The Annual Ceremonial Review is the last full parade for the Unit before the Cadets head off to their Summer Training at various locations throughout the Region.
It is also one of the most important parades for the Unit as future training allocations for the next Training Year are based on the amount of Cadets in attendance in addition to them being inspected by high ranking officers and the Air Cadet League representatives.
From the Photographer side of things, I was limited by my max ISO being only 1250 and a rather high ceiling making it impossible to use bounce flash. High School Gyms aren’t known to have the best lighting and this Gym was no exception.
Thankfully the noise reduction function in Adobe Lightroom 2.4 works quite well. The noise that is left behind, I don’t find that objectionable from the Canon 1Ds due to it’s almost film-like quality.
This was the first time I’ve had the opportunity to shoot at an event like this so it was a learning experience.
In the future I will be working on making more light available via wireless slave flashes to afford me the luxury of not having to shoot at max ISO.
It’s a very different experience being a spectator to the Annual Inspection compared to my nearly seven years in the Air Cadet program and being the one under the magnifying glass.
The Air Cadets are a fantastic organisation that offer a plethora of opportunities to youth across Canada.
With opportunities to gain their Glider and Private Pilot’s Licenses, Survival Training, Leadership and Instructors courses all available for no cost to the Cadets.
As you might have guessed, I’m a bit of an advocate of the program. But that’s only an indication of how much that I gained as an individual from it.
The 45 A/M Edwards Squadron resumes their weekly training nights this Fall on Tuesday nights at the Glace Bay Armouries from 1800h to 2100h.
I look forward to continuing my volunteer service with this Squadron in the upcoming Training Year!