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Bridgewater carnival

phil_j 15 134 4 England
8 Nov 2007 12:14PM
Hi everyone,

We are going to see the Bridgewater night time carnival on Friday, and I would love to try to record some of the sights whilst there.

I was wondering if anybody had any tips or advice as to the best way to photograph the carnival, it will be in the dark part of the evening with lots of very brightly lit carnival floats and people milling around.

I will be taking my trusty D50, and a 70-300mm lens along with the kit standard 18-55mm

Thanks in advance.

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
8 Nov 2007 12:27PM
You have just reminded me as I was planning to go.
ahollowa 17 1.1k England
8 Nov 2007 2:17PM
Not sure of the speeds of those lenses as I shoot Canon but would assume them to be fairly slow. In this case you will need a flash (the on board may not surfice). The big floats are well lit and should provide enough light with out a flash but you will miss all the smaller entrants as these are not well lit.
You will need to be there early and get a front row place (or know where you can get al high position) otherwise all you will have is peoples heads. This means (on a crop especially) the 70-300 is not really necessary. I shot last year on a 10D and 16-35. I had a 50 prime with me but this was too long most of the time.

And as with all events don't get so wrapped up the photography you forget to have fun. Somw of them floats are truely amazing.

phil_j 15 134 4 England
8 Nov 2007 2:33PM
Thanks Al, some useful tips there, I will be taking my flash gun as well.
May see you there then Cole!!.

Coleslaw 15 13.4k 28 Wales
8 Nov 2007 2:49PM
Yes, I should be there with my 24-70mm.
Just make sure your shutter speed is fast enough.
elowes 17 2.8k United Kingdom
8 Nov 2007 4:31PM
Park in the old cellophane car park on the Bath Rd. 3 to Rotary for St Margaret's Hospice among other charities. Car park open at 4pm I believe though I won't be there until later.

If you are in a good position the standard lens will do. Last one I did I set the camera to 400 iso for the big carts (they are not called floats).
blackbird 14 159 15 United Kingdom
8 Nov 2007 5:19PM
If you can't make the Bridgewater carnival then don't forget there is a whole circuit of carnivals in Somerset, most of the carts turn out for most of the venues.
I shall be at the Shepton Mallet carnival next Wed which will have fewer visitors than Bridgewater so better views hopefully Smile
It is quite an experience
phil_j 15 134 4 England
8 Nov 2007 5:51PM
Thanks for advice guy's, looking forward to it.

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