On Halloween, the UKC Photography and Modelling Society set up a studio in the Lighthouse at the University of Kent. The aim was to raise some money for the society to buy more equipment, and it worked out quite well.
The last photo shows out setup. The trickiest part was lighting the background without having too much spill on the people since we only had about two metres in depth with which to work. The backdrop is lit with two Canon Speedlite 430 EX flashes, both with gobos to make the light hit the background only. The lights left and right of the camera are a Canon Speedlite 580EX MkI and MkII with Manfrotto 001B Nano stands and Westcott 2001 double-fold shoot-through umbrellas. All flashes were set to slave mode and triggered with a Canon ST-E2.
I'm back at uni, and the academic preparations, my job in the Venue and the work for the Photography and Modelling Society have kept me busy throughout September. So for now I'm just posting some photos from the Welcome Ball at the University of Kent, with Cricket Lane, City Girls, Fake That, and Coolio.
I present you a selection of 9 hours worth of photographs from last weekend's University of Kent Summer Ball 2008, organized by Kent Union. The three huge marquees hosted four bars, two stages, tatoo artists, studio photographers, casinos, 2 main stages and more. The main acts included top DJs like Colin Murray and Fearne Cotton on the DJ stage, and the Vengaboys and the Wombats on the main stage. All in all a packed evening - even though we were two photographers sharing the workload I didn't get a chance to grab dinner.
Last Saturday was Australia Day in the Venue. I had a good time and didn't have to dodge too many drinks with the camera. Above are some of the pictures I took that evening, for the other 300 or so visit live2flirt.
One year ago, Canterbury saw the birth of CSR FM, 'the first ever community FM radio station in the UK run exclusively by students'. I had then covered the launch party for inQuire. This time CSR asked me directly to cover their celebration party in Kent Union's night club, the Venue. The line-up included DJs from the station itself, the upcoming band Touriste, and a group of breakdancers that performed on the dancefloor - or tried to do so: it seemed to me that they were not too happy with the DJ's choice of music. I've seen their amazing moves last year and was rather disappointed that the act was let down by a DJ who at that point didn't seem to notice what happened around him.
With this post I've also updated the appearance of the blog galleries in which the pictures are displayed. I think it integrates more smoothly into the rest of the site now.
What a fabulous night at the UKC's Venue. People do tend to show up there in all kinds of fashion, but Halloween allows everyone to look as unique and ridiculous as they want without being turned away by the bouncers. A costume was quickly found, I put on my camouflage poncho I bought for shooting sports when it's raining, the camo trousers, got some brown and green face paint and I was ready to go. Well, not quite yet, I made the camera fit my outfit.
I started the night with the Photographers and Models Society and a Halloween themed shooting around Eliot college (photographs coming soon), then queued a whopping 25 minutes to get a drink in the Lighthouse and spent the rest of the night in the Venue partying and shooting. Well, the shooting bit ended at around eleven when the place was so packed I couldn't even hold the camera in front of my face anymore!
There's no freshers' week without the traditional Freshers' Ball. For this year's line-up, Kent Union managed to get hold of BootyLuv, Scouting for Girls, xFM and the Venue's resident DJs.
The Union decided to make some changes to the Venue over summer and I have to say that I love their new light equipment. Makes for some nice photographs :) Now I can't wait to see their interactive dancefloor in action.
If you want to see the photographs in print, be sure to grab a copy of the next edition of inQuire, out across campus on October 23rd.