The perfect jump shot

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Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band celebrate the announcement of their grade one British Championship win.

Field Marshal Montgomery Pipe Band react to the announcement of their G1 win at the British Pipe Band Championships at Annan in 2010.

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Press Photographer, Arthur ‘Weegee’ Fellig, who made his name in NYC in the 30s and 40s often said the secret to taking good documentary photos was: “Simple. f/8 and be there.” Photographers will understand what he meant.

On the day I got the photo above, Arthur’s mantra is exactly how I managed to nail the action. However, it is getting much harder to get these action shots at major championships, particularly at the Worlds when there are two film crews – just to keep everyone guessing – and near-darkness to contend with. It’s a pity, as images like the above could be iconic for piping… and Scotland.