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Highland Games Photography


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.

Aboyne Highland Games.   Safety netting is now making this sort of shot unobtainable.

Weight for distance event at Aboyne Highland Games, Royal Deeside,Scotland dsider www.dsider.co.uk online magazine, Bill Bagshaw photography courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

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

Braemar Gathering Heavy (Bill Bagshaw www.dsider.co.uk)

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

Braemar Gathering Royal Salute. The massed pipe bands salute The Royal Family at Braemar Highland Games (Bill Bagshaw/M.Williams/COPYRIGHT)

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.

Highland dancing Braemar Gathering & Aboyne Highland Games www.dSider.co.uk dSider whats on Royal Deeside guide. Royal Deeside Magazine, Aboyne photographers Bill Bagshaw (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

Aboyne Highland Games  – photo taken through safety netting – no longer allowed

dsider.co.uk online magazine, photo courses (Bill Bagshaw & Martin Williams/Bill Bagshaw, dsider.co.uk)

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