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Marching Band

By Focus_Man
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)

Tags: Photo journalism General Portraits and people

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Hoverflylover 6 41 1 England
22 Apr 2012 8:40AM
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.

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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 8:46AM
A great image which brings back thousands of good and bad memories. Thank you for sharing it.

Regards Nathan
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
22 Apr 2012 9:29AM
well composed Smile
mhfore 11 6 176 England
22 Apr 2012 9:32AM
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
puertouk 6 1.1k 17 United Kingdom
22 Apr 2012 10:38AM
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
banehawi Plus
13 1.8k 3863 Canada
22 Apr 2012 4:56PM
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.


paulbroad 10 123 1238 United Kingdom
23 Apr 2012 8:45AM
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.


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