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Advanced Coronation Techniques

14 Sep 2020 11:42AM   Views : 280 Unique : 167

We need go no further for our advanced education on the techniques for shooting coronations than the AP issue dated 12th June 1911. In this case we are of course meaning the coronation of King George V. The first good advice is that we should not erect our tripods in the way of the coronation procession, lest we should be trampled by the hooves of the horses. This is probably sound advice.

So, denied that viewpoint the only answer is to seek out a property overlooking the coronation route and install ourselves in a suitable manner. Everyone overlooking Wimbledon could also usefully note what follows.

The first techniques involve a horizontal jib of wood extending from the roof, from which a rope will be dangled to hold the photographer, possibly in a harness as illustrated but possibly not. However, be cautioned that the rope may rotate, leaving the hapless shooter pointing towards the wall. The final solution is to have two ropes and the photographer can be lowered out of a window, back resting against the wall. Brilliant!

Somebody at the back just asked why the photographer couldn't just stand at the window and look out?


Now, who thought that photographers in 1911 were as straight-laced as a starched collar and had no sense of humour?

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