Pancake Contrasts

Yesterday was Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day, and there were many pancake races around the country, mainly at lunchtime. I had a choice of around half a dozen to cover in central London, but as they are all at more or less the same time, only managed to photograph two.

© 2012, Peter Marshall

I started at a very exclusive event, with entries limited to teams from the various Worshipful Companies of the City of London and a few other City institutions. Even for these there is competition for places, with many being unable to gain a place. Of course the City is really a very competitive place (although sometimes it hides it well) and there were some very competitive races.

Many of the livery companies are fairly recently formed, and the race itself only began a few years ago, organised by the Poulters (who supply the eggs) and it raises money for the annual Lord Mayor’s Appeal, which this year is supporting a Trauma unit at the London Hospital.

From Guildhall Yard I rushed across the square mile to Leadenhall Market, where a very different pancake race was about to take place, organised by the Lamb Tavern at the central crossing of the market.  It was an event where people were rather more obviously having fun, but lacked the dressing up of the Guildhall event.

© 2012, Peter Marshall
A little panning sometimes helps photographers as well

Leadenhall is a finely restored Victorian covered market, and light levels were considerably lower, and unfortunately the SB800 flash I’ve been having the odd problem with lately now decided to more or less give up. It didn’t stop flashing, but just seemed usually to do so randomly either on around zero power or 100% output. I struggled with it for a while, then gave up and shot without flash, which was just a little tricky for real action shots of the races.

See more at Pancakes in the City – Guildhall and Pancakes in the City – Leadenhall Market.


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