Sunday, December 5, 2010

The Santa Parade


This is my night photo for Carmi's Thematic Photographic, night. I'm not a big night photography guy. Buy, I was going to see the annual Southampton Holiday Parade and the arrival of Santa, (Santa's helper).

The various towns decorate a fire truck and parade down Jobs Lane, our Main Street. There's a committee that gives a trophy for the best decorations. This year Hampton Bays won with a truck decorated as The Polar Express, it was very good, but not my favorite.

The North Sea Fire Department decorated a truck as Snoopy's dog house and all the department members had big round heads like the Peanuts characters. I thought the Seanuts (for North Sea) crew should have won. But alas, it's about the lights not the costumes.

So this was the best out of the bunch. I leaned against the street sign to steady the camera the best I could.

This was made with the Canon 5d mkII and processed with ACR.


 

7 comments:

Lynne H. said...

What fun that must have been.. I love night-time parades. We have a big one here called "Gasparilla"... you would enjoy photographing that one ...
this a great picture and the back of the crowd is amazingly clear..

Nice one Steve!!!!

nance marie said...

hey, what better time to capture a night shot, but with fire trucks decorated with lights! i like that you can also see the people that are watching. i can also see santa's helper riding on top of the truck.

Hilary said...

So nice and colourful. Hand-held night shots are never easy. Nicely done.

S. Etole said...

I like the way the light "halos" the people ...

Lynne said...

Getting into the festive spirit.

Karen S. said...

Oh this is a beautiful night photo, complete with so many glowing colors, (I love the lights in darkness) and your picture just puts some happy holiday spirit inside of me! Thank you so much!

Carmi said...

I love how you chose to compose this one, Steve. It has such a dreamy quality to it, almost as if the float is literally floating in space both above and behind the crowd. An iconic seasonal image if ever there was one.

Have you shown it to the parade organizers? I'm sure they'd be tickled to see such a great representation of the event!