June 8th, 2019.
A mere four’n’five days ago, London paid host to what historians will perhaps one day forget to refer to as the President of the United States and I managed to even snap a shot of the Beast (that’s POTUS’ car) and its occupant and some of the protests and protesters too.
With the Queen’s carriage having passed by, we shifted position to the left side of the park facing Horse Guard’s Palace. This is the hardest location from which to photograph, as not only is it four or five deep, crowd-wise, but the terrain slopes downwards from the front. Still…. it passes the time in the hour we have to shift location again before they shut the road down again.
Photography proved tricky even with a 300mm lens on the Pentax (450mm equivalent full-frame) so we shifted to our third location out of four. The main consideration wasn’t just to take more decent photos, but be in a good position for the opening of the gates to allow the public to walk along the Centre of the Mall towards the palace to photograph the Royals on the balcony. Sadly, I went conservative and stayed near the back, but this year unlike the prior two years it seemed they opened the gates at three different locations.
So, that was that. It was fun, possibly slightly less successful than last year overall, but I had good Nikon, a lens with more reach than last year on the Pentax, AND a camera with 360-degree field of view. And I found a nice pub afterwards to while away a few hours.
Until next time? Hard to say.