Photographer behind the viral royal wedding photo reveals how it was taken

May 22, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

Photographer behind the viral royal wedding photo reveals how it was taken

May 22, 2018

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sure caused a lot of attention all over the world. Many photos have been taken and published, but one of them went viral on social media, showing the newlyweds holding hands from above. The photographer behind the image is Yui Mok, a staff photographer at Press Association (PA). He answered the questions on Twitter and revealed how he took this photo which received so much attention.

The photo looks like an aerial shot, but drones were forbidden at the royal wedding. The photographer explained that he managed to pull it off because he was positioned on the roof of George IV Gateway of Windsor Castle. The couple passed directly beneath him during the carriage procession, and he took the shot.

One of the users noticed the heart-shape that the newlyweds formed. She asked the photographer if he was aware of it before taking the shot, but he admitted that it was purely coincidental. “I had less than a one-second window to take that particular shot – whilst having to focus through a metal grill I was standing over – so was happy to get anything really,” he wrote.

Although Yui Mok stands behind the image, he didn’t want to take all the credits. He thanked the AP picture desk for cropping and tidying up the raw images he sent.

Twitter users believed that he took thousands of photos that day. Frankly, I’d think so too. But the funny thing is that it’s actually not true! Yui Mok explained that he took “WAY less photos” he normally does on a major job.

If you’re wondering what kind of gear was used to capture this image, it was Canon 1DX Mark II camera with a 70-200mm lens, as Mok wrote on Twitter.

The photo got a whole lot of attention on the Internet and was shared many times without credits. Yui Mok said he only gets paid his salary by Ap, no matter how many times the photo gets shared. However, he thanked everyone or nice comments and admitted that he would never have thought it would be so popular.

So, in case you’ve seen this image without credits, and wondered who took it, now you know, along with some details about how the photo came to be.

[via PetaPixel]

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Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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10 responses to “Photographer behind the viral royal wedding photo reveals how it was taken”

  1. Eli Spidey M Avatar
    Eli Spidey M

    Wow if I could get this type of notoriety for such a basic photo I’d be famous for my 15 min

  2. Nick Dunlap Avatar
    Nick Dunlap

    Not that great of a pic

    1. Rikki Avatar
      Rikki

      How would it be better?

      1. MzUnGu Avatar
        MzUnGu

        It wouldn’t. It’s just a wedding picture. A cliche played millions time over every year.

        1. Rikki Avatar
          Rikki

          @MzUnGu, but you’re on point with what you said, considering the circumstances – while everyone’s photos might literally all look the same from the same angle – this person got something that no one else was able to: a different perspective.

    2. MegaNickels Avatar
      MegaNickels

      I think it’s pretty great considering the circumstances and conditions in which he was able to take the photo with only split second to capture this moment.

  3. Andy CK Chan Avatar
    Andy CK Chan

    A pic of great moment.

    1. Andrew Rich Avatar
      Andrew Rich

      Great moment?

  4. Thomas Davies Avatar
    Thomas Davies

    What a dude, great to see someone crediting their picture desk!

  5. Corpora Photography Avatar
    Corpora Photography

    Usually I never comment on blogs but your article is so convincing that I
    never stop myself to say something about it. You’re doing a great job
    Man,Keep it up.