The Play People at Mannifest 2010

The Play People

The Play People at Mannifest 2010

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The Play People are a group of people who do circus skills, street running, fire shows, and much more. They were set up in the childrens area at Mannifest where they were entertaining young and old, as well as performing fire shows and free running on the scaffolding in the main festival site.

The Play People

Michael Bell - The Play People

Joanna Taylor - The Play People

The Play People

The Play People

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Photographers Notes:
While I was wandering around waiting for the next band to come on stage, I met Mark Eastham who was just about to take some photos of The Play People, but when he spotted me he asked if I could do them since I had a better camera. I think it is more about the person behind the camera rather than the actual camera but I ignored his comment and said I would do it.

They just wanted a few photos for their website taken in front of the scaffold tower they had been using in some of their acts incorporating their banner. The problem was the way they had it set up meant that the sun was behind them. Which meant that I was shooting in to the sun and the result was everyone was silhouetted. Once I pointed this out they moved the banner and we took the photos from the other side trying not to squint to much.

The problem for me was the scene was quite wide to fit everyone in. Perhaps a wider angle lens would have enabled me to get closer and still get everyone in but I didn’t have one, so everyone is very small in the photo. They also wanted acton shots of the guy mid air doing a flip off the scaffold, which needed a fast shutters speed, but also to get everone in focus a small apperture was needed. Luckily it was a bright sunny day which enabled me to do this. My main concern was to try and keep the sky properly exposed rather than been washed out, and also to use a bit of fill in flash to reduce any shadows on the faces caused by hats and wigs.

End Notes:
Check out their website http://www.theplaypeople.com/

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