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Through the Lens: Our photographers share their favourite images of the week

16:00 16 February 2013

Through the lens

Through the lens


WELCOME to the new Through the Lens feature, giving you an insight into what it takes to be a professional photographer.


"Sarah Lucy Brown"

One of my favourite news items to photograph is the homecoming of troops. They are so emotional and it is an amazing thing to shoot.

This week Archant Suffolk’s Su Anderson shares the excitement of covering breaking news on deadline while Sarah Lucy Brown reveals that getting sent out on cold, muddy assignments can prove inspiring.

Su said: “Tuesday night was a good example of how something can happen close to deadline causing everyone to scramble to include it in the next day’s edition.

“I was in Sudbury photographing a bridge being put into place, then I was called to a fire a few blocks away.

“At 9.45pm I was just leaving Sudbury heading home to Colchester when I got a call saying I had to go back to Ipswich.

“A car had collided with an historic building on the corner of St Nicholas Street and Silent Street. I arrived 40 minutes after the call and luckily the car was still there and I got the shots and quickly went the block and a half to our office to get the photos into our system.

“I wanted to show where that this building was across from Thomas Wolsey’s birthplace so I pulled back and got the Wolsey statue into the frame.”

Su’s photos were used on the front page of Wednesday’s Ipswich Star.

Her tip for budding photographers: “Beware of reflective surfaces when you use flash. There’s no way to avoid signs and cones at an accident site, but if you’re photographing in general, move yourself to get the reflective surface out of the frame.”

Su was also called upon to photograph a record-breaking challenge this week.

She said: “A group of 30 school children from Messing-cum-Inworth Primary School took part in the sign2sing record breaker on Wednesday at 2.45pm. Nearly 1,000 schools took part in the Sign Health event hoping to break the Guinness World Record for largest simultaneous sign.

“This year the children were asked to wear scarves as a theme that made for some cute photographs.

“The organisers are awaiting the results from each of the schools.

“I have my fingers crossed that there were enough participants to break the record.”

Su’s tip: “Always, always, always make sure you have a school’s permission or parental permission to photograph children even if you don’t intend to identify them in photographs.”

Our photographers regularly visit the various military bases around the region to cover presentations, training exercises and even family fun days. Sarah Lucy Brown remembers one visit in particular, in 2011 she was dispatched to Colchester Garrison on an assignment that she would never forget.

She said: “More than 150 brave soldiers were given a heroes’ welcome as they returned home from a gruelling tour of Afghanistan.

“Loved ones were there to greet the troops from 2nd Battalion, Parachute Regiment as they arrived back at Colchester Garrison.”

Sarah’s favourite images from this assignment are in the gallery, top right.

She added: “One of my favourite news items to photograph is the homecoming of troops. They are so emotional and it is an amazing thing to shoot, although it is all over so quickly so you have to be quick!”



The Greyhound, Lavenham

Two fire crews are at the scene of The Greyhound pub in Lavenham after a small chimney fire broke out.

Motorists are facing delays on the A143 in Bury St Edmunds due to a small fire on broken down lorry.

Essex Police patrolling the A12 as part of Operation Nash, checking a driver's details. Library image.

Drivers are being urged to ensure their MoT is up to date as Essex Police revealed it is dealing with up to 20 cases a day of cars and commercial vehicles with expired tests.

The fatal crash happened on the A131 between Little Waltham and Great Leighs

A woman has died in hospital following a crash involving three vehicles on the A131 at Little Waltham, Essex, last night.

Young Entrepreneurs at Great Whelnetham Primary School.

A school in west Suffolk is celebrating its first cohort of Year Fives with an enterprising project.

Robin Byford who is considering High Court action against Suffolk Coastal District Council and the planning inspectorate over planning permission to turn his garage into a house.

A Kesgrave father is considering taking the district council and planning inspectorate to the High Court after a three year planning rollercoaster to convert a garage to a starter home for his daughter.

The Kent Lodge Nursing Home.

Kent Lodge was rated inadequate by the CQC this year – one of five homes in the county to be given the rating this year

Police have put a rolling road block in place

A broken down lorry is causing delays on the A11 at Elveden this afternoon.

Theatre Square artists impression

Construction work to tidy up the former Civic Centre site in the heart of Ipswich – and to create a new public square in front of the New Wolsey Theatre.

Dimitri Gayle had his bike stolen days after he got it for his Birthday. Halfords replaced the bike free of charge. Dimitri is pictured with his new bike in Ipswich.

“There are so many bad things going on in the world, it’s nice to know there are nice things that happen too.”

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