Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Silly People

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The best place to shoot a parade is in the staging area, not out on the street during the march. People aren't moving around too much and spectators aren't sticking their hands and heads into your shot. As you can see, our participants don't have spectacular costumes like those in New Orleans but we make it up in enthusiasm and goofiness.

A CDP colleague and excellent photographer recently told me in an email that he finds it hard to photograph people. Everyone is anxious about it at first but once you crack out of your shell it's so easy. It can be taught. Engage the subject about something you notice in them. Talk about them, not you. Smile. Ask permission.

It occurs to me that I'm always the observer, never the participant, at such events. Somebody's gotta do it.

Oh, and by the way, there's a big and growing set of Mardi Gras parade photos on Flickr here.

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12 comments:

Olivier said...

les premiers ils doivent chanter "la danse des canards" ;o). C'est la fete, et tes portraits sont superbes

Irene K. said...

I just stumbled across your blog and I'm loving it!

cieldequimper said...

Oh those Vikings!

The funny thing is, nobody does mardi gras in France anymore. Or almost nobody, if you except the carnival in Nice and a few other places...

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Aimee was looking for a 'statement' necklace last week Bob, I reckon this one in the second shot could be called that haha! Methinks the lady's hat is too big in the last picture!! Great fun is being had here I can tell!

Bibi said...

Oh, long live silly people!

Steffe said...

Fake Vikings and beer, another good combination. Skål.

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

A Viking drinking Bud Lite. That's funny.

VP said...

Great portrait for a huge photo op. Thanks for the advice, I can really use it!

William Kendall said...

Paul Revere's great, great, great granddaddy many times over once rode through the streets of London shouting, "The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming!"

Virginia said...

Great series B. Loved all of the revelers!
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Jack said...

People who dress up like this WANT to be photographed. If no one pointed a lens at them, they would go home unhappy.

Halcyon said...

These people do look silly. But I'm all for them having a good time!