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Further to the 'Medal awards' posted yesterday, this is the band that led the soldiers to their destination, Hamilton Square, where they received the freedom of Birkenhead.
You can see the 'Official Army Photographer to' the left.
Off camera flash used on manual. (Nissin)

Brand:NIKON CORPORATION
Camera:Nikon D5100 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:Nikon 18-105mm AF-S DX Nikkor Check out Nikon Nation!
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Apr 2012 - 10:18 AM
Focal Length:25mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/4.0
Aperture:f/14.0
Shutter Speed:1/200sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:400
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:On, Return detected
Title:Marching Band
Username:Focus_Man Focus_Man
Uploaded:22 Apr 2012 - 8:29 AM
Tags:General, Photo journalism, Portraits / people
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Hoverflylover
22 Apr 2012 - 8:40 AM

Its always difficult at these types of military displays as so very often you compete with hoards of people and, as you say, the military photographers who obviously gain the best positions for capturing the action. Overall you have achieved good dof with the shot and managed to frame the leader quite nicely. The buildings offer some distraction, as with the army photographer too. Had time permitted I might have tried for a shallower dof focusing on perhaps one individual to blur some of the background but I can appreciate you wanted to capture the whole of the procession. Overall an image that captures the mood.
Linda.

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43282 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2012 - 8:46 AM

A great image which brings back thousands of good and bad memories. Thank you for sharing it.

Regards Nathan

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cats_123
cats_123 e2 Member 104025 forum postscats_123 vcard Northern Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2012 - 9:29 AM

well composed Smile

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mhfore
mhfore  7 England176 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2012 - 9:32 AM

Morning Frank,

You did mingle and get in close, didn't you Wink

Frank I opened the image in RAW and recovered a bit of detail then when I opened the image into PS I applied "Overlay" which I think may have been to much. It seems (to my eye) to have gained a slight HDR look, not something I was after.

I don't know if it's a bird or spot of some sort in the sky, start with the drummer and go straight up just above the roof the it's on your left.

Take care
Martin

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puertouk
puertouk  31075 forum posts United Kingdom17 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2012 - 10:38 AM

I think a lot of photographers try and get everything into a shot, in this image, it's all of the band. Look at the army photographer and what he's up to. He's getting maybe an individual or maybe several others. This then is more personal, rather than having everyone in a shot. If you take an image at a wedding with everyone in the shot, compared to maybe 2 to 6 people I think it has more impact with the smaller group. Look at the photo journalist and their shots. The ones they take of a large crowd, say a demonstration, it only portays a large crown. But when the photographer gets in close and takes a shot of several individuals, it becomes more real. It tells a story of the individuals and maybe show anger or delight. They say every picture tells a story. Hope this of some help, if not sorry for rambling.
Happy snapping
Stephen

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banehawi
banehawi Critique Team 10875 forum postsbanehawi vcard Canada2875 Constructive Critique Points
22 Apr 2012 - 4:56 PM

That man in the second spot look very uncomfortable! I wish I could kneel like that Army photographer, - and two cameras too..

Its a nice shot, though to me, or my monitor, looks a tad yellow overall, so loaded a mod.



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Willie

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paulbroad
paulbroad  781 forum posts United Kingdom855 Constructive Critique Points
23 Apr 2012 - 8:45 AM

A decent record of the event with a lot to look at. The image does seem a trifle flat? The army man is using a long lens and concentrating on faces and expressions, which is what I would have done. You do need the general shot though.

Paul

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