As many of you will be aware Liverpool will be welcoming this weekend the Three Cunard Queens; Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria who will meet in the River Mersey for the first time in an event that will make maritime history.
It represents a fantastic photographic opportunity which shouldn’t be missed.
With plenty to see over the full Bank Holiday Weekend, timings for the key events are as follows:
So where are the best vantage points?
If you have a good telephoto or a long lens of some sort then you can afford to be some distance away. In that case then across the Mersey in Birkenhead would be a much better place to be. Images with the Liver Buildings as a backdrop should be pretty stunning as well as the lower part of the river towards the Echo Arena.
It will of course be very busy so you will need to get there early for the best vantage points.
On Monday when all 3 ships will be in view, then New Brighton beach has got to be as good a place as any – especially when the ships are arriving and leaving.
For the best aerial viewing point on the Wirral head up to St Mary’s Tower at Birkenhead Priory. Trips up the tower will run from 10.30am to 4pm, in half hourly slots, on Saturday – ahead of the Three Queens’ visit – and again on the Sunday and Monday while the ships are in.
4 Priory Street, Birkenhead CH41 5JH
The Wheel of Liverpool
For those with shorter lenses then this could be for you. At 196ft (60m) above the ground you will get a decent view of the river from the wheel.
Keel Wharf, Liverpool, L3 4FN
Obviously, if you already have tickets, then liverpool’s Panoramic Restaurant has to be THE place to be!
There will be firework displays on Sunday & Monday and these could be the best times to get some wonderful shots.
Some important things to consider to ensure you get the best images:
- If you have some form of tripod – use it. You will need a slow shutter speed and to avoid camera blur this is very important.
- If you have a remote facility on your camera – in conjunction with your tripod – this will get you the sharpest shots.
- If you have a good working knowledge of your camera, then I have attached a link with more technical knowledge around Shutter speeds, ISO Aperture etc.
Finally, if that all sounds too much and you fancy staying in, then you can always catch up with the action by following Live Streaming on YouTube !!