Peter. Yes, the light was tricky at times – too much shade under hat brims!

    The main problem at this sort of event is how to avoid cluttered and anachronistic backgrounds, isn’t it? Shop signs, street furniture and dozens of photographers make this very difficult! I discovered the trick of using flags as a background accidentally a couple of years ago, and it’s often the only hope of solving the problem, even though it may (as here) require fairly hefty cropping.

    #8778
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    Peter Robinson
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    I find two two techniques for trying to trying to sort out cuttered backgrounds is to use a low angle so you get the sky as a background or use the people in the background as a compositonal aid by waiting for them to look in the right direction. Of course it doesn’t always work but worth a try.

    I managed to get in a good spot to photograph the plough witches and nantwich players who put on a good show. I didnt take many portraits this time, but I’m quite pleased with these.

     

     

    #8779
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Yes, the low-PoV + sky trick is also a good manoeuvre. (The guy in my last shot made this easier by conveniently sitting on a large horse!)

    Your shots of Domesday Morris (not plough witches, I fear!) capture the energy of this Border Morris side really well. And I do like your pictures of the Players – the first one of them is a cracker. (You were lucky to get such a good position in the melée of photographers they attracted!)

    #8780
    Profile photo of KEN LAST
    Anonymous

    YES ALL SPLENDID FELLA”S–would like to have gone  but parking put me off. Thinking how my 85mm wide open would have thrown those backgrounds OOF.  What lens and settings did you use Ian and Peter???   Ian is your last one  Adrian Childes  ???LOL    —Well done.

    #8781
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    Ian McNab
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    Thanks, Ken. I used a Fujinon 18-55 f/2.8-f/4 zoom for the shots above – all at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm full-frame). And the apertures were f/5, f/4, f/4 and f/5 respectively.

    The backgrounds are out of focus OK in these particular shots of mine; but in the middle of Nantwich that’s frequently not enough by itself to avoid obvious anachronisms like shop signs, street furniture and dozens of photographers toting immense white Canon zoom lenses! 😉

    #8783
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    meg cumming
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    Yes a really good day all round and perfect weather too boot, no rain thunder or snow.Ian Love your third one with the helmet its really glowing and the flags were perfect backdrops as they take out any modern day intrusions. I love the mono of the priest quite a scary man by all accounts.

    Pete I, like Ian, love your low point of the Doomsday Morris Dancer, great. The theatre players at the church love them all. But you do know what a judge would say about the lady’s glasses “Too modern”. Not that we can do anything about that, (unless later on try and get her to pose again minus the glasses.)

    Have just sent some off to people who pose for me. Will get my head around posting mine so that I can get some critiques as well.

    #8786
    Profile photo of KEN LAST
    Anonymous

    Just ventured to have another look on my desk top now hopefully virus free!!!! The photo”s are splendid-the colours great–glad the weather was nice for you.Thanks for the lens detail Ian -I always like to know–form the old AP days when every pic had the lens and setting detail.

    #8787
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    Peter Robinson
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    Thanks for your generous comments everyone. Ian’s correct of course, they are the Domesday Morris. It pays to get there early if you can to get a good spot. I was very lucky to get in pole position. I noticed the glasses Meg, and like you say you cant do much about them. They’re a pain to clone out as well. Ken, parking was murder and the roads were chocker due to the road works and extra traffic. I chose to use aperture priority using f6.3 which I hoped would like me enough depth of field, some background blur and a decent shutter speed. I set the ISO at 640 for the Domesday Witches and 800 for the Nantwich players where it was a bit darker. The exposures were all close to f6.3 at 1/125 or 160, which was a bit slow, but I got away with it most of the time. It gave me some ‘creative blur with the dancers!

    #8794
    Profile photo of John Royle
    ajroyle
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    You might like to see what Simon J Newbury shot. fb.me/3qbz2AvSF

    #8795
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Nice set by Simon Newbury, John. (I see he avoided the anachronistic backgrounds in town by taking most of the photographs on and around the field.)

    #8796
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    ajroyle
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    Simon has always been on our emailing list. He Tweets his work quite often and it is interesting to follow what he gets up to as a professional photographer. Perhaps he would come over to give us a talk!

    #8797
    Profile photo of KEN LAST
    Anonymous

    Have a look on Crewe Chronic. Flicker, fab photos of this event,why are these people not in CPS, perhaps in another club._________PS sent from my really fab new 10″tablet___Time2. Very expensive eighty pounds inc. post and its great. Yes Crewe Chronic. Flicker superb photos of Holy Holly Day.

    #8799
    Profile photo of Ian McNab
    Ian McNab
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    Here’s the link to the Crewe Chronicle Pics Flickr group that Ken mentioned.

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