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The Loneliness of Duty
Buckingham Palace Sentry on Guard Duty. London, UK.
Camera Nikon D700 with 28-300mm Nikon Lense. ISO 320, 1/60th sec, f/8.0, 300mm, App Priority, Handheld.

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As I stood behind the railings with my camera zoomed out to the max 300mm, In my viewfinder I could see this guy standing alone. There were thousands of tourists thronging the gates, all like me, poking thier cameras through and snapping away at the Palace and everything that moved. For a moment I could sense the loneliness of his duty. What’s it like standing there guarding the Queen’s Houshold? As a Sailor in Her Majesty’s Royal Navy, I too had been on guard duty many times before. Sometimes I had to do patrols of Naval outposts with no one around for miles in pitch darkness with only a night stick and World War 2 helmet for protection / action:-) But here he was, standing guard with a no-man’s-land between him and the crowds behind the gates and railings.
What’s it like? What goes through the mind of a Sentry standing guard? I knew some of what he’d be thinking; home, warm, family, friends, good times, girlfriend, wife, books he’d been reading, films he’d watched, stories he’d heard from his mates, jokes, and then perhaps the weather, the next meal, the long awaited break from duty.
The Loneliness of Guard Duty. Spare a thought.


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  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 4 years ago

  • SharonD
    SharonDalmost 4 years ago

    Nice shot Don, wouldn’t want HIS job though,lol. I talk too much,lol

  • Haha, so does he, in his head though:-) LOL.
    It’s not an easy job and they do it sooooo well. Thanks Sharon, Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Brian Dodd
    Brian Doddalmost 4 years ago

    Great Capture!!

  • Hey there Brian, thanks very much mate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltalmost 4 years ago

    Super composition & tones, love this image a lot, Don

  • Thanks so much for that Luda and for the FAV too, always appreciated. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Tom Gomez
    Tom Gomezalmost 4 years ago

    Good one Don …

  • Thank you very much Tom.

    – DonDavisUK

  • David Davies
    David Daviesalmost 4 years ago

    Excellent, Don. Did I just see him blink? lol

  • I think so:-) But it may have been a wink instead:-) LOL Cheers David.

    – DonDavisUK

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture!

  • Thank you Cheryl.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 4 years ago


  • Thank you Scott.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Kate Adams
    Kate Adamsalmost 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture Don, the picture tells a story!!

  • Thanks very much Kate. Don.

    – DonDavisUK

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    Great work

  • Thanks so much Joy.

    – DonDavisUK

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