Pro video blog…Produced by Philip Johnston DoP/Editor



Armed with my 2 Panasonic GH4’s one with a 35-100 f2.8 Lumix G lens and one with a 7-14mm f4 Lumix lens both cameras set to 12 fps. With the Transend (C10 S3) SDXC cards inserted its a breeze to sustain 12 fps over 5-6 second bursts.


The venue was Rutherglen main street to photograph the Queen’s baton relay for the Glasgow Commonwealth games due to arrive next month.


South Lanarkshire Council had their in house cameraman filming the event with a Sony EX-3 though the chap did tell me that his PC did not handle the XDCAM file all that well.


I bumped into a former work colleague Dorothy, we both used to work for Flashback Video back in the 1980s.


One of the chaps hired in to follow the Scottish section of the relay was on hand with his newly acquired Sony EA50 which he told me he was delighted with its overall performance.


This is the wee hero of the day, young Sam McAleer who went through major heart surgery only a few months ago but is here to not only tell the tale but carry the Queen’s Baton.


As usual the media truck followed in front this year with a gyro headed camera for better stability.


The other part of todays relay carried by a young very exited lady.


The 2 GH4’s were a dream to use having 12 fps tracking focus gave me a lot of options not open to some of the seasoned pros with their heavy Nikons hanging round their necks.




This was my picture of the day wee Sam getting high five’s from the cheering public. I posted my best pictures on Facebook earlier today knowing Sam and his mother Shirley who is one of my friends would see them. It’s such a joy to use a skill like photography to add pleasure to other’s lives.


Having been working in the video business since 1988 I have amassed a great amount of knowledge of both the kit and production values over the last 30 years.

One thought on “Photographing the Queen’s Baton Relay in Rutherglen 2014

  1. Nice shots overall. Can I ask what lens the second and third images were taken on? Im guessing probably the 7-14mm lens, which appears to suffer from some very bad converging verticals?

    HDW : In retrospect I should have stuck to my 1st choice the 12-35mm f2.8 Lumix lens, the 7-14mm is mainly a landscape lens and needs some care when using it…as you can see.

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