It’s been a long time since I’ve been to any Christmas parade, and it’s been about forty years since I’ve been to the one in Tupelo. The last time I went to the Tupelo Christmas parade, it was still a nighttime event, and my parents would park our car in front of the Firestone store on Main Street so we could see the Shriners drive their little cars around in circles–that was my favorite part, better even than Santa Claus!
There were no Shriners this year, and the parade was held at 10:00 in the morning, but it was a beautiful day and we thoroughly enjoyed soaking up some of the local flavor. I carried my Nikon D700 and the 28-300mm lens. I used a very wide aperture, not only to get a high shutter speed but also to practice some depth-of-field techniques. I wanted to see if I could focus on particular faces in the crowd, or on certain features of the parade floats.
I wound up taking 447 frames, so I have a lot of images to go through. Of course, most aren’t worth mentioning, but I did capture a few that I really like. Here are the first two that I’ve spent some time on this evening. I’m using Paintshop Photo Pro X4 and Topaz Adjust 5 for my processing:
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