Fusiliers homecoming to Kenilworth….Documentary style photography
When I first heard about the Royal regiment of Fusiliers having a homecoming parade I knew that I had to attend. The regiment lost four of its men in Afghanistan last summer and recruits largely from the Midlands. I wanted to attend for two reasons. The first reason was to show my support and appreciation for what they are doing on my behalf. Secondly ,it was going to be a great opportunity to improve my documentary style image taking. My course at Coventry University is heavily based around this style of photography so the sooner I get stuck into this the better. I have always been keen on candid street style photography so this is not a million miles away. My technique just needs to be fine tuned. I tried not to go for the ‘obvious’ style shots and look a bit more around me at footwear and minor details etc…
Well the weather was bright and sunny which as photographers we know is quite harsh light to be shooting in. I had to position myself away from the sun where possible or use its presence to my advantage. This came in handy when I decided to shoot abstract style shots using shadows as part of the image. I was mostly using a 70-200mm zoom lens without a tripod so image sharpness was always going to be an issue. However, after filtering through my final images I believe that I managed to get a few good shots.
There was a very good atmosphere and a very relaxed attitude towards candid street photography. A rarity these days. The very high security presence ensured that everything ran smoothly. I am going to attend more public events such as this in the future. It may seem simple but the more that I shoot the better I will get. I understand now why most professional photographers who were there had at least two camera bodies with them. I do however understand that this does not make you a better photographer, it just means that you are more prepared for when that split second opportunity lands at your feet.