The Royal Wedding

(Above Panoramic) Harry and Meghan turning the last corner towards the long walk on Albert Road. Arca Swiss 4x5

The crowd was ecstatic during the procession, even standing on a ladder I could hardly see over the crowd. I must admit after waiting an hour and half to take this shot, I was shocked when everybody jumped in front of my lens. It certainly captures the excitement everyone had that day!

I thought the royal wedding would be a great opportunity to try out some film photography, an event like this certainly doesn't come around often. I brought my 4x5 for some tilt shift fun and my Minolta, I knew there would be thousands of digital photos captured so why bother copying everyone else?

Windsor Royal Wedding 2018  Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

The long Walk, this is a view from Albert Road looking south. Arca Swiis 4x5

This is definitely my favourite photograph of the day, the depth and tilt effect give a great atmosphere particularly when viewed large.

To take this photo I used a step ladder for higher elevation, then tilted the lens forward and to the right. This brought everyone into focus from the foreground to the horizon, creating a nice miniature vintage effect.

A big thank you to the police at the event who allowed me to take this photograph right next to their security checkpoint!

Windsor Royal Wedding 2018  Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Royal Wedding 2018  Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Windsor Royal Wedding 2018  Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Generation Mobile Phone Windsor Royal Wedding 2018  Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

Mobile Generation

I was stunned by the amount of mobile phones out when the procession was passing, still makes a fun photograph that will be interesting to look back on in 50 years. I had a great time walking around with the 4x5 and chatting with people about it, its great to see people taking interest in camera history. With the current generation growing up with mobile devices, most children these days have never even held a negative let alone made one. I think its important that we take vintage cameras out into the field and keep photographic history relevant, for a lot of people its the first time seeing a view camera and an opportunity to share information. Plus dressing the part with a vintage camera at such a historic event gets a few good laughs! 

Finally I would like to thank all the police and security at the event, without them huge public events like these could not exist! 

Photographs taken on Minolta SLR with 50mm f/2

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