Last Thursday the PdOC Society hosted this year’s Christmas formal at St John’s College. We had 210 postdocs and others in attendance, making it one of the biggest events our society has organised. Everyone had dressed up for the occasion but santa hats were surprisingly absent, we did however get paper crowns. Normally I would take a lot of photos, but I have done so much photography lately, so I was trying to hold back a bit and enjoy the dinner instead.
Back home I was deciding whether to bring the new camera or the old one to the formal. The new one has better auto-focus for low light, a bit better dynamic range and ISO, however, the files are humongous. The big file size means that viewing, sorting and editing them afterwards takes a longer time. For that reason alone I decided to bring the old D700 with my trusted 50 mm lens. It also takes beautiful pictures, in a more manageable size. Besides, having good lights matters more than which camera I am using. For some of the photos here I used an external flash triggered remotely from my camera which I will talk more about in my next blog post.
Okay, I will cheat and include a photo from the formal hall we had at St John’s College back in April 2013. At some point I will try and go through some of the old photos I have prior to the blog started and share them on the blog.
It was a great party, organised by Alice Hutchins, Joy Ward and the rest of the social events crew.