This is another picture that I made a few weeks ago at the Divine Ladies second line parade. I really like their choice of colors. Sort of sea green and purple colors really do it for me. These colors and suit/costume workmanship really reminds of Mardi Gras Indians and their hard work. I think there is more machine handiwork going on here, but look at those details.
The picture. Hmmm. Two trains of thought. Either it is over crowded and not well framed which makes it… well, not very good.
You can see it as I do.
But, first, let me tell you that I worked hard to frame the picture as you see it. One thing that photographers who work on the scene (I think the term street photographer is overused) try to do is create layers that imply more than you can reasonably photograph in one picture. In a way, we are competing with video cameras as well as other still cameras.
What do you see? Just about everything that is important to this moment in time. The subject, the king, is in sharp focus. You see hands popping up with now ubiquitous smartphones taking pictures. And, you see the crowd represented by out of focus silhouettes. That’s it. That’s the parade. All in one picture without being too literal and documentary.
One more thing. I talk a lot about luck. Or, photographer’s luck. This is one of those times. Like a batter in baseball who swings where he thinks the ball will be, I’m focusing where I think the main subject will be sharpest. Anything can happen in that time. Think about that. The best hitters in baseball have averages around .300. That means they make an out two out of three times. Me too.