Behind the scenes
I cover a lot of corporate events. I don’t blog about everyone but it’s been
a while since I’ve taken photos in the London ‘Eye’ so I thought it was
In fact the ‘Eye’ was British Airways the last time round and now its
The weather in the day had been particularly excellent and the private champagne pod was booked from 7-8pm. Unfortunately it couldn’t have been any earlier and when we launched the sun had set and we had missed the ‘golden hour’.
The enclosed space and reflective surfaces in the pods can be challenging when using flash. Security restrictions also mean that you are limited to what equipment you can bring on. It’s cramped when at maximum capacity and 3 staff members are trying to move around and serve food and drinks.
As we set off the sky in the west was still pink and I balanced the flash with the outside ambient light to get balanced exposures.
This worked well in the beginning but when it became properly dark you could only make out the building and city lights, luckily London looks great with the lights off.
The lighting in the pod is almost nonexistent, except for when exiting, so after one round the lights came on [we stayed on] and I pushed the iso to around 4000 and fired away.
As usual the client had a web gallery and downloadable and corrected high res jpeg images available the next day with a CD-ROM in the post.
Gear & Tech
Canon 5d mark II / 580EX Flash with diffuser / Quantum Turbo 2×2
Canon 24-70 F2.8 / 8mm Sigma fish eye lens / Off-Camera Shoe Cord