Remembrance Day Parade 2010

ND – Grey, Blue

On Sunday 14th November 2010…
…At 11am the gathered crowds and various representative groups of the armed forces fell silent for 2 minutes in respect of those that had died to defend us.

In 2010 the annual Remembrance Day Parade in Birmingham was centered on Centenary Square and I took a camera along to see if I could record something.

I have photographed events in Birmingham on a number of occasions, from the EDF Half Marathon to Rock Bands or Opera at Artsfest. I’ve covered Protest Marches to Single Individuals in Art Galleries, yet I felt less comfortable about covering the Remembrance Sunday Parade because it was a solemn and respectful occasion.

There were others around me, sporting a pair of high-end DSLRs around their necks, one with the standard pro’s 70-200mm F2.8 and the other with a large wide-angle pro lens. These people were roughly pushing past everyone or climbing all over every bit of street furniture in order to get the shots that they wanted. Sometimes I wish I was that pushy, but in this particular instance I didn’t feel it was right. So many of the shots that I would like to have made never happened.

However, with some care, I tried to approach some of the people involved in a way that they had a chance to turn away if they saw me, or nod a disapproving glance in my direction before I had hit the shutter button.

Salvation and Reflection

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 300mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F5.6, ISO 400, I wanted to depict just one Salvation Army Instrumentalist, but show him as part of the wider group. The reduced depth of field keeps this gentlemen as the main focus of the picture, with others around him blurred, however I really like the sharp reflection within his instrument itself showing his colleagues playing nearby.

I really like ‘Salvation and Reflection’. I was at the back of a crowd, trying to get a view through the swaying heads in front of me of the Salvation Army Brass Band that was quite close by. The Nikkor 70-300mm lens I was using gave me the reach that I needed for this candid shot, and I used all of it to finally grab this one image when the view was wide enough for me to take it. I really like how just this one instrumentalist has been isolated, yet you can clearly see a reflection of some of his colleagues in the shiny brass of his instrument. In post-processing I fully de-saturated it as I felt a monochrome approach was more solemn and in keeping with this occasion, and I pushed the contrast up a little, but otherwise kept the image a little ‘soft’ in sympathy.


Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 155mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F4.8, ISO 500, I love the varied looks of Pride, Adventure and Humility on the faces of this group. You'll have noticed from my other posts that I don't normally point a camera at someone who sees me do it, to be honest I feel that I'm invading their space and it's something that I'm quite sensitive to. I was especially sensitive at this event given that it was a dignified marking of those that have paid the ultimate price to protect others. I hope these gentlemen were not offended by me running in front of them and pointing a big lens at them.

This is another favourite shot, and became more so when I started to read about the Hussars. In this case we see The Queen’s Royal Hussars. For me the thing that makes this shot, and I believe sums up this group, are the looks (in order, L-R) of Pride, Adventure and Humility on the faces of the three gentlemen at the front.


Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 220mm, Exposure 1/320 @ F5.3, ISO 640, Post Processed so that Red was the dominant colour for obvious reasons.

People of course were leaving individual mementos to those that had been lost outside the Hall of Memory in Centenary Square.

Brass and Red

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-300mm F4.5-5.6G AF-S VR @ 112mm, Exposure 1/250 @ F6.3, ISO 500, A simple shot outside Baskerville House near the end of the march.

I hope pointing a camera lens at various people didn’t offend, and I’ll try to keep it low-key when I attend this event again in 2011.

Have fun,

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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