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This street performer was part of the annual Moomba parade yesterday afternoon. Apart from the amazing wig and make-up, you can just about notice a green teapot attached to the hairpiece and a teacup attached to the shoulder.

It’s very difficult shooting street performers, because they move in all directions and seldom stay still enough for a clear shot. Marchers, however, move in a steady linear direction – so they’re much easier to shoot.

The crowd where I was standing was about four or five deep, so I was lucky to get this unimpeded shot. Moomba, by the way, is the annual carnival celebrated at the start of the Australian autumn.

I do not crop, enhance or post-edit my images in any way. Shot with a Pentax K100D, using a Sigma 70-300mm lens. F8, 1/180 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.


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  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottalmost 5 years ago

    A spectacular shot, David!!! So colorful…and crisp…you are the master!!! Even when people are in motion …you slam dunk the shot!!! Such a wonderful human interest photo as well!!! Delightful Saint Paddy’s Day photo!

  • Thank you, Janine. I’m just lucky to be tall enough to shoot over the heads of a crowd. Think I was on tiptoe for this!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderfully FUN!!!

  • It was a very colourful parade, Cee – and I only just got there in time!

    – David McMahon

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thank you, Cee and Chris.

    – David McMahon

  • Lynn  Abbott
    Lynn Abbottalmost 5 years ago

    It pays to be tall!!! ;-)

  • Aye! And I was lucky with the weather. It bucketed with rain after the parade had finished!

    – David McMahon

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 5 years ago

    Beautiful capture and colors!

  • Thank you, Cheryl, I think I shot three of four frames … a person obscured one, a light pole intruded on another, but this one worked fairly well!

    – David McMahon

  • Betty Mackey
    Betty Mackeyalmost 5 years ago

    You sure this isn’t from the Oscars — the hair, the makeup…. Great shot!

  • Betty, you’ve put a HUGE grin on my face. I think this performer was en route to the Oscars, for sure!

    – David McMahon

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 5 years ago

    Great shot and title

  • Thanks on both counts, Shulie. So glad to hear you like the title!

    – David McMahon

  • MsLynn
    MsLynnalmost 5 years ago

    Wonderful title

  • Very kind of you to say so, MsLynn. Thank you very much!

    – David McMahon

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicalmost 5 years ago

    Haha, haha hhha hhah …. you’ve still got it hun!!♥

  • So glad it made you laugh, Linda! Thanks for the compliment!

    – David McMahon

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKalmost 5 years ago

    Ha Ha, great candid capture David. Also a great shot at that focal length from the midst of a crowd of people. Great work mate. Don. P.S. I know what you mean about street performers moving in and out etc… LOL. But you got a beauty:-)

  • Thank you, Don – yes, street performers are the most difficult to capture in a parade, simply by natures of their skills. And yes, I’m delighted that you like the result.

    – David McMahon

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