Gentle reader, for your amusement I present portraits from the Jane Austen Festival Parade in Bath.
This was my second Jane Austen Parade. (Last year I only found it by accident on a tour when we met people in Regency costume having a picnic in front of the Royal Crescent.
One challenge for photographers at this year’s Jane Austen Festival parade was the weather. In one word… wet! (I had am umbrella in one hand while taking these shots.) Another challenge was the speed of the parade. The regency ladies and gentlemen really trotted through the streets of Bath. I don’t think anyone wanted to get their costumes soggy after all that effort assembling them!
Most of these portraits with a Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 lens. It’s a wonderfully piece of glass, albeit a bit heavy. (Perhaps not ideal when you are jogging around Bath, trying to keep up with the parade).
I used a wide aperture to try keep the background out of focus. Finding the right spot and angle was very important too. Much of the parade was through the center of Bath, but I was trying to avoid any modern-looking elements. The leafy photos with leaves were shot in Victoria Park. Other techniques I used were to shoot against the walls of Georgian buildings, or take a low angle and shoot partly against the sky. Most of the shots I took were candid, although I did ask permission for a few.
Looking forward to shooting the parade again next year.
P.S. If you are in any of the photos (!) please contact me for a copy.