HM Queen Elizabeth II … pt 2.

Wednesday 14th was the day of the ceremonial procession from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall where her late majesty would lay in state until the funeral.

I was allocated an elevated “rota” position on The Mall . The procession was due to start at 2:30pm but having checked out the position the day before, I wanted to ensure that I had the forward corner position to enable me to shoot the approaching procession so after waiting for a pret to open for my breakfast, I arrived at the position slightly after 7:35. Yet again a long wait ensued.

My position (iPhone)

The above image shows my position. An hour or two before the procession I set up a GFX50R with the Laowa 17mm, clamping it to the scaffolding to be triggered by a pocket wizard setup to get a wide image of the procession. The difficulty then is to ignore the camera and not keep fiddling / testing / adjusting it all the time up to till its needed.

GFX50R / 17mm @F5.6 ISO 320

The GFX was being triggered by either the HS2 or TX3 which I would be shooting in a burst mode, however the GFX would only fire on the first shutter press. To get rou5nd that and get a burst from the GFX I set it up in a bracketing mode (shutterspeed) at +/- third of a stop which got be 5 frames per burst.

GFX50R / 17mm @F5.6 ISO 320

Alongside the GFX I had two other cameras set up: The X-H2S with the 150-600 plus an X-T3 with 50-140 (both triggering the GFX).

X-H2S / 150-600 (at 730mm Equiv) F7.1 1/500th

As the procession moved down the Mall I started with the longer of the cameras, trying to pick smaller frames and members of the royal family from the scene.

X-H2S / 150-600 (at 458mm Equiv) F6.4 1/500th

Shooting with a fixed shutter speed and a changing aperture (due to the zoom), the ISO was reducing as the procession moved closer. These three images give an idea of the flexibility and aperture changing.

X-H2S / 150-600 (at 225mm Equiv) F5.6 1/500th

Once the procession got to this point it was a quick switch to the X-T3.

X-T3 / 50-140 (at 75mm Equiv) 1/500th
X-T3 / 50-140 (at 99mm Equiv) 1/500th

Then back to the X-H2S for the final image(s) as her late Majesty moved away.

X-H2S / 150-600 (at 900mm Equiv) F8 1/500th

Once out of view it was sit down, edit the images (on the iPad following the workflow I have outlined previously), with pre-set metadata in ShutterSnitch, waiting for the public to disperse so I actually had a strong enough signal to actually transmit the images. (Long story but it seems 4G is far more robust in these situations than 5G).

So after getting to the stand at 7:40am(ish), I finally left it at about 3:30pm (maybe later). However the day was not finished yet, during the time on the stand I received details that I would have a 30 minute position at the Laying in state .. but thats for the next post..

I look forward to hearing your comments… Until the next time..

5 thoughts on “HM Queen Elizabeth II … pt 2.

  1. I attended both the Lying in State and the Procession at the Mall. I did not take any images as was wanting to see it with my own eyes. I appreciate the images that you have taken and the information of how you achieved them. Glad you were there on the day to record these amazing shots Julie !


  2. Nothing but admiration to your attention to detail, your meticulous methods of working, the pre thinking, the pre planning, all qualities of a true professione who loves what she does x


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