Picture of the Week 27 – Clown Band

Canon EOS 60D ,Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS
1/500s f/11.0 at 37.0mm iso400

Ok, one last photo from the San Diego County Fair for this year: This is the Circle City Sidewalk Stompers Clown Band, a fantastic 12 member brass band from Indianapolis. They are fabulous musicians and would be one of the better bands you’ve heard even if they weren’t funny, but their trademark are the clown routines and funny choreography that accompanies their performances.

This photo tries to use creative framing. The two players in the colorful red outfits and the big tuba frame the view of several other band members in the background. This is a good example of a shot where even minor adjustments in the position of the photographer can make a big difference in composition. In addition, the players were also swaying slightly while they were playing, so to get a good composition took a little patience and a few tries. Ideally, I would have liked to include the head of one more trumpet player which is obscured by the tuba.

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