It was the longest day this year so far. After spending a full day at work, later in the evening I found myself at a masquerade party. On my way home, I missed my train just by a second and after a refreshing stroll along Southbank, I was finally home by midnight.
The event took place at the glamorous Roof Gardens on Kensington High Street. The crowd was mainly Lithuanian and Russian, and a few English speaking people.
The Carnival coincided with London Fashion Week and everyone was encouraged to wear a mask or a costume. However, not everyone did, including me. In my defence, I ordered my mask online and it didn’t arrive on time. In fact, it still hasn’t arrived!
My main objective at the party was to play with my new lens and figure out the best ways of shooting in low light. And oh my word, did I find it challenging!? Yes, I did! The bar kept changing lights, which was fun, but not for my camera settings. I was totally out of my comfort zone, but nonetheless, I enjoyed the learning curve.
I am still shy when taking photos of people. I get especially nervous when people pose for me, no pressure then!
The event kick started with a smooth cocktail and a performance by Laura Laurita, an independent Lithuanian/Russian Electro Pop, Dance, Soul, and RnB singer.
The entertainment continued with a fashion show by an independent Lithuanian designer Daiva Mikuckiene. Daiva is a recognised creator of vintage, needlework, and baroque couture.
I was standing quite far away from the stage, with other people’s phones and cameras in my face. The stage was poorly lit, but one has to do their best with what they have. I am looking forward to getting to know my new lens better.