The 100th anniversary of the outbreak of The Great War was remembered at Belfast City Hall on the evening of 4 August in line with the national commemorations held throughout the United Kingdom. It was an occasion that I wanted to capture but the question was how?
It would be dark, so a fast prime lens seemed a good idea. There would be large numbers of people present so I decided to travel light, using just one lens, a 35mm equivalent f1.4 that would be good for capturing the wide view yet also good for closer shots within the crowd. Shooting between 10pm and 11pm a higher ISO setting was also a good choice, so I set it camera to auto ISO with a maximum of 3200iso. I also decided not to use flash, which is useless for distance shots and blasts out closeup shots.
So much for preplanning, the aim was to capture the mood and significance of the evening, the following were the results. The following images hopefully convey something of the mood.
All images taken with a Fujifilm X Pro 1, 23mm f1.4 lens, taken at 1/60 second, a couple at 1/30 second. Apertures ranged from f1.4 to f2.5.
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