Highland Games Photography
Highland Games photography is more difficult than you might think. Health and safety legislation has tightened considerably recently, making shots like the one below impossible to get.
When you are looking through a telephoto lens you loose all sense of peripheral vision. Your view has been magnified on a distant subject, and you become unaware of what’s happening nearby.
A hazardous situation can develop around you; without your knowledge; whilst you focus on a distant subject.
Tommy Fyvie at Aboyne Highland Games. Safety netting is now making this sort of shot unobtainable.
Highland games present great opportunities to photograph strongmen, pipe bands and highland dancers. There are limitations on what Highland Games Photography you can do.
Strongman Braemar Gathering
Even with a press pass it’s now very difficult to get close enough for these sort of shots. This is due to health and safety legislation after recent accidents.
However great shots can still be taken from the crowd. This photo was taken from the crowd, and is a blow up of an image taken with a 400mm f5.6 Canon lens hand held.
Royal Salute from the massed pipe bands at Braemar Gathering
UK legislation restricts photographing highland dancers who aren’t adults. This regulation is due to The Child Protection Act. Shots of dancers feet are frequently used, to protect the dancers identity.
Ramsay Dickie at Aboyne Highland Games – photo taken through safety netting – no longer allowed