Excelsior Band 1883, Mardi Gras, Mobile, AL

This happens to be my favorite all time photo. I took this at a daytime Mardi Gras parade in Mobile, AL. Mardi Gras originated in Mobile and has a long, rich tradition there. This is a picture of James Brown, the youngest member of the Excelsior Band 1883, a traditional jazz band from Mobile. He is playing a marching french horn. I had set up on a short shaded stretch of street to lessen the effects of harsh light. I snapped seven or eight photos of the band in 20 seconds as they marched by with my Nikkor 80-200 2.8. Several of them were pretty good. This one was astounding to me. For me, it was one of the moments that makes photography what it is.
I can see why its your favorite the focus is perfect, the frame of the subject is perfect. I would not change a thing. Wonderful capture :)
posted March 12th, 2010  
Wonderful portrait! I really like the way his spanking white collar lifts the shot. The steady focus of his eyes is fabulous. Great shot!
posted March 14th, 2010  
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