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    Posted: 19 December 2023 at 16:52
Hi everyone,

Well, now for something completely different and, if I'm honest very British!

My daughter-in-law's parents live in a small-ish village near Lewes in East Sussex called South Heighton. This is firmly within the 'East Sussex Bonfire Triangle' which, at it's heart, is Lewes itself and which is renowned almost the World over for their November 5th display which has, increasingly, seen the town centre closed to all incoming traffic and visitor numbers heavily restricted.

South Heighton doesn't (quite) approach that but, as a small, local 'display' and march then it would be the first time we had experienced at close hand what this entails. The following doesn't show all the initial 'procession' as we couldn't get near enough to it, but what I can share here is the number of people at the halfway point; the sense of 'togetherness' and not a small amount of mayhem and general feeling of times gone by we experienced. The South Heighton 'group' are identified by the yellow and blue striped tops; others are from other bonfire societies. Let the mayhem commence....

1. Stopping Half Way



2. The Burning Sleds Arrive



3. Parking The Sled



4. The Flame Minder



5. "Watch that flame, lad"!!"



6. South Heighton banner



7. Teenagers: "Like Moths to a Flame"



8. The Procession Restarts



9. S.H.B.S. Rounding The Hillside

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10. Parade Leader




11. Main Body Follows Behind



12. Enjoying Themselves



13. The Memorial Torch


This was as a memorial to one of the younger Society team who sadly passed away during 2023 - a rather fitting way to be remembered?

14. Dressing Up



15. Young and Old Alike



16. Target: The Bonfire Field!



17. And Fireworks!



18. Multi-coloured



19. Above The Trees



20. Finale!



"An experience" barely fits the description of the evening but it's one I hope to try again next year, knowing more now what to expect. Also - going with cameras better able to deal with the very dark street scenes to enable the ISO to be bumped up a bit would be nice.

The history of the various Societies go back to the Tudor times (or beyond) and are often linked to Guy Fawkes in the UK, though the Lewes one also includes the burning of 17 Protestant martyrs in the High Street of the town around the same time. It all then becomes entwined in social injustices, returning soldiers from the Napoleonic Wars, smuggling - all the typical things which that part (and others ) of Britain went through in those years. It is now much more civilised (some would argue over that statement) but, generally, held with good intentions and does raise funding for local charities.

I hope you have enjoyed a 'bit of old England' and comments etc. most welcome!

Best regards, Neil.
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That's a great bit of documentary work, Neil. It's hard to choose winning images, but if I had to, maybe 10, 12 or 13 would be the main candidates. You mentioned going again with a camera more suited to the task - which one did you use here?

Thanks for sharing!
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Great photo reportage from small local society.
As Howard mentioned above, it is very hard to pick a favourite one. So my favs are: #10,12,13 and 16. And I am also curious how have you managed shooting with high ISO? An what ISO did you use? TFS
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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:

You mentioned going again with a camera more suited to the task - which one did you use here?


These were all a mix of a99 and a77ii - the a99 were all with the Sigma 24-70/2.8 EX DG HSM lens and the a77ii with the Sigma 70-200/2.8 EX DG HSM lens.

ISO for the a99 crowd scenes was 2000 and dropped down to 800 for the fireworks shots; for the a77ii the ISO was 1600. This was just about as far as I considered usable for both bodies - I have gone higher previously but I knew noise would be a problem for both cameras above that.

Processing was done initially in Lightroom paying attention to contrast and colour balance (tricky with the flares and torches throwing light into the overhead trees etc down the lane).These were then further processed in Photoshop - I always find the end result from LR isn't quite what I look for so all images get 'tweaked' in Photoshop for the final conversion to jpegs.

I hope that's useful and the ideal is to go next year armed with a e-mount a series having some serious ISO capability!

Thanks and best regards, Neil.
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A fascinating set of images, Neil - somehow out of time! Well, it'S about a tradition.

My favorites are #9 and #11 - but #1 I would rank at the top. I see that I prefer more neutral color temperatures. In addition, #1 has a 3D character which is not as pronounced in the other images. The firework images (#17!) are great as well!

A great reportage, indeed!

I have checked dynamic range numbers for Sony cameras since you mention that newer camera models might fare better coming to terms with these (?) dark scenes. I really sometimes miss the A99V which provided quite a number of very good (hand-held) night shots using ISO 6400 for me. The A99M2 couldn't really beat it - subjectively it seemed to behave a bit worse at night shots. Migrating later on from the Sony A7RM2 to the A7RM4 has been an improvement, but not as big as I supposed it to be. I still think the A99V is an outstanding camera (and I quite often ponder to get a good used copy which would be still a perfect match for the Zeiss glass).

To cut that short: Think twice about getting rid of the A99V!
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