Checkmate!

Wandering around the city I stumbled across these blokes playing over size chess. At one point I actually thought they were playing for more than fun.

Checkmate !

 

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 !

New Camera, new beginning

I had been looking for a new camera for many years and my intention was to buy Nikon again as I had a reasonable amount of lenses but finding that they had grown not just in quality and what they can do but they had also grown in price so I needed to see what else was on the market. What was everyone else using ?

Much to my surprise I discovered mirrorless cameras to be not just good, but excellent. They are light, compact and easy to use and fulfil all my requirements of what I was wanting in a camera. So after a few weeks of scouring the camera shops bargain bins (there are no bargain bins) I purchased a new Sony A7. I know its not the latest model but for just under 2 grand its right for me. Right in price and right in size and usability

And this is the first photo that I took of our little but growing rapidly Border Collie, Scout and I was immediately impressed with the results.

Now I have a renewed passion to get out and shoot

Happy shooting

Scout

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.

Chinese Newsreader

Everyday he sits in the park catching the warm rays of the sun whilst reading the (only what I can assume) is the Chinese News Paper.

The Chinese Newsreader