I have been going through all kinds of photos this week of the Dragonboat Festival last weekend and I can’t help but smile again and again.
You’re going to smile too. I dare you not to!
This pose is called Dragonboat Thinker.
I rented a 14-24 2.8 lens for this event from lensprotogo.com (fantastic people) and it was a serious piece of glass. Yes, a serious piece of glass. I was up close to these guys and you can see that the edges of the photo get a little wonky but it really enhances the fun in this photo. I’ve added the lens to my wishlist, one day . . .
This woman was a blast. She was really into her costume and she reminded me of a beautiful and ethereal mermaid – who is orange.
The animals were all out in full force – big ones, small ones . . .
some as big as your head . . .
We attempted to put a t-shirt on Ernie, but for a number of reasons, we had to take it off but it sure was a lot of fun trying.
I didn’t have my long lens on me so I missed all the shots of the husband and the girls out on the water. The 14-24 is a great lens but didn’t do the job on this photo.
My friend Photographer Tom got some good shots of the boat so I’ll show you some of his.
Photo courtesy of Tom Herritt.
Photographer Tom got some great shots of the action from the boat. I like this one.
Photo courtesy of Tom Herritt.
I was able to photograph them on land when they took a lunch break. Sydney-girl got sunburned that day and I felt so badly. The girl kept saying it wasn’t our fault but for the record, I don’t like it when kids get burned when they are under our care. Kyle got sunburned after our Puerto Rico vacation last year and I worried about it for a month, thinking Rhonda, his mother, may never let us take him anywhere again.
The girl just rolled her eyes.
There were so many teams so it was hard for me to differentiate between them all, but this photo is of Mayor Bruce and his team. His wife came by and gave me a wine glass with peach wine and ice in it, and even though I don’t live in that town, I would gladly write his name on the ballot at the next election – wait, is that legal?
Just joshing – ha!
The peach wine was good though.
As far as I’m concerned, this team won the day. This is Miss Kathy’s team and of all the teams, they raised the most money for End Hunger. They are called the Thai Paddlers because they consisted of people who practice muay Thai, or Thai boxing. Don’t mess with them!
With the team is our local celebrity, Weatherman Doug. He was the MC that day. He was witty and did a great job. He has one of “those” voices, the kind that you don’t mind listening to all day.
I once did a television promo for him and one day, while eating breakfast at my kitchen counter, I looked up to see myself on television talking about why I watch Weatherman Doug’s weather forecast. It was quite surreal. I said I trusted his predictions and if he said it’s going to rain, then I can take that to the bank – or something silly like that.
I’m not good at speaking extemporaneously. Which is why I have this blog.
Looked like fun doesn’t it? It was!