This week brought a last minute request to cover the launch of Hitchin Historic Society’s latest publication. The historical society is known for it’s books describing local history, however this launch event was for was a second volume of historic film clips on DVD, and also gave me the chance to meet former BBC newsreader and presenter Richard Whitmore.
Since this launch event was a DVD rather than a book the launch took place at the Queen Mother in the Richard Whitmore studio, (renamed in July 2014 in honour of Richard’s contribution to the development of this 74 seat theatre).
The launch itself was in 2 parts, a brief introducti0n by Richard, then a trailer for both the new DVD and some highlights from the original, and then a small drinks reception in the main part of the theatre.
I wanted to capture a few shots of Richard’s introduction which I was able to do from the side-lines, and then once show began I was keen to try and take a couple of shots of the show itself. Needless to say, trying to take pictures in a cinema was a challenge, but with the right settings and a very high ISO, I was able to get what I wanted.
The launch finished with a short speech from Phil Rowe thanking Richard and Sam Hallas and all the others involved for their efforts in putting the DVD together.
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