Open Shutter Night at the Woolpack

Last night was ‘Open Shutter Night’ at the Brighton & Sussex Photography User Group at the Woolpack pub in Burgess Hill; and ‘open shutter’ it was! Bulb setting, tripods, woolly mits and warm hats were the order of the rather cold night.

A fire breather (previously known as a fire-eater) had been arranged to perform for us in the pub’s car park; he was keeping himself warm by spouting flames from his mouth, juggling with fiery batons, twirling flaming orbs, and – reminiscent of the Balrog in Lord of the Rings – cracking a flaming whip – all for our benefit.

Here are a few of my shots from the night. Exposures times were between 1 and 4 seconds; ISO mostly 100, some at 320; aperture f/4 to f/8.


Following the fire-breather, the group looked at using a Speedlite as a strobe, painting with light, and making ghost figures.

The next event is The Psychology of Wedding & Portrait Photography with Daniel Venter on Monday 12th March at 7:00pm.  Drop me an email if you are thinking of going, and I’ll see you there.

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One Comment

  1. Chris Cook February 7, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Great pictures Geoff. The form doesn’t like my gmail email address though

    I bet these blow up as great abstract images

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