I was contacted by a performer called Baby Lame to shoot his burlesque show at the Glory pub in Haggerston, North London. I accepted the job and immediately used Google Image search to check out the venue. I do this every time for a new venue to scope out the area before attending.
I hopped on to the East London line I arrived at the Glory with 30 minute spare till show time. Baby Lame and a couple of other performers were rehearsing the opening act. After which we had a quick chat about where I could shoot and I was given a running order of the performers. I like to keep hold of this as I can then add names of the performers to their respective photos in Lightroom later.
Looking around the room I decided not to stay near the bar as that is normally crowded, so I stuck more around the left hand side near the audio visual unit and the centre between the two pillars.
After the show, on the way home I started culling shots in camera. The screen in small but I can easily see if any of the shots have blurred limbs or the composition is off. All shots were completed and delivered the next day.
Speaking of the next day I contacted a performer Ness Gracious, and asked if she was available for a quick shoot? She was so once more, back on the East London Line up to Rotherhithe station. Ness arrived on time and we walked towards the Thames. The weather wasn't on our side so I had earlier suggested Ness brings an umbrella. Turns out we used it as a prop during the times when it was really windy.
While Ness was posing with the North bank of the Thames behind her I could see that where I ever I pointed the camera there was always crane in view! Still I had to set fire to the stunt umbrella that had taken a bit of a beating by the end of the session.
We moved on to a local park where a children's play area and a band stand were made use of. We dodged a couple of squirrels and a friendly dog too. I had spotted a small cafe close to the edge of the park and thought it was nearly time to call it a day. While kicking a few leaves around I asked Ness to gather some up and throw them in the air while I try to capture them in mid flight.
We had a few goes at it as many of the leaves had their own ideas when it came to gravity and decided to get in front of Ness's face. In the end I managed to stitch a few shots together to make one composition. After which we had a cup of tea in the cafe.
I had been contacted by Tempest Rose and she asked if I could shoot for The House of Burlesque at the Rolling Stock club at Hoxton... which is on the East London line. I had not shot there before so I had a look at the interior via Google Images once again.
The venue is long and thin and on arriving I was showed where to set up. I noticed it was very dark and a quick test shot showed my ISO would shoot up to 12000. Not to worry I thought, it might brighten up when the performers take to the stage.
I was using my 24-105mm f4 so getting wide to tight shots wasn't a problem, and to get a faster shutter speed I dropped the exposure down by 1/5 stops of light. I could always bring the exposure back in post but I was still getting ISO from 3200-12800 so a lot of clean up work was needed after.
Having three shoots in rapid succession does sharpen the mind to work faster when making editing choices in Lightroom. It allows fast turn around times so performers get their photos back sooner rather then later.
I have to keep my reputation as a 'machine' intact.