Happy Photo Friday! I wanted to say “happy Mardi Gras!” but Mardi Gras is over…which means that I am sad. There’s nothing quite like Mardi Gras. If you ever get the chance, I highly recommend you attend, whether that is here on the Gulf Coast or in New Orleans or Mobile, where Mardi Gras in the US began. Enjoy it and yourself. I know that we certainly do, and those days off that come with the celebration.
This past Saturday we made our way to New Orleans for our annual Mardi Gras parade tradition with friends and their family. This year we had a new edition to the group – a sweet little ginger who was ready to make his appearance last year but who is now turning one. As difficult as Mardi Gras was this year, that sweet baby was happy and peaceful. It can sometimes be easy to forget that Mardi Gras is about families and friends and those enduring connections.
We venture to New Orleans the Saturday before Mardi Gras to hang out on the corner of St. Charles and Common with our friends, who’s family has been in the same place for almost 3 decades. They welcome us in to enjoy parades by the Krewe of Iris and the Krewe of Tucks. I really love both of those parades but while Tucks is Sweet Husband’s favorite, Iris is mine.
One of the things that I love about Iris is that it is an all-female krewe. One of the other things that I love about it is the sense of whimsy that goes along with the parade. For me, the ladies with their white gloves and masks and the marching clubs and the specialty throws? It’s the definition of Mardi Gras for me. Making it even better this year is that 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Iris, which means that there were lots of commemorative throws and nostalgia on display.
Most of the Iris floats have specialty beads that are unique to the float. This year I between SH and I, we managed to catch 8-10 specialty beads, including an enamel fleur de lis featuring scenes from last 100 years. Because I am a nerd, I kinda want to put together a shadow box with those fun, special beads.
While all of the krewes have marching clubs that participate in them, I love the Krewe des Fleurs. From what I can tell, it’s a relatively new krewe that picks a new flower to parade as. This year, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Iris, they marched as Louisiana irises.
I don’t often talk about my editing choices when I post my photos, but I thought I would this week. The photos this week have been edited with a matte preset in order to help correct and/or minimize the haze and sunflare that my original images contained. Unfortunately, at the time that Iris rolled, the sun was near directly overhead. In the harsh mid-day light with long shadows from tall buildings, and with the parade rolling from the west, it was difficult to get a shot that wasn’t totally washed out. Sometimes you have to just roll with it. You know?
I’ll be back next week with my monthly 10 on 10 post…which will just so happen to feature more shots from Mardi Gras. I warned y’all. There are a ton of pictures. For the two parades we saw on Saturday, I shot almost 650 images. The initial cull took that down to a little over 350. The editing for this week’s post just made it through just 30 of them…with another cull of 10 images. I’ll eliminate probably 200 of the remaining images – either because they are duplicates or because they aren’t exactly what I want them to be. Maybe I have a shot for one of the last four years that is very similar. Don’t worry – I won’t share all of those images with you. Even I can concede that there can be too much of a good thing!
Have a great weekend y’all! Thanks for stopping by!
Photo Friday Link-Up
Welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so glad that you are here with us this week, and I can’t wait to see what you have for us. We had another tie for most-viewed last week. Mary from The Boondocks Blog shared snowy mountains in Greece and Sara from Sara’s Fave Photo Blog shared pink begonias.
Our final link came from My Travel Affairs, exploring New Zealand. There are always a ton of impressive links that are added throughout the weekend. If you didn’t get a chance to stop by and visit some of those fellow photographer bloggers, consider swinging back by and taking a look.
Also – please make sure that you are visiting the other participants. People quite participating when they feel like they aren’t getting anything out of the experience; been there, done that myself. Do unto others and all that jazz.
As always, I’m excited to see what you have for us this week!