This was shot just over 24 hours ago, as I stood on tiptoe (even though I’m six foot three!) to try and get a clear shot over the heads of onlookers at the annual Moomba parade.
I watched this marching band coming down the street and I knew there was a chance of an interesting reflection in the polished brass of the tuba. Because I opted to use my 70-300mm lens instead of my standard 18-125, I knew I’d be able to get a very tight frame with interesting depth of field.
Sure enough, this frame (one of about four that I shot very quickly) shows not just the sky, but the city skyline behind the band, as well as performers who still hadn’t emerged into my restricted field vision. Interestingly enough, the interior of the tuba shows an inverted image of the tightly-packed crowd in front of the band.
The purple peaked caps of the musicians (as well as their white music sheets) make for an interesting motif in the foreground blur, while the dark background comes from the foliage of date palms and other trees across the street.
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, 1/350 sec, ISO 200, focal length 300mm.
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