Sunday, 17 December 2017

Christmas at The Kidlington Centre and in the High Street

The Kidlington Centre along with the Local Council held the Kidlington Christmas light switch-on on the 30th November 2017.
The Kidlington Centre was lucky enough to have a special visit from Santa who came and visited - in his Grotto - the local youngsters. Santa was ably assisted by two Elves, Candice and Amelia who swapped their usual jobs as Account Managers to help and entertain the kids.
Santa was not the only one who we were lucky to have that evening because after a sucessful Halloween, Jade our local face painter, painted festive little scenes on all the faces of the children who visited Santa and the shops, many of whom were open that special evening.
Waiting excitedly to see Santa were Louis Brownsill, Ollie and Theo Cole and Stacey and Kelly Mukarakate.
Having their face painted was Eleanor Mckeever and Amber East.
Paying a special visit, both in the Centre and in the High Street, Twinkle the very tall lady made all the passers-by but especially the kids smile.
On stage we had Edward Feild school singing in what looked like a snowstorm, also performing were the Oxford Stage Coach performers and a choir from Gosford Hill comprising both Teachers and Students.
Santa left The Kidlington Centre for a brief time to switch on the Lights that illuminated Kidlington.
From begining to end the High Street and The Kidlington Centre have never been so full of people who were having a great time supporting charities and buying sweets and food from Venders all along the High Street. Within the Centre the Shops were giving away mince pies and drinks and Ubuntu held a raffle and Tombola.

Monday, 30 October 2017

Halloween 2017

The Kidlington Centre had a special week last week,
The Kids of Kidlington were encouraged to dress up in Halloween costumes and visit the Centre shops where they were given free sweets. The Kidlington Centre also provided a face painter on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Jade was the painter and she was very good and all the Kids had a great time, hunting spiders eating sweets and frightening everyone.
I was asked to take some pictures so I set up a couple of lights in a "clamshell" configuration, so that I could get some reasonable images of the finished painted faces.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Sublime Science 2017


The Kidlington Centre hosted another visit from Sublime Science for the Kids of Kidlington on Friday 4th August..

I was asked to take a few photographs of the event, which was great fun.
I set up a basic cross lighting setup with two flashes on either side quite high up and pointing to the centre of the performance area and one flash on a monopod inside a small softbox which I used for any closeups.
The reason for the flashes were just in case the ambient light decreased, if it did then the flashes would allow me to continue to photograph at the same aperture and shutter-speed. So once set I didn't have anything to focus on other than getting the shots.
My setting were 1/125th sec at f9.0 ISO 200. I took around 500 images all of which were well exposed with no throwaway's.You can see one of the Umbrellas up in the left hand corner of the image the other one was on the right.

To see a few of the images you can click on the following link: