The majority of my work is in the commercial and corporate sectors of photography. I started off in photography by working along side the Queens University drama department. I took some photos of my work experience during second year and we continued to work together for several years after that.
Replay are a theatre company based in the Skainos Centre on the Newtownards Road in Belfast. I’ve blogged a couple of times over the last year about several shows they’ve produced but this performance, Into The Blue is definitely unique. Most shows I photograph are on a physical stage of some kind but this was in swimming pool! Yep, a swimming pool. Its a massive watery adventure to be performed in special school hydropools. The performance is a journey through gentle waves, bubbling whirlpools and music.
Into The Blue, this time would be performed in the Northern Ireland Children’s Hospice in North Belfast. The show would be run twice so unlike most performances I would get a second chance if I missed a shot. That being said I always want to get the shot first time as theres no guarantee to get it the second time!
For this shoot I would be using my two main Nikon D750 cameras. They’ve got full frame sensors inside which are also the same as the flag ship Nikon D4 body. Whilst I wouldn’t need the power of the ISO sensitivity this time, having a large sensor that produces big images is a serious plus. It means I can crop in tight to the part of the image I like the best. Even though the pool isn’t that big I would end up using the longer lenses over the wider ones due to the full frame crop factor. The 70-200mm F2.8 VR would be used for the bulk of the images but I also had the 24-70mm F2.8 out as well to get some wider images.
It was already quite bright inside the swimming pool area but I dont like relying on light from the outside. Its too inconsistent and not reliable. I broke out two SB-900 speed lights and slapped some radio triggers on them. I prefer using radio triggers instead of Nikons CLS system as they (in my opinion) are more reliable.
All images were shot in RAW format to give me the maximum flexibility during the post processing phase.