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  • Photography Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    tricky given our uncertain weather Outdoor theatre is extra challenging to video because the stage can be very wide and shallow making it difficult to get a wide shot that isn t so wide everyone appears tiny or a side shot that is back of the head rather than over the shoulder but with three cameras and a separate audio recorder I managed to capture everything fairly well Luckily multi camera editing is straightforward in Adobe Premiere so I can usually edit an entire play in less than twice the length of the play i e less than 4 hours for a 2 hour play The above photos were all taken during the dress rehearsal When I video a play I prefer to do so during a performance because the audience reactions improve the video hugely Posted in Photography Theatre Theatre Videography Tags outdoor Shakespeare Shakespeare Live theatre Wiltshire Regency Ball 2015 at the Guildhall Bath 27 Jun 15 by obenson The annual Jane Austen summer Regency Ball organised by the Jane Austen Festival in Bath was once again a splendid success Over 130 people attended the event and 100 of those had been to the dance practice earlier in the day which I m sure paid off during the evening Although I didn t take any photos of the food I can tell you that it was delicious As well as the short video above I took lots of photos of which I edited 404 and put them online for anyone to enjoy http owenbensonvisuals photoshelter com gallery Regency Ball 2015 G0000zp3NFNHRZhY C0000hJBcj4id8zo Next up is the Jane Austen Festival itself from 11 20 September still tickets left for many events if you too would like to join the Regency crowd Posted in Documentary Event Photography Videography Tags 2015

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  • Bath Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    DP for Zebrafish Media on this corporate promo video for the wonderful Bath Cake Company which is run by Celia Adams who makes amazing cakes both in taste and looks as well as teaching other people how to decorate cakes We filmed one of her classes and an example wedding consultation www bathcakecompany co uk www zebrafishmedia com Posted in Commercial Videography Tags Bath cake corporate video Regency Ball 2014 at the Guildhall in Bath 28 Jun 14 by obenson For the last several years I have had the privilege of photographing the Regency Ball in Bath organised by the Jane Austen Festival It is a treat to capture all these people in their Regency costumes dancing with abandon in the Georgian splendour of the Guildhall As a photographer there are several challenges the light goes from predominantly daylight to all fairly dim flourescent the dancers can move very quickly and they fill the space Every photo is a compromise between just fast enough shutter speed high ISO and shallow DOF And in the middle of the evening everyone is equally lit by blue daylight on one side and green ish red ish flourescent on their other side requiring careful editing But it s all worth it when I get shots like the one above showing the movement and fun to be had You can see the other 451 final images in my online gallery Posted in Event Photography Tags Bath dance Regency New Year New Film Director of Photography on Oliver Rocket 2 Jan 14 by obenson Me during rehearsal camera test at Beckford s Tower Only two more days until we begin filming on feature Oliver Rocket in Bath We only have twelve days to shoot the entire film so it s going to be a packed schedule but we ve already put a lot of work into tests rehearsals and planning over the last few months to ensure we have everything covered You can follow our progress here www facebook com OliverRocketmovie where our behind the scenes crew will be providing updates 17 Jan 2014 update Well that s a wrap We shot a feature film in 12 days Got rained on a few times but overall we got pretty lucky given that it s January Look out for it later this year Posted in Film Making Tags Bath Bristol C300 Director of Photography drama feature film Daisy Chapman The Hangman s Waltz 21 Nov 13 by obenson Daisy Chapman is a Bristol based singer songwriter who I have had the pleasure of working with a few times now including filming her album launch at the Bristol Folk House about a year ago Daisy wanted someone to make a short silent film to accompany an instrumental track on that album called The Hangman s Waltz and I jumped at it I love the dark melancholy nature of her songs and I easily came up with lots of ideas for a short film especially in collaboration with a

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  • costumes Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    do a pre wedding shoot Posted in Engagement Photography Tags costumes Lauren Ayres pre wedding Lauren Ayres costumes photo shoot 18 Apr 13 by obenson Steam punk outfit Detail from steam punk outfit Regency dress Fairy for Midsummer Night s Dream Cobweb Fairy for Midsummer Night s Dream Van Helsing inspired outfit I ve photographed a few plays which Lauren has created wonderful costumes for and I jumped at the chance to shoot a collection of her costumes We borrowed a friend s studio OK a large room which we converted to a studio and spent hours photographing the outfits with both Lauren and Penny Clegg modelling Several of the fairy costumes for this summer s Midsummer Night s Dream at Green Park station in Bath will need to be composited with flower backgrounds before I can display them here If you d like more info on Lauren s costumes you can follow here on http www facebook com pages Sewonderland 110105245707568 Photography Theatre costumes Lauren Ayres Jane Austen Festival 2011 25 Sep 11 by obenson Jane Austen Festival Masked Lady Jane Austen Festival Masked Lady Jane Austen Festival Masked Dancers Jane Austen Festival Persuade Your Hair with Felicite Gillham Jane Austen Festival Persuade Your Hair with Felicite Gillham Jane Austen Festival Promenading around the Circus Jane Austen Festival Promenading along the gravel path Jane Austen Festival Masked Ball dancers Jane Austen Festival the volunteers Complete set of 582 photos is available online I spent the last eight days working for the Jane Austen Festival http www janeausten co uk jane austen festival in Bath taking photos and video of most of the events From the Promenade through the streets of Bath on the first Saturday morning to the Finale in the Old Theatre Royal I took over 1800 photos

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  • event Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    Centre I will also make a trailer from that which will be online in a few weeks I ve taken photos of the Jane Austen Festival promenade for the last couple of years and the Jane Austen Centre liked them so much that this year they have hired me to photograph most of the events during the week long festival The promenade was a great success again glorious sunny weather and not too hot We guess there were more people than last year s world record of 409 people in Regency dress at one event the procession held up the traffic in the centre of Bath for ten minutes or so All ages creeds races etc take part and many of the participants put a lot of effort into their costumes all of which makes it great fun to photograph On the opening Saturday there was also a lunch and craft fair in the afternoon then a gala evening with entertainment relevant to the era including an entertaining pastiche of Austen s works by Tongue Tied Theatre Sunday night was a Baroque dance performance by Bath Minuet followed by dancing for all with Bath Minuet teaching the participants some of the dances Good music and it was lovely to watch such dances performed well and by dancers in Baroque dress Monday night was about Regency food what were some of the tastes and smells they were used to I was hoping to get some good reaction shots of people tasting things they didn t like but most foods were clearly at least ok I hope to have lots of photos available for people to see and print shortly I will update this page with a link when they are ready I m also shooting some video of the events and

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  • Jane Austen Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    is the Jane Austen Festival itself from 11 20 September still tickets left for many events if you too would like to join the Regency crowd Posted in Documentary Event Photography Videography Tags 2015 ball Bath dancing Jane Austen Regency summer Jane Austen Festival 2014 in Bath 20 Sep 14 by obenson What a week it has been Seven days of events and it s not over yet It began last Saturday with the Promenade through Bath in Regency dress and I have just finished editing 421 photos out of the nearly 1 000 which I took and put them online You can find them here along with lots of other events from the Festival I will be uploading photos from many other events as I have time to edit them including last night s wonderful Masked Ball held in the Pump Rooms But that was another 1 000 photos so it may take me another week to edit them all Posted in Event Photography Tags costume Jane Austen Jane Austen Festival Regency Jane Austen Festival Bath 2013 photos 2 Oct 13 by obenson After a week of editing I have now uploaded more than 750 photos to my online gallery where people can view them and buy downloads if they want to use them on other sites e g Facebook or print them I still have lots of video to go through so I shall be busy for a while yet The photos from Jane Austen Festival 2013 Posted in Event Photography Tags Jane Austen Regency ice skating 6 Dec 12 by obenson Bath on Ice operate an ice skating rink in the lovely Georgian city of Bath over the holiday period Various national newspapers had asked for photos and they wanted a way to show off their rink

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  • Jane Austen Festival Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    masked ball promanard promenade pump room Regency roman baths Jane Austen Festival 2014 in Bath 20 Sep 14 by obenson What a week it has been Seven days of events and it s not over yet It began last Saturday with the Promenade through Bath in Regency dress and I have just finished editing 421 photos out of the nearly 1 000 which I took and put them online You can find them here along with lots of other events from the Festival I will be uploading photos from many other events as I have time to edit them including last night s wonderful Masked Ball held in the Pump Rooms But that was another 1 000 photos so it may take me another week to edit them all Posted in Event Photography Tags costume Jane Austen Jane Austen Festival Regency Regency Ball 2012 at the Guildhall in Bath 23 Jun 12 by obenson We had a lovely time again this year at the Regency Ball organised by the Jane Austen Centre in Bath Gorgeous costumes an impressive room lively music and good food what more could one want from a night out Great to photograph too with all the detailed fabrics elbow gloves ringlets and men in uniform www janeausten co uk Posted in Event Photography Tags ball Bath dance Jane Austen Festival Jane Austen Festival 2011 25 Sep 11 by obenson Jane Austen Festival Masked Lady Jane Austen Festival Masked Lady Jane Austen Festival Masked Dancers Jane Austen Festival Persuade Your Hair with Felicite Gillham Jane Austen Festival Persuade Your Hair with Felicite Gillham Jane Austen Festival Promenading around the Circus Jane Austen Festival Promenading along the gravel path Jane Austen Festival Masked Ball dancers Jane Austen Festival the volunteers Complete set of 582 photos is available online

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  • masked ball Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd The 2015 Festival was a great success despite some rain as we gathered for the Promenade Hundreds of people gorgeous costumes fascinating events and we even got sunshine at the end of the Promenade what more could one ask for Roll on September 2016 when we can do it all again Events included Promenade Masked Ball Country Dance Bonnet Workshop Austen Undone A

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  • promanard Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd The 2015 Festival was a great success despite some rain as we gathered for the Promenade Hundreds of people gorgeous costumes fascinating events and we even got sunshine at the end of the Promenade what more could one ask for Roll on September 2016 when we can do it all again Events included Promenade Masked Ball Country Dance Bonnet Workshop Austen Undone A

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