I woke up and checked the weather, it was a cold, dark and damp day. Not the best start for Preston’s first ever busking event.
From a photography viewpoint it could also make things difficult. I mean, no one really wants to stand in the rain taking pictures. One thing I did have in my favour however was the fact that I would be using the weather resistant Fuji X-T1 and 50-140mm lens.
I invested in the 50-140mm lens for my corporate work and it is a fantastic piece of kit. The selling point for me being the fast f2.8 aperture and superb image stabilisation, both vital when shooting events in low light or natural, candid portraits of people at work. I also own the 55-200mm lens which has more reach but no weather proofing, so that was staying home and dry on this occasion.
Fortunately (for the performers at least) there was a small covered stage area for the busking festival performances and rather oddly, the audience’s covered area was about 50 feet away. This meant frequent dashes out from under the covers to grab a few shots of the artists. In all honesty, the weather wasn’t too bad and there were some dry spells but you can’t help but feel for the organisers and performers when all your hard work is at the mercy of the British weather.
Here is a selection of pictures taken. You can see the rain on some of the images if you look closely.
The event was organised by Community Help Africa/UK and money raised is going to help underprivileged people in Africa and the UK achieve their full potential.
I was covering the event for Blog Preston.