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St Georges day parade #photography


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It’s St George’s Day on Thursday, but the events were last weekend. This is the Stone Cross St George’s day parade in West Bromwich. When I’m photographing an event, I try to tell a story in pictures and then add words to the story.

You can at least see there were a lot of people and a security and police presence to organise everything.

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I used a 55 – 300 mm lens so I could zoom in to get shots like this. The focusing isn’t great, but it doesn’t matter, you can see the crowd.

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It was cloudy and the light wasn’t very good and I was freezing, the wind really made my fingers cold. I even went back to the car and got fingerless gloves to wear. I wanted to get some close ups of the pipers and the people leading the parade.

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I think it’s important to capture the spirit of the event and close ups like this seem to do that better. Events like these are good because there is a lot of colour.

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I intend to photograph a few events through the summer. The people make the summer events interesting, so try to do close ups of the people. I photographed an event on Saturday too and was able to use the 18-105 mm lens and so got better pictures. It was a sunny day too, so that helped.

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Occasionally people stop and are aware of the camera or stop and pose. At an event, you can’t fiddle about getting the right camera setting, you just keep shooting with a fast speed, so a wide aperture too. The wide aperture means you might only get one person in focus with a shot like this. They are reasonable pictures though considering the poor light. The press photographer who took pictures earlier had people posing  so got better pictures. I had to photograph them on the move, but that is more interesting.

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Not many people smiled for the camera, but they were probably cold too! It was the first time I had photographed this event; next time I’ll probably use the 18 – 105 mm lens and maybe take the speedlight too. I’ll wear a thicker sweater as well!

That’s it for today, I hope you enjoyed this post and it has inspired you to photograph a few events through summer. You can follow this blog, comment or follow me on twitter for updates.

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