November 16th, 2017.
Today, for my first premiere in almost a fortnight, I brought the kickass pro Nikon camera, locked on my specialist low-light telephoto lens, and inserted my blisteringly fast memory card ....and only 20mins before heading to Leicester Square did i realise that I left the only battery I have for that camera back at my apartment where it's been charging since Paddington2 almost a fortnight ago.
So.... a premiere with just the Pentax, and just its kit lens, its sigma 10-20 wide-angle, and its short range portrait lens.... and a spot nowhere near the stage... for the first time double-Oscar winner Mel Gibson has been in London in (I'm told) a couple of decades.
No pressure, then. Here's how it went down:
So, that was that. And I'm not going to lie, even though I think I did pretty well with basically a DSLR with a kit lens at nighttime (something I haven't done for years, and certainly not voluntarily), I've also had more fun sitting at home wondering where my life is heading and coming to fairly pessimistic conclusions than being at this premiere. Once the stars went inside, I didn't stay in the hope of getting better photos if/when the stars left the cinema, or attempt to get a ticket to watch the film for free (they were handing them out near me) and perhaps photograph the stars inside on a stage.... I just wanted to go home where if it wasn't warm and comfortable, it was at least AWAY.
Until next time - when I'll probably have my 'real' camera to record the carnage in more loving detail at least!