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Over the weekend I photographed more summer events and the first was the finale of the Wednesbury in Bloom competition at the town hall. That didn’t go quite according to plan. I think  the time of the presentation was changed so I missed it and I might have been told the wrong winner!

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Group photo

The rosette has first place on it so maybe I did get it right! A group photo can be quite difficult and I tried to get my focus points spread across the group. The other problem is people move and they blink, this shot was the best out of the three I took. I take a few shots and zoom in and out on the shots and refocus.

Jazz in the Park

This was the event I was looking forward to and I tried to get a variety of shots as the band set up. I mostly wanted to get close-up shots with a wide aperture. Those are the shots that give you that sharp focus but shots with narrower apertures of the band and of the crowd give the flavour of the event.

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This shot has an intimacy that I like. It also shows of our magnificent bandstand.

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Getting position for good shots was awkward and it was dark under the bandstand. I used the flash for most of the shots for additional light. The flash was controlled by TTL and so not a particularly bright flash and so hopefully not off-putting for the performers.

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The weather was changeable and we did have a few spots of rain then the sun broke through and I got this shot which is a nice one of the bandstand in use. There will be more summer events this year and I hope even more next year.

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I used a narrower aperture for this picture and took a few shots. It isn’t a great picture but the message is clear, it was a popular event. Maybe next time even more people will come?

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I wandered around in the interval and tried for more relaxed shots. You extra light gave me faster shutter speeds. I was shooting on aperture priority and adjusting the aperture for different shots.

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There are trees around the bandstand which were a nuisance but at least I got some unusual shots and the whole band in this shot.

My camera also shoots HD video and so I tried to shoot some video. It was hard to hold the camera still and so I improvised and used the railing to steady the camera to shoot some of the videos. I did the editing with Windows Live Movie Maker.

You can see the rest of my photos and the videos on the Friends of Brunswick Park page on Facebook.

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