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Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

I almost always have a camera with me.  My Canon 50D is my favorite, but I don’t always carry it around.  At times when I don’t have it, I rely on my point and shoot.  One time when I prefer to use my point and shoot is when the crowd looks like this:

ISO 200 15mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

ISO 200 15mm 0ev f/5.6 1/125

This was the crowd at this afternoon’s Wiener Dog Races that are part of Mardi Gras here in St. Louis.  It’s a popular event.  It’s a friendly and vibrant crowd, but not the best place to take my bigger camera.  Here’s a shot of what people came to see:

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/500

ISO 200 4mm 0ev f/2.7 1/500

Mostly the dogs seem to love this, some however, are not impressed:

ISO 200 22mm 0ev f/5.9 1/200

ISO 200 22mm 0ev f/5.9 1/200

This little fellow seemed to be disdainful of the pleas and shouts of encouragement to run.  This little shot of defiance was my favorite shot of the day, and something that my point and shoot can easily handle. In this case, I feel like I can get the photos I want for the story I want to tell with the smaller camera. I have left the photos as they were shot, no editing.  For this particular post, I wanted the photos to convey the sense of a casual observer taking in an event.

How do you handle photography in a crowd like this? Do you take a smaller camera, or do you fearlessly wade in with your largest camera? Your thoughts are welcome below.



44 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant

  1. lensaddiction says:

    I only have the choice of a big camera (or my phone but it doesnt really count) so I just wade in. Generally I find if you have a big expensive PROFESSIONAL looking camera, people take you seriously and get out of your way – I don’t barge to the front by any means but when people see you have a big camera they tend to make room for you which I certainly appreciate!


  2. I always bring my smartphone by the way, less and less now do I bring a separate point and shoot as it has become somewhat cumbersome and my iPhone takes adequate photos 🙂


  3. I always prefer a smaller camera over a bigger one. When it comes to crowds, my point and shoot is what I use – but I still use it either in manual or AP mode. The times when I take out my mirrorless camera are when I’m going on trips where I know I won’t have to compete with crowds to move around.


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  5. Frank Simpson says:

    I went to School at Washington University…Don’t remember January looking as mild as a January day here in Sonoma County! These photos must have been in fall or summer. You had a beautiful day indeed. Quite an event 🙂


  6. In 1955 there was a funeral of a 14 year old boy in Chicago that really generated national and some international attention. There was a photograph taken at the funeral that became one of the iconic images of the entire 20th century, that photograph touched so many, so deeply, it moved people. The photographer who took that shot nearly stood in the casket to get that image. Few remember the affront to the family, millions still remember that image to this day.


    • Hi Charlie, I just wanted to say that for some reason, I got a notification of your comment but the comment itself was in my spam bin here when I went to moderate it on the blog. I’m glad it didn’t get lost because I think you bring up an important point about photography. Some of the most important images required quite a bit of courage on the photographers part. Thank you for your thoughtful response.


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  8. Hey – I left comments for each photo so I won’t repeat it all – but do have to add one more tidbit to the wiener dog – cos in addition to the worn out line marking the path- I also love the handed – the colorful words – with “run” too – and it right above him! Truly a layered photo with so much – even the dangling variety of hands adds to the energy!


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