|View looking down the Strand (street)|
We drove to the Strand/Historic district & found out that admission to just walk on the streets was $17/person - so we ended up people watching from behind the fence - for free. Luckily we caught a parade & they threw us beads too - even though we were behind the "designated" area. We didn't find out if kids were free - the $17/adult was more than our budget would allow (we planned to eat out too - not to mention the $10 to pay for event parking).
|The parade was short, but we still caught enough beads.|
|Police horses were decked out in Mardi Gras beads too.|
|Not sure where this guy got those huge beads - they didn't look very comfortable to wear.|
|Some parties were throwing beads from the balconies of historic buildings - some of the buildings now have loft apts.|
Here's my comfort view for street photography - taking pictures of people as they walk away -- interesting head piece - sometimes what people have on the backside is more interesting than their frontside.
|Beautiful Mardi Gras head piece|
|Unknown man walking away from the party - but he was still "inside" the fence.|
|I put in B&W like I've seen other street pictures.|
I'm happy I at least tried to capture more of the street happenings, even if at a safe distance. We had a good time on the Island; watching crazy people surf (had decent waves - for Galveston), people starting to really party, ate somewhere we've never been to before, and wrapped it by taking night pictures along the seawall - lighted fishing piers, seawall traffic, etc. It was good to get out - even if the weather wasn't perfect. What adventure have you taken lately - a spur of the moment one? And how do you get the courage take strangers' pictures that close up?