Go behind the scenes of The Royal Tour with our photographer blogs from New Zealand and Australia. Photographer Ryan Pierse talks us through the royal couple's arrival in Sydney.
As I dropped into our office to collect some equipment, one of my colleagues commented on the rare sight of a photographer dressed in a suit. “Geez, are you off to meet the Queen mate?” he quipped.
He wasn’t far wrong, as today I was headed out to Sydney Airport to photograph The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their baby boy, better known as Wills, Kate and George.
As the local and International press gathered on the tarmac, it was great to catch up with some old friends from the UK who had already been following the Royals on their tour of New Zealand. Sydney turned on a sparkling autumn day for their arrival and just after 2pm, their RAAF Boeing 737, emblazoned with a flying kangaroo, touched down in Australia’s silver city.
With the little Prince safely held in her arms, Kate, in an ‘Aussie Gold’ coloured Roksanda Ilinic dress, and William made their way down the stairs to the friendly fire of over 50 camera shutters capturing every moment. As they moved closer and closer to the media pen, I used my Canon 200-400 f4 lens and Canon EOS 1DX camera to capture the meeting of the dignitaries and reactions. There were police everywhere, and as some began to block my shot, I moved to another position in order to shoot their departure.
After waiting nearly three hours, the whole thing was over in just a few minutes. As my pictures were being transmitted directly back to the editors on our picture desk, the first images of the Royals walking off the plane arrived with the worlds newspapers, websites and magazines within 2-3 minutes. The competition between photographers is healthy but fierce. A mixture of speed of delivery and the quality of imagery is key as the press play out their own ‘Game of Thrones’.
Editor's Note: For more pictures of the Royal Tour, click here.
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