Infest 2015

It’s that time of year again when I grab my camera bags and head up to Bradford for Infest the Electronic/Industrial Festival.

This year I decided to forgo most of the socializing and music and throw myself fully into the photography.

The plan was to shoot each band, rush back to the camper-van, process the images, grab the laptop, take it to the pub and upload the images to Facebook.

The reality was quite similar to this. The organizers expressed a preference for people shots rather than band shots.

I attempted to do both, but I nearly broke in the process. (although i’m sure the many bottles of wine didin’t help in this regard)

I only used three lenses for the whole events. The 70-200 f/2.8, the 85mm f/1.4 and the 24mm f/1.4

I didn’t use flash once. Many of the images benefited from the use of ambient light only, however many others suffered from lack of focus lock or motion blur which would have been eliminated if I’d used and external light source.

I think that if I return next year I need to focus on the event requirement of people and leave the bands to someone else.
I may even try the use of some creative flash, who knows :-)

Here are my favorites from the weekend.


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    1. Anne-Elise Hansen September 17, 2015 at 4:10 am #

      hi Guy, absolutely mind-blowing shots! I so identify to what you describe .. had to email you … multiple lenses, no flash .. Upload to Facebook .. wanting to shoot something totally different to what the oganisers expect from you … ending up doing both .. while still having fun (you k’now!;) ahahahah YESSS we have to meet ! I will be at alchemy 2015 .. I saw you are going to be there too ! :) aye! would really like to have a chat!
      Also totally passionate about taking pictures, not a purist either (by a long chalk although I did learn B&W photography as a teenager and we used to develop our own films) but hell I just cannot help myself .. By now I have uploaded in excess of 50 000 pictures of the psychedelic trance scene to facebook since around 2008 .. the colours, the decor, the people, the energy is something so unique and so perfect to photograph! … But I only just acquired my first DSLR this year (in December .. )… IT CHANGED MY LIFE .. .I started a website .. and only just now a blog too :) oo dear …
      text me when in alchemy festival (hopefully you see this message before!) my name is Anne-Elise hansen 07747667942 I would really like to chat with you about photography. I too refuse to work with a flash .. absolutely “natural” light only .. I see you also use Nikon .. I find that f1.8 gives great results with no flash .. If you do not manage to reach me by phone there is a great chance will be at the mushroom stage or the psychedelic breakfast as I really have a passion for psychedelic trance
      I am looking forward to meeting you!
      warmest regards,

      • berrega September 17, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

        Thanks for the comment. Its the first on that isn’t spam :-)
        See you at Alchemy. I’m working as photographer.

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