Two days of Music and a day with an Eagle

The days of practicing photographic techniques for the nature photography of the MSc have definitely started giving me the feeling of knowing my camera, its functions and also its limits, better. Dare I say that now it’s actually predominantly me telling the camera what to do, not vice versa, and achieving the effects I wish for the photo.

During the last weekend I additionally was given the chance to practice my new set of skills, whilst volunteering as a photographer at the Match&Fuse Festival in London. Up to four different venues were used to showcase a variety of European music acts – each stage using different lighting, thus requiring me to keep readjusting the ISO and shutter speed. Taking photos in the often dim lighting conditions of Sherwood Forest a couple of weeks ago, was good practice for this.

Having now taken a first look at the festival-photos, I can clearly see, which high ISO-values start having a grainy effect on the pictures, but also which shutter speeds work best in certain settings.

The Jist + Rachel Musson at the Match&Fuse Festival London. The lighting of their venue was the most challenging for me.
The Jist + Rachel Musson at the Match&Fuse Festival London. The lighting of their venue was the most challenging for me.

Alfie Ryner at the Match&Fuse Festival London. The large aperture I used in order to be able to use a higher shutter speed and slightly lower ISO has taken its toll on the depth of field.
Alfie Ryner at the Match&Fuse Festival London. The large aperture I used in order to be able to use a higher shutter speed and slightly lower ISO has taken its toll on the depth of field.

This knowledge was already useful for me a couple of days later, when Dr. David Fox visited our course and brought his Golden Eagle along with him. I felt more confident choosing the appropriate camera setting, when given the chance to photograph the majestic bird.

Claws of a Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos*
Claws of a Golden Eagle Aquila chrysaetos*

Golden Eagle - Aquila chrysaetos*
Golden Eagle – Aquila chrysaetos*

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