This stilt walker was part of yesterday’s Melbourne Cup parade. You want to know how tall they were? Jeepers, I’m guessing at least five metres tall.
There was a fair breeze as they walked across Princes Bridge, so the “petals” of this elaborate flower costume kept blowing up around the stilt walker’s face. But because the gossamer-thin fabric was translucent, I shot a couple of frames of the person’s face through the material.
Then, realising that lots of bystanders had their cameras ready, the performer pushed the petals down slightly, just enough for me to fire off this frame.
I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F6.7, 1/500 sec, ISO 200, 300mm.
Featured by my co-host in ANYTHING WE WEAR, November 2009.
Featured in 60’s GLORY, January 2010.