Hull Fair

I have never been to Hull Fair before and hadn’t realised that it was such a historic tradition. It has been going for more than 700 years and is one of the largest travelling fairs in Europe attracting stalls and rides from all over.

I’m also not really someone who likes crowds but I thought I ought to go along and see what the fuss was all about. It was certainly impressive with a huge number of food stalls, big scary rides and more traditional games and attractions.

Because of the crowds I didn’t want to take my tripod so all of these photos are taken by hand holding my camera.

Patrington Christmas Lights

Last night I went with KCFM to another Christmas light switch on event, this time in Patrington.

I have learned from doing the previous events that the presenters will be very active, that the lighting would be poor and that the weather could be poor. I had chatted with the presenters and the street team about what they did last year and what I could expect. I was told that the main street would be closed off, that there would be a few market type stalls, that there wouldn’t be a stage and that Santa would arrive in a fire engine to switch the lights on. Matt who presents the breakfast show and Amy who presents the Late Night Love Affair show would introduce the various activities throughout the evening.

It was a clear and very cold night so I was pleased that I had fully charged my batteries as the cold can cause them to drain much quicker than usual.

We began by visiting several of the shops in Patrington in order to record some clips for a breakfast show feature called ‘Up Your Street’. A few were shy, some were too busy but the staff in Newtons Fish and Chip Shop were very keen to talk to us. They were giving away free chips to any children that took part in the event later in the evening and they were also selling candy floss and had a chocolate fountain that would help them raise money for an ITV Christmas appeal.

We spoke to a few others and made our way back up to the Christmas tree. A small stage had been erected and two players from the Scorpions Ice Hockey team had arrived as had two players from Hull Kingston Rovers. They were here to have their photograph taken and give away signatures to fans.

Just before the event started the KCFM Street Team, began to give away KCFM flags to the children that were gathering. I had been a bit hesitant about photographing the children last time but this time I was determined to be a bit more confident. I approached several families and asked if I could take photos of their children with the flags for use on the Internet – everyone I spoke to was very happy.

It was very dark in the street and the stage was lit from the back by two small spotlights. I set my camera to ISO 3200 and my aperture to f5.6, adjusting my shutter speed to compensate for whether I was looking into the light or not. A photographer from the local Gazette was also taking photos and he commented that I was not using a flash. I am not keen on using a flash and much prefer to make best use of the ambient light around. I had thought about using a tripod, but because of the expected crowd and because I wanted the flexibility to move around quickly I chose to leave it at home.

I tried to capture all the elements of the event including the presenters and street team at work, but also some of the atmosphere of the night. I hadn’t been aware that Rory, the Hull City Mascot would be there but I tried to capture images of him high-fiving the crowd.

The crowd was one of the main issues I faced and a bit of disorganisation on the part of the event organisers. When the children from the junior school get onto the stage to sing a few carols there seemed to be very few people supervising them, the onlookers pushed forward and I was given no choice but to move out of the way. Santa gave every child a present as they came off the stage but again the crowd was too close for me to get any decent photos. I had also asked if I could get a photo of the presenters with the ice hockey and football players but the players left before the end of the event.

These are some of the photos that I took last night.

Hessle Christmas Lights

After the light switch on at the Freedom Centre I moved on to Hessle. It was much busier here and because of the crowds I struggled to find a parking space and arrived just after the lights had been switched on.

The set up here was much bigger. There was a large stage with barriers around it in the middle of the square and lots of food and market stalls around.

The street team here had already given out most of their KCFM flags and were all on stage with Matt Hutchinson the presenter from the breakfast show and Nancy Birtwhistle, the winner from this year’s Great British Bake Off.

I took a few photos when they came off the stage and then focussed on the crowd and the other acts. The lighting on the stage was much better here in Hessle than it had been at the Freedom Centre and it was much easier to get clear photos of the acts on the stage.

These are a few of the photos that I took at Hessle last night, some of which will be suitable for my Documentary Assignment.


Freedom Centre Christmas Lights

Last night I went with the KCFM Street Team to photograph them supporting the Christmas light switch on event at the Freedom Centre in Hull for my Documentary Assignment.

The Freedom Centre is a small shopping centre that had set up a small stage outside with stalls and children’s activities around it. The Freedom Centre had been running an X Factors style music competition and the winners were all due to perform at the event which was to be hosted by Paul Woodford, one of the weekend presenters at KCFM.

I didn’t want to use a flash so I began by turning up the ISO on my camera. I didn’t really want too much grain so I tried both ISO3200 and ISO6400. I changed both the Aperture and the Shutter Speed depending on where I was pointing the camera.

I began by photographing the street team giving out flags to children and trying to capture some photos of the children waving flags. It was very difficult because of the darkness and the speed at which children move!

The area in front of the stage was very dark and the stage was lit mainly by some coloured lights but also from behind by some strip lighting from a room at the back of the stage. I needed to keep moving in order to get into a position where I could photograph what was going on on the stage without being caught in the glaring lights.

These are some of the photos that I took last night.

There were fewer people at the Freedom Centre than I would have expected but the acts that performed were very good. I stayed for a couple of hours and left just before the lights were actually switched on in order to get over to Hessle and capture some of the activities that KCFM were involved with over there. KCFM were also at  Hedon and Goole for their light switch on events but I was unable to get around them all in one evening.

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