This is the second year that I’ve been fortunate enough to photograph the annual Carnival in Fleet, Hampshire.
Last year, I had just arrived in Fleet and the carnival was very new to me, but this year I was a little bit wiser and I paced myself. I was so knackered last year, I could barely lift one foot in front of the other, walking back to the car at the end of the day. This year, I actually went dancing (Jive) in Portsmouth afterwards… much better. It may have helped that this year I shot the whole event on two Fuji mirrorless cameras. Last year I was humping around two huge Canon DSLRs and camera bag. They weighed a ton and after 5-6 hours, I had had enough. Fuji’s cameras are small, light, unobtrusive and they’re also silent. Perfect for capturing those candid moments. Because of their electronic shutters which allow me to shoot at a mind-blowing 1/32000 sec, I can shoot wide-open at maximum aperture in full sun, giving me those lovely soft, blurred-out backgrounds that everyone likes.
So this is one Saturday when I stop being a wedding photographer and give a bit back to the fantastic north Hampshire community. The people are lovely (I mean seriously nice) in Fleet and it’s probably why this part of Hampshire is so often rated as one of the happiest places to live in the UK. The Carnival had over 40 floats and the main shopping street was absolutely packed with cheering crowds. At the end of it is a huge fun fair in a local park and over the weekend, loads of other events are going on. We had rain and we had sun, and from my point of view, both gave great photo opportunities.
Money raised from the event goes towards local charities, so as well as being great fun to attend, you know that worthy causes are being supported.
Here are some of my favourites. Click on any to enlarge. Please post you comments or questions at the bottom of the page.
Gea list: Fuji Xt1, Fuji XRro2, (Lenses used: 23mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and 90mm f/2)