It’s always difficult, as a photographer, to go to a place that is frequently photographed. I feel bad if I leave having not done it justice.
The other week I found myself outside Buckingham Palace. Every person and their camera seemed to be there! I had two options – I could either take a photo of everyone and the palace, placing it in context, or somehow try and create an isolated image that went some way to capturing ‘Buck house’ as it is viewed in the national consciousness.
Here is my attempt. What I was aiming for was to capture some of the grandeur and regal nature of the building, deliberately removing it from its surroundings as a tourist attraction. I combined two exposures from my little Canon G11, one for the sky and the flag, the other for the white stone. I took several shots until I got the flag waving suitably. Did I capture what I was looking for?
As an aside I’ve uploaded the full size file. It’s a pretty impressive image for such a small camera!