I was recently asked to help provide photography coverage for a music festival held at Rossington Miners Welfare. I hadnt covered an event in a little while, as my main focus has been weddings and portraiture, so I was quite excited for this. Big thanks to Mandy Holden for asking me to photograph the festival.

It was also a great opportunity for me to catch up with my good friend and fellow photographer Harvey Cooper who also captured some amazing moments!

The festival had the title Wellyfest and was similar to Tribfest with tribute acts, and it’s the first of it’s kind to be held in Rossington, so it was a real honour to capture the day. The weather was fantastic, barely a cloud in the sky (photographers nightmare) and it was pretty warm out there.

Without question the talented singers and dancers were fantastic! From ABBA, Lady Gaga to Beyonce, the whole day just had a good vibe about it. Along with the singers and dancers lots of rides were scattered around, from slides to trampolines, and later in the day the children and the host had a huge water fight, which ended with a big plate of beans being thrown into his face!

This year I have completely focused on working as a wedding photographer, and I am a prime shooter (no zoomy zoom) it did mean I had to take some extra steps to make sure I was geared up for this. Sony lenses are expensive, like crazy expensive, and you could easily buy a decent car for the price of a piece of good Sony glass. Rather than spend £2500 on a lens that I may or may not use again, I went ahead and rented the Sony FE 70-200 f2.8 GM from the good guys at lenspimp.com.

I had never rented a lens or any type of equipment before so this was all new to me, but I can safely say the procedure was incredibly simple. Adham from lensPimp was in constant contact with me, explaining when it will be delivered and what date it would be collected and I was very impressed with the customer service! All in all I had the lens for three days, and I must say the lens won me over big time. The colours and contrast was exceptional, and I can safely say this was one of the sharpest lenses I have ever used, at all focal lengths. I am still a 35mm prime shooter, but if I had to use this lens again I’d be very confident in it’s capabilities.

I went into this with my A7Riii attached to the 70-200 and my A7ii with the 35mm, but in the end I barely used the 35mm! In my opinion if you have to cover an event the 70-200 is a must have lens.

Here’s some sample photos of the event: