The title of this piece describes Sue Peel, an inspirational singing teacher and choir director. She’s a bundle of energy and enthusiasm rolled into one petite package. Sue saw the photos I’d produced for Raunds Community Choir, and A Different Direction, and asked if I would photograph her choir, The Seagrave Singers. She wanted an informal record of their rehearsal for their Christmas performance.
I’ve been getting used to shooting in poor light recently, but the Church at Burton Latimer really took the biscuit – it was like shooting in a cave, albeit a rather beautiful one. My clients do like to challenge me!
The Seagrave Singers are a friendly, cheerful group and their happiness was infectious. I hope I’ve managed to convey this in the images.
Canon 5D Mk II
Flash and extra lighting was not an option so I relied on high ISO and wide aperture. I ended up setting the camera to shutter priority 1/100 to avoid blur. Processing was challenging due to the digital noise induced by ISOs of 1600+, though I’m beginning to appreciate that the MkII does actually handle low light quite well. In fact I’m beginning to enjoy the more painterly effect I can achieve when processing such images. It’s becoming part of the creative process.
Canon 135mm F/2.0
Canon 50mm F/1.4
Tamron 28-70 F/2.8
Shutter priority in most instances 1/100. ISO 1600, sometimes more!
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