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Lumiere 2015 in Durham City.

Nov 17th, 2015

It has been a busy few days for me over Durham’s fantastic light festival ‘Lumiere’. In this blog I’ll explain how I prepared for it, and shot it over two days for The Northen Echo.

Fogscape on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Part of the Lumiere event

Fogscape on the banks of the River Wear, Durham City. Part of the Lumiere event

The planning for the event as far as pictures started weeks ago but on Monday I met up with the journalists who would be covering the event and we discussed what the plans were for the preview and opening nights of the event.

Since I started working as a professional photographer ten years ago, I had always used a backpack camera bag but I wanted better access to my kit while out and about, especially in situations like Lumiere, where space is limited and needed to keep the kit I carried to a minimum. So I ordered a Case Logic DSM-103 Luminosity Messenger Bag from Wex, with enough size for my Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L, EF 70-200mm f2.8L, and a Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT. I planned to carry my Canon EOS 1Dx around my neck, so this bag was ideal for swapping lenses quickly and easily.

The ceiling of Durham Cathedral lit up for Lumiere. Picture: TOM BANKS

The ceiling of Durham Cathedral lit up for Lumiere. Picture: TOM BANKS

I also took my Giottos aluminium tripod with me, essential for keeping ISO numbers down, which I’d serviced the night before. The above image was taken using the tripod and the 16-35mm lens and the camera mounted back-to-front on the mount to allow me to point the camera directly upwards.

I was lucky to get all the detail in this picture as I beat most of the crowds outside and the lights inside the cathedral had not been turned down so they lit the detail of the arches.

'Fogscape' on the banks of the River Wear. Picture: TOM BANKS

‘Fogscape’ on the banks of the River Wear. Picture: TOM BANKS

Some images I took were hand-held (see below), so that meant using the Canon 1Dx’s amazing ISO range to its full advantage.

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All in all, a bit of planning, the right equipment and a lot of walking made for some great photos for the papers and their websites. Please take a browse through some of the pictures.

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