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A re-enactment of the Jacobite rising of 1745 in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie.

03rd December 2017
I had a photographic experience out of the ordinary yesterday at a re-enactment of the Jacobite rising of 1745 in support of Bonnie Prince Charlie. There were numerous participants of the Scottish and English clash at Swarkestone, near Derby and I was fortunate enough to meet a friend, John Walls who found me a seat with him at a bench right on the edge of the field of battle so I could get some good shots. I had taken only three lenses and spare batteries, The lenses being a 90mm, 18-135 - my reliable main lens for all types of events and walk-about street photography days plus the 100-400mm for any long distance shots, just in case of need.

I started off getting some detail shots with the 90mm before the battle kicked off then, when the armies came into position started with the 100-400mm for a few shots of soldiers across the far side of the field before more participants moved in and switching back to the 18-135 as the action moved closer. For the action the Fuji X-T2 was on high-speed multiple shot mode which proved to be a blessing and a curse. A blessing in that it got some shots I might otherwise have not achieved such as the flash from musket barrels but a curse waiting for the buffer to clear and allow the next shots.

All in all a good day and a few pleasing images. My thanks to all the re-enactors.


















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