June 17th, 2017
At last year's Trooping the Colour, the Queen wore fluorescent nuclear green, hilarity ensued, and I photographed the event for the first time after findind a second-row spot barely after a 7am arrival.
This year, I was in town already, queueing for a wristband for tomorrow's "Transformers : The Last Knight" premiere, hoping like hell I'd find a good spot or roaming location after the 9am handout. However, owing to the presumed difficulty that Security has in (a) locating wristbands (b) handing out wristbands (c) telling the time, they were handed out almost an hour later, meaning I got on a bus to Westminster less than an hour before it started.
Here's how it went down:
Spot 1 (of a planned 4) was about midway along the Mall, left hand side if facing the Palace. One huge advantage had nothing to do with angles or elevation or slightly less crowds, and everything to do with there being plenty of shade on such a hot day.
Spot 2 (of a planned 4) was facing the Horse Guards palace. It was considerably more crowded here than along the Mall, but with the aid of a step-stool, I was able to hold my camera about five centimetres lower than the average tourist holding up a mobile phone camera and blocking my view anyway.
Location 3 (of a planned 4) was back on the Mall, the other side of the road (right side facing the palace), and much closer to the 'top' near Buckingham Palace.
Location 4 (of a planned 4) The plan had been that after the carriages passed and they opened the Mall to pedestrians, I'd take up a spot on the other side of the large Queen Victoria Memorial / roundabout and photograph the balcony assemblage and flyby). But they didn't do it in the sequence I'd presumed and I would have strugged to get a good spot. Plus, what good is a balcony assemblage when nobody is wearing nuclear green? I did it last year....
So... that was that. Trooping The Colour 2017. I wouldn't mind doing it again next year, now that I know the flow of the event better and have an improved understanding of where to shoot the event.
But much more importantly, time to get some lunch, get something to drink, and get some sleep before tomorrow's premiere.
Until next time!
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As for Trooping The Colour... until next year?