So Today I had a small intimate wedding to photograph. Just a ceremony and a few group shots with a group of people who were definitely having the most amount of fun you could have at a wedding.

I haven’t photographed a wedding for about a year, so I was a little nervous to be honest, but I had nothing to worry about. The Bride and Groom made me feel very welcome and many a laugh was had.

So before I sit down to look at each photo carefully and decide which ones I’m going to put into a photobook, I am going to put a few right here.

Here’s to my next wedding! (to photograph, not take part in)

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Starting last year, Endless Summer 2016 marks the second annual VW Show hosted by Allan Shepherd at Basingstoke War Memorial Park. The event is held to support Naomi House and Jacksplace, an awesome charity that provides expert hospice care to more than 280 life-limited and life-threatened children, young people and their extended families from Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Berkshire, West Sussex, Surrey and the Isle of Wight.

This year showed a lot of familiar faces and some new ones. Compared to last year, this was a good step up, with more stands, more facilities/activities and certainly more cars. The way this event is growing, I think the might have to spread it over a weekend, come 5 years or so.

As usual, theLAB head down as official sponsors of the event and also designed and printed a LTD Edition T-Shirt for the event, design by yours truly.

I put together this edit to showcase a handful of the local car talent among the VAG community.


Filmed and Edited by Ross Penny
Song: Endless Summer – The Midnight
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Every year just seems to outdo itself when it comes to NASS, and this year was no different.

Crazy riding, crazy nights, and crazy good gestures…. Sometimes you need a video half an hour long to try get someone to experience how great a weekend was for a small group of friends running a clothing label, and even then that is never enough.

Here is some highlights from the BMX side of NASS.

DISCLAIMER: Parental Advisory – Contains Mild Nudity.


Song: Wugazi – Shame On Blue
Filmed and Edited by Ross Penny

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At the weekend, I shot some photo’s for a Burlesque show put on by Kristyl Rose.

This took place in Sanctuary, Basingstoke. I had never shot a Burlesque show before, or even watched one, so I wasn’t really sure what to expect.

I immediately hit, probably the worst, problem for a photographer – extreme low light. The lighting in Sanctuary is shocking if you’re taking photo’s, it always has been and I have come into this problem before, but never for a client. I ended up placing my LED light at the side of the stage to give some extra light, and I relied solely on my 35mm f/1.4 purely because of the low aperture. When using the 35mm, I immediately hit another problem…. not much space to move about the stage area at all, so 35mm on a crop sensor gives very limited range.

All that said, I did what I could and it seems everyone was happy with the results, which I’m happy about because I hate using an ISO above 1600, and I shot most of the pictures in 1600/2500 so the noise wasn’t great when editing them. I also had to shoot in around 1/80-1/100, which, FYI, I don’t recommend when shooting dancers, as the move around a fair bit….

Either way, I’ve put together a couple of edits to post here, on my newly “design-revamped” website.

I’ve also just invested in a couple new lenses and a Lightning to SD Card reader, so hopefully I will be able to update the website more than about once a year as it seems I’m doing currently.

Watch this space…

 

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Last weekend, I head to Dismaland after getting tickets from a very Dismal and uncooperative website.

Banksy is pretty well known for shutting exhibitions down with the sheer volume of people wanting to see his new work, and wether his identity is still a mystery or not, his marketing team is extremely good at only letting you know what they want and when they want.

His last exhibition in London was free and there was queue’s left right and centre for it, so it was always known that Dismaland was gonna be a hit. When they released the fact that there would be tickets for only £3 I saw mixed emotions, some people said it was a money making scheme, but most were stoked at such a low price to see artwork from over 50 different artists – I was one of those people. So when tickets finally came on sale I snapped them up and head down on the first weekend that it was open to more than just the residents of surrounding areas. As it was only open for 5 weeks, taking the 4 hour round trip could realistically only be done on a weekend.

The experience itself was pretty surreal, the staff there were such a huge input to the experience and the composition of the whole place was incredible. Not to mention the artwork and the very strong messages put across by most of it. The artwork varied massively from paintings, props, pictures, creations, all the way to giant sculptures and just the fact that the Dismaland itself and experience within was basically a work of art in itself.

Banksy couldn’t have chosen a better location either, even when you “exit through the giftshop” back to ‘reality’ and walk along the beach, it doesn’t 100% feel like you’ve actually left. With stalls charging £2 for a game that would be impossible to win such a terrible prize, to donkeys pulling around a giant Thomas the Tank Engine cart. Weston Super Mare definitely has character to say the least.

I strongly urge anyone to head down to Dismaland, at least just for the experience. I also highly recommend getting tickets in advance off the website (they release tickets 7 days at a time, which quickly sell out) as when we went down, the Walk-In que was shut by 1.30pm…

If you don’t get to go down there, the coverage it has got is world wide, so I’m sure you’ll be able to find pictures or videos of the entire park. It’s not quite as amazing as experiencing it first hand, but here are a few of the pictures that I grabbed when I was there. All pictures I took that day can be viewed here.

 

This year saw the first VW show in Basingstoke (our home town) and theLAB were asked to sponsor the event, which we were more than happy to do.

It was a great day and probably one of the best VW Shows I’ve been to, maybe because I knew most the people that were there, maybe because it took me 5 mins to drive home, but either way the atmosphere was great and the range of cars was pretty impressive too. You could really tell some time and effort went into a lot of the cars that were there.

The whole event was to raise money for Naomi House & Jacksplace Charity – naomihouse.org.uk.
theLAB made a LTD Edition T-Shirt for the event in which half the money went to charity; which sold out so fast that we had to take special orders for some people to get them printed especially so we could raise as much as possible for such a good cause.

Naturally, I made an edit, because that’s what I do, and as it was my 3rd edit in the space of about a month and a half, after having nearly a year without filming anything. So I think I’ve stared through a viewfinder and at a computer screen enough for a while now. So enjoy this one; or else.


Song: Dr Dre – The Next Episode ft. Snoop Dogg (San Holo Remix)

Filmed and Edited by Ross Penny (with help from Chester Joe)

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The weekend before Boardmasters this year, I got a phone call from Lil Man asking if I wanted to go down to Newquay to film the Pro Finals. I agreed to it, but as it got closer I realised that it would mean waking up at 3.30am on a Sunday to drive 210 miles, film a 3 hour contest, then drive back in traffic…. and also as it got closer, the weather decided to turn slowly…

Nevertheless, I still took the trip down (fuelled by Monster) with Lil Man after about 4 hours sleep and ended up getting home that night about 9pm. So I was pretty tired to say the least.

But after a 17.5 hour day, I saw some incredible riding, caught up with a load of people that I only really see at NASS or Boardmasters and I filmed a few clips, which I’ve handily put together into this edit.


Song: Kool & The Gang – Take It To The Top

Filmed and Edited by Ross Penny

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It’s been a while since I’ve done an edit, probably about a year, so I was a little rusty…

That said, this was the 6th year theLAB have been to NASS, the 5th year I had worked for them and also the 5th NASS edit for theLAB to come from me, so it’s a pretty special one really.

NASS 2015 brought some of the craziest BMX riding I’ve ever seen. From some ridiculous tech tricks, to airing 16ft out the top of a huge ramp and touching the ceiling. I did my best to capture and put in this video a lot of the highlights, but there are some I regrettable missed, such as the first double flair pulled in a competition by Ryan Taylor which was insane and the Best Trick contest, as I was attempting to jump my car so I could have a chance of getting home.

Needless to say, the weekend was pretty amazing as always, so sit back, watch, and hopefully enjoy NASS 2015 as if though the eyes of theLAB.

DISCLAIMER: Parental Advisory – Contains Mild Nudity.

So feast your eyes on the short and sweet video below, enjoy it, share it, like it, and don’t tell me if you don’t do any of those things…


Song: Doomtree – The Grand Experiment

Filmed and Edited by Ross Penny

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Recently I have been asked to shoot a few weddings and parties, and it occurred to me as I only use one camera body, that using prime lenses can be a bit of a pain in the ass when you don’t have the time to set up the perfect shot or move around much.

So a couple months back I started to do some research online for a decent low aperture zoom lens and the choices were high and ranged in prices dramatically. After a few chats and advice from other photographers and a bit of shopping around to get the right price, I went for the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8.

The lens itself is a great piece of glass, with sturdy build quality and excellent depth of field when on a low aperture. The focal point is really sharp too, I think the only thing I noticed which was a pain, was when filming action shots, the auto-focus was a tad slow, but there’s obviously ways to get around that.

I took the lens to a couple places, first of all I took it on a dog walk to try out the movement/focus/action shot side of things for when my dog was running towards me etc. I then took it on a shoot of my friends car, which was much easier because it was parked….
I then took it on holiday with hopes of taking a lot of portrait style pictures etc., but I ended up just having fun on holiday and not taking camera out most of the time….

That said, I have chosen a few shots from those times to edit a bit and I am pretty happy with how they turned out, so I guess you can say I’m pretty happy with my purchase!

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I haven’t done a write up in a while, so I’m a bit rusty at this….

Rucksack Society is a clothes shop that has opened on Wote Street in Basingstoke by a bunch of guys who were obviously sick of the only places to buy clothes in Basingstoke being Topman and Primark…

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Rucksack Society is a street wear store stocking brands such as The Hundreds, HUF, Diamond Supply co, Thrasher, Grizzly, Primitive, The Quiet Life, Brixton, Mitchell&Ness, Majestic, Lakai, LRG, , REBEL8, theLAB, Crep Protect. Check out their website right HERE.

These boys took it upon themselves to contact us at theLAB when they were opening and asked to sell our stuff, which obviously, we were more than welcoming to. Since then, they have regularly got stock from us including a few new exclusive items, just for their shop, that we don’t actually sell ourselves.

The contacted us at the start of the year telling us that they were having a collaboration evening at the end of February where they would be getting designs from a few local artists to be making a very small line of LTD edition T-shirts and they asked us if we wanted to come up with a design too. We were very keen with this, especially as the artists that they had asked are all close friends of theLAB.

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One morning, Lil man sent me a text whilst I was walking the dog and asked if I had any ideas for the shirt, so I talked to the guys and we all came up with a few rough designs to pitch to the boys at Rucksack. They came back with a favourite…. and I guess the rest is history.

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The night itself was a good night, from 6-8pm, with a decent turn out. Capri Suns, Lollypops and refreshments were even on offer, so if you came down, you were right spoilt.
Rucksack created 10 LTD own brand shirts, as well as the ones they made up for the artists on the night. The artists consisted of were Bill Thorpe (Dirty30), Alex Simpson (co-incidentally also the guy that does pretty much all my tattoos) and Lee “Nzie” Baker (a graffiti artist, that has also done some work for me). With all the Artists and theLAB there, it brought in quite a decent crowd, and with the LTD range of 60 odd shirts (between all 5 designs), after the event was over, there must’ve only been around 25 shirts left – Which are available either in store or on the Rucksack Society website – but once they’re gone, THEY’RE GONE so snap them up now, while you still can.

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So come down to Basingstoke and check out the store, because it’s certainly one of a kind. Also, with the local MP and Newspaper coming down to the event, this event was quite a success, so hopefully you should be hearing about quite a few in the future, so keep an eye out!

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