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2012 Mummer's Parade

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Ray Sachs, Jan 2, 2012.

  1. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Time once again for our annual installment of Mummer's Parade shots. Gotta be the strangest civic event north of New Orleans, at least in the Americas...

    I shot exclusively with my Olympus, LOTS with the 14-150 zoom (I don't use a zoom much, but couldn't imagine a better lens for an event like this!), a little bit with the 9-18, a fair amount with the 12, and then a bit with the Samyung fisheye. A couple of quick gear observations - the improved AF on the new m43 cameras is a HUGE advantage for this type of shooting. I shot this even with the same lens last year, but with an EP2 body. Shooting with an EPL3 is like night and day in terms of nailing focus and the percentage of keepers. Big, BIG improvement. Second, if you're gonna immerse yourself in weirdness, a fisheye REALLY accentuates that. I sort of stuck the fisheye on as an afterthought as I was walking back to catch a train. I should have shot a LOT more with it. I think some of the fisheye shots do a better job of catching the essence of this crazy mess than any of the "normal" lens. Distortion is your friend when shooting distorted stuff!

    Full set on Flickr at:

    2011 Mummers Parade - a set on Flickr

    And here are some samples.

    First, the parade itself...

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    A few close ups:

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    One with the Fisheye:

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    Those maintaining what will have to pass for order:

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/20889767@N05/6620270813/" title="P1012521 by ramboorider1, on Flickr"> View attachment 187137 "1024" height="1024" alt="P1012521"></a>

    (my very favorite Philly cop!):
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    And the people participating only slightly less directly!

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    And a couple more fisheye shots, just because:

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  2. David A

    David A Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 30, 2011
    Brisbane, Australia
    That last one is a great shot for the fisheye.
  3. Biro

    Biro Mu-43 All-Pro

    May 8, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Great shots, Ray. I love Philadelphia. I grew up in Toms River, New Jersey. A lot of New York-centric people moved into the area in the 1960s and 1970s. But my allegience was always with Philly. It was a lot easier to drive across New Jersey via Route 70 to get to Veteran's Stadium or the Spectrum than it was to get to New York. And so I rooted for all the Philly teams - the Phillies, Eagles, Flyers and Sixers. I remember being at the Vet the year it opened... sitting in the 50-cent cheap seats for a Braves-Phillies game and seeing Hank Aaron hit a home run. They say New York is a great sports town - and it is - but I've never seen the kind of passion that Philly fans have. The Mummers Parade is an extension of that passion in The Cradle of Liberty.
  4. bfjr

    bfjr Mu-43 Regular

    enjoyed this series very much.
    Nicely captured all of them !
  5. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Apr 17, 2010
    Near Philadephila
    Thanks all. I'm not a native, but I've lived in the Philly area for about 20 years now and its definitely gotten into my blood. Stuff like this is endlessly fun to shoot. And I love the fisheye, but my wife calls those shots (more on the Flickr set) "the nausea series"! :biggrin:

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