Last weekend I was asked to take images for the annual Kaiapoi Art Expo. This was the seventh year the event had been held and it was a great success, around 5000 visitors over the weekend and around $32000 worth of art sold. There was a wide range of art on display including sculpture, paintings and photographs.
For my part I was asked to take images on the opening night as well as during the weekend and finally at the presentation of the ‘People’s Choice’ award winner. Technically the shoot was fairly straightforward, I wasn’t trying to take award winning images, just to capture the people and event itself. I used on camera flash bounced off the ceiling for the most part. The camera was set on manual with a fairly wide aperture. I did mess up a few shots with not quite enough DOF for everyone in the image but as I usually took more than one image with different focus points fixing it up in Photoshop wasn’t a major problem.
My biggest challenge was collecting the names of everyone in the images for use by newspapers in their coverage. I just about managed and will have a much better idea of what is required if I do another similar event.
Sam Mahon opening the event
I did have a little fun with a time-lapse of the event, unfortunately for the first part I forgot to set the lens on manual focus!
Public Choice winner – Sandra Duncan with George Skipper
Congratulations to everyone involved a really good weekend. Maybe I’ll put something in next year!