What have I been up to June. (WHIBUT)

July 03, 2015

So June started off with a bang! 

I was covering a Royal Gun salute that was fired outside the Pierhead building to Cardiff to celebrate the Coronation of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

It was a blistery day and was raining only a few minutes before the salute took place. I've done gun salutes before and the key to capturing it is to watch the gun commanders raised hand, just as they bring it down start firing frames off! You will either get a puff of smoke, a explosion or nothing. 

 

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright   Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright The 21 Gun Salute was conducted by 104 Regiment Royal Artillery

 

My next job took place at the camp I work on, Venning Barracks.

11th Signal & West Midlands Brigade posted a reception of local civil dignitaries, military VIPs and Brigade personalities at the officers mess on veining barracks.The evening was to thank the local community for their support to the Military and dependents that reside in the area. The evening saw Soldiers from the Queens Ghurka Signals Dancers perform for the guests with music from The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals, The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals brass quintet and The Band of The Parachute Regiment.The event was finished off with a "Beating Retreat' with a fly past from a Police helicopter.

 

11th Signal & West Midlands Brigade posted a reception of local civiv dignitaries, military VIPs and Brigade personalities at the officers mess on veining barracks.

The evening was to thank the local community for their support to the Military and dependents that reside in the area.

The evening saw Soldiers from the Queens Ghurka Signals Dancers perform for the guests with music from The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals, The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals brass quintet and The Band of The Parachute Regiment.


the evening was finished off with a "Beating Retreat' with a fly past from a Police helicopter.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
Queens Ghurka Signals Dancers perform for the guests

11th Signal & West Midlands Brigade posted a reception of local civiv dignitaries, military VIPs and Brigade personalities at the officers mess on veining barracks.

The evening was to thank the local community for their support to the Military and dependents that reside in the area.

The evening saw Soldiers from the Queens Ghurka Signals Dancers perform for the guests with music from The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals, The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals brass quintet and The Band of The Parachute Regiment.


the evening was finished off with a "Beating Retreat' with a fly past from a Police helicopter.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals

11th Signal & West Midlands Brigade posted a reception of local civiv dignitaries, military VIPs and Brigade personalities at the officers mess on veining barracks.

The evening was to thank the local community for their support to the Military and dependents that reside in the area.

The evening saw Soldiers from the Queens Ghurka Signals Dancers perform for the guests with music from The Pipes and Drums of the Royal Corps of Signals, The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals brass quintet and The Band of The Parachute Regiment.


the evening was finished off with a "Beating Retreat' with a fly past from a Police helicopter.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Band of The Parachute Regiment

 

I was back to Wales for my next job, this time at the Millennium Stadium for the presentation of new Colours to The Royal welsh by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. I was working with fellow Phot Sgt Mike O'Neill check out his Twitter here. I went down a few hours early to have a look at the stadium, it was dark in there! As I was to be working from the stands I needed some long glass. Unfortunately there was a Air show at RAF Cosford so all the good kit had been signed out, I had to make do with a old 300mm f4 lens. I knew I would be working with high a ISO but also knew that the Nikon D4 would be able to handle it in this type of situation. The whole event went well but was over shadowed by one of the soldiers hitting the Regimental Sergeant Majors daughter in the face when he saluted The Queen. The little girl as fine just a bit shocked. 

 

Presentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPresentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPhotographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Royal Welsh formed up in the Millennium Stadium

 

Presentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPresentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPhotographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 

Presentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPresentation of Colours to The Royal Weksh by Her Majesty The Queen Elizebeth the Second Colonel-in-ChiefPhotographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Regimental Goat 'Shenkin'

 

Three days later, I was to cover another event that The Queen was taking part in. The Queens Birthday Parade, also known as 'Trooping the Colour' 

I travelled down to London on the train on the Friday to get a brief and to sort my kit out. It was to be the first time that we (Army Photographers) were going to use the Nikon Wt-5 wireless transmitter to send images back to our picture editor.

I started off on the Saturday with a walk down to The Queen Victoria Memorial from Horseguards with my bag of camera kit, a 600mm lens on a monopod and a step ladder. I had to get there early to get a good spot. Once there I realised that the QVM was pretty busy already with other Press Photographers, one of them had been there since 0530! Whilst setting up we all got called off the memorial for a bag search and to get our accreditation passes sorted out. It was just a matter of waiting for it to start. 

 

Here are a few images I took on the day. 

The Duchess of Cornwall and The Duchess of Cambridge leave Buckingham Palace.



The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.

One thousand one hundred soldiers from the Household Division were joined by almost 250 immaculately groomed military horses, six blindingly polished First World War 13-Pounder Guns and 350 military musicians at the ancient annual ceremony known as Trooping the Colour.

The Royal family watched from the balcony of Wellington’s office, and more than 8,500 guests including the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, and Defence Chiefs of Staff, filled the stands on Horse Guards, while tens of thousands of the public lined the route, as The Royal Colonels: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal, accompanied Her Majesty in stately procession down the Mall to inspect the Parade.



The Queen’s Birthday Parade, more popularly known as Trooping the Colour, is a great British tradition and one of the most complex and labour intensive events the military stages. Countless hours of planning and preparation go into making sure that the final result is as close to perfection as humanly possible in honour of Her Majesty, their Colonel in Chief.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Camila, the Duchess of Cornwall and Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge leave the palace

 

The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London. One thousand one hundred soldiers from the Household Division were joined by almost 250 immaculately groomed military horses, six blindingly polished First World War 13-Pounder Guns and 350 military musicians at the ancient annual ceremony known as Trooping the Colour. The Royal family watched from the balcony of Wellington’s office, and more than 8,500 guests including the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, and Defence Chiefs of Staff, filled the stands on Horse Guards, while tens of thousands of the public lined the route, as The Royal Colonels: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal, accompanied Her Majesty in stately procession down the Mall to inspect the Parade.

The Queen’s Birthday Parade, more popularly known as Trooping the Colour, is a great British tradition and one of the most complex and labour intensive events the military stages. Countless hours of planning and preparation go into making sure that the final result is as close to perfection as humanly possible in honour of Her Majesty, their Colonel in Chief.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Horses from lined up outside of the palace

 

The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.



One thousand one hundred soldiers from the Household Division were joined by almost 250 immaculately groomed military horses, six blindingly polished First World War 13-Pounder Guns and 350 military musicians at the ancient annual ceremony known as Trooping the Colour.



The Royal family watched from the balcony of Wellington’s office, and more than 8,500 guests including the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, and Defence Chiefs of Staff, filled the stands on Horse Guards, while tens of thousands of the public lined the route, as The Royal Colonels: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal, accompanied Her Majesty in stately procession down the Mall to inspect the Parade.



The Queen’s Birthday Parade, more popularly known as Trooping the Colour, is a great British tradition and one of the most complex and labour intensive events the military stages. Countless hours of planning and preparation go into making sure that the final result is as close to perfection as humanly possible in honour of Her Majesty, their Colonel in Chief.




Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Massed bands march down The Mall

 

The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.



One thousand one hundred soldiers from the Household Division were joined by almost 250 immaculately groomed military horses, six blindingly polished First World War 13-Pounder Guns and 350 military musicians at the ancient annual ceremony known as Trooping the Colour.



The Royal family watched from the balcony of Wellington’s office, and more than 8,500 guests including the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, and Defence Chiefs of Staff, filled the stands on Horse Guards, while tens of thousands of the public lined the route, as The Royal Colonels: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal, accompanied Her Majesty in stately procession down the Mall to inspect the Parade.



The Queen’s Birthday Parade, more popularly known as Trooping the Colour, is a great British tradition and one of the most complex and labour intensive events the military stages. Countless hours of planning and preparation go into making sure that the final result is as close to perfection as humanly possible in honour of Her Majesty, their Colonel in Chief.




Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Prince William and Prince George watch the crowds from the balcony at Buckingham Palace
 
 
 
The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.The Army performed its finest display of military pageantry to celebrate the Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen today on Horse Guards Parade in London.



One thousand one hundred soldiers from the Household Division were joined by almost 250 immaculately groomed military horses, six blindingly polished First World War 13-Pounder Guns and 350 military musicians at the ancient annual ceremony known as Trooping the Colour.



The Royal family watched from the balcony of Wellington’s office, and more than 8,500 guests including the Prime Minister, foreign dignitaries, and Defence Chiefs of Staff, filled the stands on Horse Guards, while tens of thousands of the public lined the route, as The Royal Colonels: The Duke of Edinburgh, The Duke of Kent, The Prince of Wales, The Duke of Cambridge, and The Princess Royal, accompanied Her Majesty in stately procession down the Mall to inspect the Parade.



The Queen’s Birthday Parade, more popularly known as Trooping the Colour, is a great British tradition and one of the most complex and labour intensive events the military stages. Countless hours of planning and preparation go into making sure that the final result is as close to perfection as humanly possible in honour of Her Majesty, their Colonel in Chief.




Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
 
The Red Arrows perform a 'fly past' 
 
 
 
Next on the agenda, I traveled to a training area in the Peak district near Leek to capture 159 Supply Regiment on a military skills training weekend.The soldiers were practicing individual fire and manoeuvre building up to pairs then eventually section level. 
 
I got straight involved as soon as I got there jumping on the next serial that was taking place. 
 
The only problem was that I fell over at the end of this serial and smashed my camera into the river. I was out of the game, my camera equipment was soaked along with the rest of my clothing. I retreated back to the car for the wet journey home.
 
Reservists from 159 Supply Regiment practice their military skills during a training weekend in Leek.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
Reservists from 159 Supply Regiment practice their military skills during a training weekend in Leek.


Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
Two minutes later it was endex for me.
 
 
Back in work Monday morning and I was off to BAE Systems in telford to capture a image that was going to be used for Reserves day (formally uniform to work day). My subject was Luci Smitheman, she is senior PA to the managing director at BAE Systems. 
Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
Craftsman Luci Smitheman shows her support for Reserves Day by wearing her uniform to work.
 
 
 
Wednesday, I was covering Reserves day where Members were offered a taste of Army life in the centre of Birmingham as part of Reserves Day.
Members were offered a taste of Army life in the centre of Birmingham as part of Reserves Day

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright
Soldiers from the Royal Yeomanry outside the council building
 
Members were offered a taste of Army life in the centre of Birmingham as part of Reserves Day

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

 Members of The Royal Navy reserves speak to members of the public. 
 
 

The final job for me was back in Birmingham city centre again for Armed Forces Day. 

In Victoria Square the Afghanistan operational flag which had flown outside the Birmingham City Council Building was lowered in a special ceremony Shortly afterwards, soldiers from Birmingham based 202 Field Hospital led regular and reserve units from across the West Midlands for a parade, march past and Drum Head service in Centenary square.

 

The sun shone as thousands of people turned out in Birmingham today to show their support for forces personnel as troops from across the region paraded through the city's streets on Armed Forces Day.

In Victoria Square the Afghanistan operational flag which had flown outside the Birmingham City Council Building was lowered in a special ceremony at 12.15pm

Shortly afterwards, soldiers from Birmingham based 202 Field Hospital led regular and reserve units from across the West Midlands for a parade, march past and Drum Head service in Centenary square.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Members of The British Legion take part in Armed Forces Day

 

The sun shone as thousands of people turned out in Birmingham today to show their support for forces personnel as troops from across the region paraded through the city's streets on Armed Forces Day.

In Victoria Square the Afghanistan operational flag which had flown outside the Birmingham City Council Building was lowered in a special ceremony at 12.15pm

Shortly afterwards, soldiers from Birmingham based 202 Field Hospital led regular and reserve units from across the West Midlands for a parade, march past and Drum Head service in Centenary square.
Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Afghanistan operational flag being lowered

The sun shone as thousands of people turned out in Birmingham today to show their support for forces personnel as troops from across the region paraded through the city's streets on Armed Forces Day.

In Victoria Square the Afghanistan operational flag which had flown outside the Birmingham City Council Building was lowered in a special ceremony at 12.15pm

Shortly afterwards, soldiers from Birmingham based 202 Field Hospital led regular and reserve units from across the West Midlands for a parade, march past and Drum Head service in Centenary square.

Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

Members of the public show their support for Armed Forces Day

The sun shone as thousands of people turned out in Birmingham today to show their support for forces personnel as troops from across the region paraded through the city's streets on Armed Forces Day.

In Victoria Square the Afghanistan operational flag which had flown outside the Birmingham City Council Building was lowered in a special ceremony at 12.15pm

Shortly afterwards, soldiers from Birmingham based 202 Field Hospital led regular and reserve units from across the West Midlands for a parade, march past and Drum Head service in Centenary square.
Photographer: Cpl Timothy Jones RLC Crown Copyright

The Drumhead service
 
 
 
A relatively busy month for me in June, keep an eye out for next months round up. 
 

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