Playing in a crowd.
Playing in a crowd.

Brass Bands and me.

You know me. I like brass bands. I like them best when they are chaotic. When they are working in the street. When they are surrounded by a crowd. You also know that I like to layer my pictures so that you get some sense of the scale and depth. I was lucky last Sunday. I seemed do that a lot.

Easier layering came from a couple of adjustments. One, obviously, was the size of the crowd. It was huge and compressed into a tiny side street. Two, was my own positioning, which was mostly trapped on that same side street. Finally, it was my choice of lenses. As you know, I’m not a big gear guy. But, I’ve been working with a very short telephoto lens — a 60mm that sees like a 90 mm — which forces me to keep more of the crowd in the picture. Even when I’m focusing on somebody in the middle of it.

Deep inside, I’ve always known that would help, but the old photojournalist in me kept saying, “longer is better.” And, sometimes it is. For instance, if I worked with a 300mm, I could have possibly made a nice portrait of the saxophone player. But, that would be a little isolating at a second line. The scene matters to the picture.

Of course, my second camera body has a short wide angle zoom on it. I can work even closer with that.

I haven’t talked much about the second line, itself. Those of you who have been around for a while know what it is, even if you don’t live in New Orleans. For those of you who are newer to Storyteller, I invite you to poke around a bit. The search function works pretty well. Just type in second line. You’ll be bombarded with posts from the past few years.

Advertisements

7 Replies to “In a Crowd”

      1. You are flying to China to take pictures of a concert for big dollars ….oooorrr you have robbed a bank and are running away with theme music playing and press chasing you – the latter version seems a little out of sequence though 😂

        Like

      2. Ray I have to get my glasses up a notch I am walking around double guessing everything I had no idea what that emoticon was – I saw rice and what thought were Chinese gates….I must go and sharpen my observational skills and probably some geography and maybe a few other things 😊

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Halyna Viktoria

Photography

Karine Leroux Photography

Textures - Patterns - Minimalism - Abstraction

ADNAN KRNDZIJA

FASHION · HEALTH & TRAVEL BLOGGER

LezBeeHonest-FromAGalaxyFarFarAway

Don't let her be "The one that got away".

Relax with Bronte

Self care isn't self indulgence... Self care is self respect.

Sea Turnstone

Photography, Travelling, Wildlife

Serendipity!

Photographer, Designer, Editor and Educator Ray Laskowitz talks about pictures and their back stories.

Souvenirs de la frontière

Une collection de cartes postales et de photographies sur les frontières et les douanes

Roy W Tate

Online Product Reviews and Training

... le blog de Walter PASCOLI

Art contemporain , peintures et dessins ...

Vova Zinger's Photoblog

The world around through my camera's lens

The Bouquet

A collection of beautiful things and thoughts

The Trichordist

Artists For An Ethical and Sustainable Internet #StopArtistExploitation

Curious Appetites

Exploring the flavors of home, around town and nearby communities

Cumbria : Photo, Sketch & Paint | Baldy.Blog

An Eclectic Mix Of Revelation By Baldy. A Blog About Cumbria, Home Of The UNESCO Lake District National Park. Photographs, Paintings, Sketches & More. Mountains Are My Bones; Rivers, My Veins; Forests, My Thoughts.

Boom Radio Station

Live life every day

Unpopular Judge

Exploring the Death of Storytelling in Movies

%d bloggers like this: