I wanted energy. Color. Motion. Power.
That’s what I got when I photographed the Krewe of Muses parade last night. There’s a couple of reasons for that. Muses typically features their big bold floats, a huge amount of marching bands, shoes and a special kind of tradition. And, and, and… lots of color.
A kind of rattle and hum.
Oh sure. I photographed the quiet moments. You’ll eventually see a few of them when I wrap up Mardi Gras next week. But, last night, I went sort of crazy.
Well, not really. Craziness implies a kind of wasted personal energy. I was calm and very efficient.
I just sort of stood back and let the overall scenes unfold in front of me. I worked to photograph energy. I didn’t want to stop motion. I wanted to speed it up. I wanted you to feel the parade’s energy. Of course, it helps when you have a large group of marching bands. You know how I feel about marching bands. They are one of the best things. Ever.
The pictures. F8 (sorta) and be there to let the scene unfold in front of you. That’s part of it. The other part is more earthbound. We are getting rain through the rest of Mardi Gras. Things will get a little more quiet. A little more muddy. Less contrasty. So, I took advantage of what I had. Maybe the only dry parade of the season.
One more thing. You know about my physical limitations. I hurt. Always. But, I’ve managed to walk ten miles over two nights. I’m doing pretty well. Any pain is manageable.