Photographing Prince Harry with the Fuji X-T2

When I received details of a royal visit to Lancashire by Prince Harry today, I just had to pop along and take a few photographs.

I was asked if I would be interested in taking a few pictures for Alamy Live News and I chose to attend two of his local engagements. In all honesty, the only way I could have made all four was if I’d hitched a lift with Harry. As that was a non-starter I decided to cover his visit to St Michael’s on Wyre and to the UCLan Sport Arena.

Prince Harry returned to St Michael’s on Wyre, in follow up to his visit to the flood affected village in February 2016. Around 1700 businesses and homes were damaged across the Lancashire district in the lead up to New Year in 2016.

His Royal Highness met members of the community to learn about the recovery that has been achieved by the local people. Prince Harry officially reopened the village hall at a reception attended by those who played a crucial role in response to the flooding crisis.

For this engagement I chose to stand with the public rather than the static press position. The static position had a fair view but was set back and the press guys had some really long lenses – the kind of lenses that Fuji just don’t make at present. A limited number of press did get in close but unfortunately I wasn’t one of the favoured few.

On the second engagement I covered, I was at the UCLan Sport Arena. This time I did choose to stick with the static press group, as there wasn’t really any other alternative. It was raining and light was disappearing fast, not a problem for the X-T2 and 50-140mm lens as it’s weather sealed, but for the most part we were set back a long way and I had no match for their fast 500mm and 600mm lenses.

At the UCLan arena Prince Harry visited the Sir Tom Finney Soccer Development Centre and the Lancashire Bombers Wheelchair Basketball Club – two community organisations using the power of sport as a means for social development and inclusion.

 

 

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