Behind The Pictures: Both parties would be moving, me backwards

This is the fourth of our Behind The Pictures series, where photographers and performers talk about some of their favourite images from last Samhuinn. Today, Neil from Photopoint shares his thoughts on this photo…


I was trying to get at least one picture of as many people as possible, as either a single person or as a couple, within the photograph. I hadn’t had any great success with the Winter Drummers at the lower stage, and knew that the centre stage was going to be tight for space, so the only realistic chance was as the procession was walking between the stages. This wasn’t going to be ideal as both parties would be moving, me backwards, and focus and composition would be difficult.

I am pleased the picture shows two other people, so we know that an event was taking place rather than a static portrait shoot.

The Samhuinn Fire Festival 2016 is at 9pm on Monday 31st October on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile. Find out all about it here.

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