On Friday evening 5th July, we went over to Saintfield for the local ‘Mini-Twelfth’ parade through the town. This annual event is like a festival – with marching bands, happy crowds of adults and children, street traders, local shops open and doing great business. It’s an opportunity too to meet up with old friends and chat, and better still, this year the weather was kind.
Camera-wise, I took along my Nikon D750, fitted with a 24-70mm f2.8 lens, and worked at ISO1600 to combat the fading light. (Event ended after 9pm). Here’s a few of the images:-
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A small selection of banners at Randalstown on 12th July.
Tuesday, 12th July 2016
Even if you’re not a big fan of marching bands, orange lodges, banners , big crowds and noise, the annual 12th July parades in Northern Ireland are a fertile hunting ground for a photographer with a love for photographing people in reportage style environmental portraits. I always advise avoiding the Belfast parade, – too much ‘in your face’ politics, – so seek out a nice wee country walk, find a quiet spot where there’s not too many people, and aim for the quirky hats, the puffed-out fluters, pipe majors, the big drummers, the colour and the spectacle – try to get the walk home from the demonstration field, – by that time the bandsmen will be letting their hair down a bit, the rules are not so rigid, and funny walks, painted faces and daft headwear make for a more carnival like atmosphere, rather than the stricter, more regimental atmosphere of the outward processions. Continue reading #Randalstown 12th Day Photos