I said that I would experiment with Mardi Gras pictures rather than publish images that are documentary in nature. That turned out to be harder than I thought. It’s tough turning a clean, sharp image of somebody doing something into a kind of art. For the most part, it feels forced. And, it looks odd.
Finally, after an even more careful culling of my images I found this one. I knew that I could experiment and likely come away with my original intent.
Intention is everything when you make a cinematic image. Fiddling around with it shows.
So, what do we have here?
The subject is a St. Augustines Marching 100 drum major. He was in the lowest of light. I helped it by using a smaller f stop, which meant the shutter speed was very slow, probably around 1 second, hand held. The blur was intention. It was also helped because the picture was made at night. I could make a motion blurred image during the day, but it loses its mystery and mood.
Happy Mardi Gras y’all.