The Chaos of Mardi Gras

I’m pretty sure someone said ‘Bring a milk crate!’ but didn’t and wished we had because everyone was standing on them and the crowd was about 10 deep. It was impossible to even get close to the front and that’s when I realised that the milk crate would have definitely come in handy. We would have been able to see the parade and all that goes on around it. To add to the Mardi Gras is chaos of not just the people watching but also the people participating in the parade and I highly recommend that you get there a few hours early to get a decent spot or when the roads are closed to get a great spot. 4 Ladies

These 4 Ladies had been up and down the street a few times and I was unsure if they were going to be a part of the parade or they were just having fun, either way they were more than happy to have their photos taken.

2 Mardi Gras WarriorsThe Warriors of Mardi Gras is what I have called them and there costumes were pretty good. I asked them for a quick photo and all 4 stopped so I could grab a quick photo which turned into the crowd becoming the Paparazzi pulling the cameras and phones out taking snaps. These lads were happy to oblige with one woman shoving her phone into my hand so she could pose with them.
Mardi Gras

Even some people who were on their way to the start point of the parade were overwhelmed by sheer number of people who stopped and asked them to pose for photos with them. Happy Girl

And some people didn’t even need any prompting but rather pose for the camera from the start. Hope everyone had a great Mardi Gras and next year I’m bringing a milk crate !

One Scary Woman, An Ordinary Band and a Few Hot Cars

Photographic opportunities such as festivals and local events organised by local councils during the warmer months provide photographers of all skill levels to practice their craft by getting out there and leaning over the barricades (or in my case, jumping it) to get some great shots. Subjects can be vary from people in full costume to bands rocking out their latest hit or classic a car shows with plenty of chrome and horsepower. The Fischers Ghost Festival provides all that and more including rides and fireworks at the end of the night.

Scary Lady - Fischers Ghost

This lady was participating in the parade and drew my attention because her entire group had put effort in to their costumes and make up. I leaned all the way out over the barricade and she looked straight into the lens as I took the shot.

A young Band

The parade wound up at the park which was playing host to a long list of local bands playing but only a few people were actually paying any attention. I only had to battle to other photographers and no crowds to get several shots of this band who were not shy in plugging their latest single on iTunes.
Fat 57 Chev

I never seem to be able to photograph a complete car at car shows and I think that is through the amount of people with their heads stuck in the window or standing around in the background so I lean towards taking close in shots. Hopefully they provide you with feeling of wanting to see more.

Red Studebaker

And remember that never delete straight from camera but always archive your “Rejected” images  after you have downloaded. That way you don’t accidentally delete a good or even a great shot whilst in camera.

A bit of blog lovin

The idea of todays post is to spread some blog loving around to some of the blogs that I have read and commented on in the past week. So please feel free to click on the links and check out their blogs and photos.

The blog Welcome to My Adventures is about some 4wding, geocaching and hiking adventures across Australia and even throughout some parts of the world. Now I enjoy 4wding and getting out into the bush regardless of the time of the year but every now and then the Australian bush will remind you of exactly who is in charge, and its not not you! and it pays to be prepared for an overnight stay at the very least, even in harsh conditions such as snow and freezing conditions. Spoiler alert: They did manage to dig themselves out in the morning with some much needed help from a passer by.

Well, I’m not a morning person by any stretch of the imagination but according to this post titled 7 scintillating blogging facts that blogs are mostly read in the morning and the peak times seem to be around 10 am. I seem to do all my blog reading at night and hopefully after 5 years I should be famous (if I keep going). Looks as though I have some work to do on the famous part.

and I’m not sure that I agreed with the comment posted by tssreviews. The reason behind it is that I have seen first hand how these colouring books have helped people with PTSD. What seems to happen is that they find them soothing or calming and even a distraction to what has been troubling them.  Even my nearly 70 year old mother in-law is hooked on the colouring book craze. She stated that she has found them to be useful in dealing with stress, and even at 68 she seems to have a lot of stress. Doodling or sketching is a little more difficult to achieve and I think that is because most people may feel as though that doodling is time wasting and their sketches are poor. Its comments like these that immediately sparked a response and emotion from me, which is fantastic so I hope that tssreviews continues to post thought provoking comments and comments in the future.

and there is nothing quite like a book review but what blows me away is the sheer number of book reviews that are here on Ajoobacats Blog. I am struggling to read one book at the moment (ok its Game of Thrones and I’m addicted) and I’m not sure how she has the time to read them all. So before I go buying another book I will certainly drop by this blog to read a review first.

So there you go, no photo today but rather some good blogs to check out and well worth visiting.