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OM USer 13th June 2018 06:00 PM

Beating The Retreat
 
It was the Queen's official birthday last saturday and the flags were out down The Mall.

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The Mall

Now the Queen's birthday is marked by "Trooping The Colour" when the standards of the different regiments are paraded around so that the soldiers know which flag to group around in the heat of battle. So it was no surprise that the stands were out at Horse Guards Parade.

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Horse Guards Parade

In the days preceeding this ceremony they utilize the parade ground (with all the seating) for "Beating The Retreat" for which you can buy a ticket. This ceremony marks the ordered witdrawal from the battlefield back to camp as night draws in - you can tell its not modern warfare here.

As befits the meaning of the ceremony it is a late evening show. The E-PM2 and 14-42EZ is not the ideal tool for job (E-M5 and PRO zooms spring to mind) but it was what I had with me. I didn't have my VF-4 with me or the lowly 40-150 so I had to hold the camera at arms length and use it as a point and shoot and hope for the best, making sure that the focus box was somewhere in the right vicinity (the downfall of needing reading glasses). Now this combination can do sharp (perhaps a later post) but in pitch black with dodgy floodlighting I managed a few that were acceptable if you don't pixel peep and ignore the auto ISO going to 2500 and the lowish shutter speed.

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As close as you can get without a ticket.

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Marching back to barracks.

Gate Keeper 14th June 2018 09:15 AM

Re: Beating The Retreat
 
A fantastic range of photos. If you hadn’t have said, I wouldn’t have noticed. “British” looking views.

Zuiko 14th June 2018 09:39 AM

Re: Beating The Retreat
 
An impressive sight!

OM USer 14th June 2018 05:36 PM

Re: Beating The Retreat
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Gate Keeper (Post 449024)
A fantastic range of photos. If you hadn’t have said, I wouldn’t have noticed. “British” looking views.

Ah, you need a lot of history to put on an obscure ceremony. Thanks Phil.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Zuiko (Post 449029)
An impressive sight!

Thanks John.

pandora 16th June 2018 08:05 PM

Re: Beating The Retreat
 
An interesting set Om. I can almost hear the band playing the Pomp & Circumstance March!

OM USer 16th June 2018 09:35 PM

Re: Beating The Retreat
 
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Originally Posted by pandora (Post 449196)
An interesting set Om.

Thanks Mark.


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