Tuesday, March 10, 2015

XT-1, 16-55mm, International Woman's Day

March 8th was International Woman's Day. I'm not one for large crowds of people, they kind of freak me out, but I thought it would be a good photo opportunity to work some of the winter acquired rust off my brain shutter finger. I did a lot of this stuff for years. Squirming my way through the crowd of photographers, all trying to get the same shot, just to get a good angle. Running backwards at the head of the parade while trying to get some interesting shots of the marchers and avoid tripping over the cops (who constantly reminded me to keep moving). I remembered very quickly why it was that I disliked that work so much.

But at the rally near the United Nations Headquarters in Manhattan, thousands of people (mostly women) gathered to listen to some speakers and form up for the march. It was a great opportunity to mix with the crowd and shoot. I filled up an entire 16g SD card (about 400+ RAW images), and by the end of the afternoon I was buzzed.

I split the images into two groups (for no reason other than I didn't want to post them all on one day): head/portrait shots and shots with banners and signs. The second group will be in my next posting. Some interesting juxtapositions there.