Jane Austen Festival 2016 – photos online!

The official photos from the Jane Austen Festival, Bath 2016 are now online – here are all 736 of them. I have organised them by event so you have a chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd! The 2016 Festival was a great success, despite it raining on our Promenade. Hundreds of people, gorgeous costumes, fascinating events and a musical version of Pride and Prejudice – what more could one ask for? Roll on September 2017 when we can do it all again :)

Events included: Promenade, Masked Ball, Country Dance, Silhouette cutting workshop, Austen Undone! comedy tour of Bath, and lots of dance practice. As always, if I have included a photo of you which you don’t like please let me know and I will remove it.

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Jane Austen Festival 2015 – photos!

The official photos from the Jane Austen Festival 2015 are now online – here are all 1408 of them. I have organised them by event so you have a chance to find yourselves amongst the crowd! The 2015 Festival was a great success, despite some rain as we gathered for the Promenade. Hundreds of people, gorgeous costumes, fascinating events and we even got sunshine at the end of the Promenade – what more could one ask for? Roll on September 2016 when we can do it all again :)

Events included: Promenade, Masked Ball, Country Dance, Bonnet Workshop, Austen Undone!, A Taste of Bath and many more. As always, if I have included a photo of you which you don’t like please let me know and I will remove it.
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Regency Ball 2015 at the Guildhall, Bath


The annual Jane Austen summer Regency Ball, organised by the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, was once again a splendid success! Over 130 people attended the event, and 100 of those had been to the dance practice earlier in the day, which I’m sure paid off during the evening. Although I didn’t take any photos of the food, I can tell you that it was delicious :)

As well as the short video above, I took lots of photos of which I edited 404 and put them online for anyone to enjoy: http://owenbensonvisuals.photoshelter.com/gallery/Regency-Ball-2015/G0000zp3NFNHRZhY/C0000hJBcj4id8zo

Next up is the Jane Austen Festival itself, from 11-20 September – still tickets left for many events, if you too would like to join the Regency crowd.

Jane Austen Festival 2014 in Bath

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What a week it has been! Seven days of events and it’s not over yet. It began last Saturday with the Promenade through Bath in Regency dress and I have just finished editing 421 photos (out of the nearly 1,000 which I took!) and put them online. You can find them here along with lots of other events from the Festival.

I will be uploading photos from many other events as I have time to edit them, including last night’s wonderful Masked Ball held in the Pump Rooms. But that was another 1,000 photos so it may take me another week to edit them all :)

Regency Ball 2014 at the Guildhall in Bath

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For the last several years I have had the privilege of photographing the Regency Ball in Bath, organised by the Jane Austen Festival. It is a treat to capture all these people in their Regency costumes dancing with abandon in the Georgian splendour of the Guildhall. As a photographer there are several challenges – the light goes from predominantly daylight to all fairly dim flourescent, the dancers can move very quickly, and they fill the space. Every photo is a compromise between (just fast enough) shutter speed, (high) ISO, and (shallow) DOF. And in the middle of the evening everyone is equally lit by blue daylight on one side and green-ish/red-ish flourescent on their other side, requiring careful editing. But it’s all worth it when I get shots like the one above, showing the movement and fun to be had.

You can see the other 451 final images in my online gallery.

Regency ice-skating

Bath on Ice operate an ice-skating rink in the lovely Georgian city of Bath over the holiday period. Various national newspapers had asked for photos and they wanted a way to show off their rink and make it stand out from all others so they contacted the Jane Austen Centre (which is practically just across the road!) to borrow some Regency costumes for their skaters. As the official photog for the Jane Austen Centre, I was asked to take pics.

Lighting: 580ex II bare on camera right, 430ex II bare on camera left (standard cross lighting, as you can clearly see from the shadows!). Triggered with Pocket Wizard Mini-TT1 and Flex-TT5. Bath on Ice wanted shots after dark in order to show off their colourful lights but the newspapers specifically wanted action shots and the rink lights weren’t anything like bright enough for that. So, I had to use a mix of flash and available light. Usually this means a slow shutter speed, to pick up the available light, but I found that below 1/160 I got too much blur. My solution was to use a higher ISO (800) with shutter speeds of 1/160 or 1/200.

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