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  • Regency Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    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 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 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 and make it stand out from all others so they contacted the Jane Austen Centre which is practically just across the road to borrow some Regency costumes for their skaters As the official photog for the Jane Austen Centre I was asked to take pics Lighting 580ex II bare on camera right 430ex II bare on camera left standard cross lighting as you can clearly see from the shadows Triggered with Pocket Wizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 Bath on Ice wanted shots after dark in order to show off their colourful lights but the newspapers specifically wanted action shots and the rink lights weren t anything like bright enough for that So I had to use a mix of flash and

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  • Theatre Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    at 7 30pm Posted in Photography Theatre Tags Playing Up Theatre Company theatre Kelvin Players Black Box 11 Feb 15 by obenson Black Box is a collection of short plays including one by Mat Rees who is a Kelvin member and three by Beckett all performed in a simple black box setting I can t say I enjoy Beckett but the coats worn by the three women in Come and Go are wonderfully colourful Posted in Photography Theatre Tags Bristol Kelvin Players theatre Theatre Photography two plays in one day 5 Jun 14 by obenson A tale of two plays Last Sunday I shot promotional photos for two plays still at the rehearsal stage First was for Kelvin Players inside their theatre modern costumes overhead fluorescents backlit by daylight through high windows the theatre used to be a church with a double speedlight as keylight I was taking photos while the cast rehearsed the opening sequence with them all moving around the space in a complex pattern at various speeds I set my light up set the camera to balance my flash and the available light mainly daylight and spent about two hours capturing whatever happened that looked interesting great fun Second was for Shakespeare Live s outdoor Macbeth For this promotional shoot we wanted the actors in costume but only two costumes were available the others are still being sewn so I had Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to work with I found an interesting location in the shade so my flash guns didn t have to work so hard against the daylight and we set up some poses Posted in Photography Theatre Tags Kelvin Players Shakespeare Live theatre Shakespeare in the Green Park Midsummer Night s Dream 17 May 13 by obenson Titania Peasblossom Fairies Shakespeare in the Park

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  • Theatre Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    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 I Was A Rat 12 Feb 13 by obenson Another Birmingham Rep Theatre production which I filmed with Farrows Creative Wonderful play full of colour and action and wit it was a joy to film www farrowscreative co uk Posted in Theatre Videography Shakespeare Live Twelfth Night 8 Jul 12 by obenson Twelfth Night Twelfth Night Shakespeare Live have been putting on an outdoor Shakespeare every summer for the last 23 years all profits going to charity Knowing the English summer weather they always provide sheltered seating for the entire audience though the actors still get rained on occasionally The performances take place at Lackham College which is a

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  • outdoor Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    MY bottle Beset by invisible assailants Spirits of the air Lovers at play Prospero pontificates Each summer Bath Drama and the Rondo Theatre Company put on a joint outdoor production in the Botanical Gardens of Victoria Park in Bath This year they chose The Tempest which was clearly a prophetic choice given the weather Luckily only one performance had rain and that only at the beginning Photography Theatre Bath outdoor theatre Zoo Story promotional photos for a play 5 Apr 12 by obenson Steve Leanaghan who I ve photographed in a few plays asked me to take the promotional photos for he and Paul Dyson s production of Zoo Story set in Central Park We used the Botanic Gardens in Bath as the closest we had to Central Park Photography Theatre flash outdoor promotional theatre family photo shoot in the park 4 Dec 11 by obenson on the stump mother daughters and tiny dog family acrobatics a fun loving family After I had photographed Katie a few weeks ago her mother asked if I would take photos of the family to print as a present for their grandmother There s a park just across the road from their house so we wandered over there and captured a variety of groups and poses they re a fun loving family and really enjoyed playing around for the camera We even got Katie s tiny dog Charlie into some of the shots These were all taken with the available light I had my speedlights with me but using them would have complicated things and got in the way of the family just being themselves Photography family group natural light outdoor The History of Tom Jones performance photos 27 Jun 11 by obenson The History of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding was performed by

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  • Shakespeare Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    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

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  • Shakespeare Live Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    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 Theatre Photography two plays in one day 5 Jun 14 by obenson A tale of two plays Last Sunday I shot promotional photos for two plays still at the rehearsal stage First was for Kelvin Players inside their theatre modern costumes overhead fluorescents backlit by daylight through high windows the theatre used to be a church with a double speedlight as keylight I was taking photos while the cast rehearsed the opening sequence with them all moving around the space in a complex pattern at various speeds I set my light up set the camera

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  • theatre Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    Maiden 18 Feb 15 by obenson Got to photograph Playing Up Theatre again performing Ariel Dorfman s Death and the Maiden at the Rondo Theatre in Bath On all this week 18 22nd Feb at 7 30pm Posted in Photography Theatre Tags Playing Up Theatre Company theatre Kelvin Players Black Box 11 Feb 15 by obenson Black Box is a collection of short plays including one by Mat Rees who is a Kelvin member and three by Beckett all performed in a simple black box setting I can t say I enjoy Beckett but the coats worn by the three women in Come and Go are wonderfully colourful Posted in Photography Theatre Tags Bristol Kelvin Players theatre Theatre Photography two plays in one day 5 Jun 14 by obenson A tale of two plays Last Sunday I shot promotional photos for two plays still at the rehearsal stage First was for Kelvin Players inside their theatre modern costumes overhead fluorescents backlit by daylight through high windows the theatre used to be a church with a double speedlight as keylight I was taking photos while the cast rehearsed the opening sequence with them all moving around the space in a complex pattern at various speeds I set my light up set the camera to balance my flash and the available light mainly daylight and spent about two hours capturing whatever happened that looked interesting great fun Second was for Shakespeare Live s outdoor Macbeth For this promotional shoot we wanted the actors in costume but only two costumes were available the others are still being sewn so I had Macbeth and Lady Macbeth to work with I found an interesting location in the shade so my flash guns didn t have to work so hard against the daylight and we set

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  • Documentary Archives - Owen Benson VisualsOwen Benson Visuals
    I also filmed one of her classes to use as B roll footage always handy to put provide context and cover some edits Posted in Documentary Videography Little Log Festival a video summary 25 Oct 11 by obenson I was asked to do photos and video of this year s Little Log Festival held in August at Hill Farm in Somerset organised by Henry Dingle and several other Dingles Two days of music and scenery and camp fires and local beer This video is a five minute summary of the festival to give people a taste or reminder of the event When I have time I shall make a longer version with complete songs from each of the bands musicians Shot on Canon 5D Mark II mainly with 70 200mm f 2 8 L IS lens Audio is mainly from my Zoom H4n Edited and graded in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 5 Posted in Documentary Videography Tags festival live music short film Battle of Chippenham 29 Jun 11 by obenson Over the weekend of 25 26 June 2011 various regiments from both armies of the English Civil War Society re enacted the Battle of Chippenham On the Saturday I took some photos which can you find over on flickr but on the Sunday I shot video of the camp and the battle with the idea of editing the footage into a story of the battle I was very lucky that one of the top commanders agreed to do a piece to camera which he made up on the spot to set the scene A big thank you to him and to all the re enactors who put up with me filming and recording them even when they thought they were resting You can watch it here http www youtube com

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