New Technology and Old Traditions

All photos courtesy of Morgan Packard

Growing up it seemed my mother was always taking photos; because of this, there’s a box somewhere in her home containing nothing but pictures of me with my tongue sticking out (Sorry, Mom!).

Now I’m the person who always has a camera – no really, ask my friends. Whether you want documentation of a moment or not, I’ve probably already taken a photo of you. This comes in handy occasionally when, a) they need a photo of themselves, because I always have a few from which to choose and b) when it’s time to choose what to wear to balls during Carnival, so we can rotate dresses without duplicating year to year.

 Oddly, now that I think about it, my obsession with photos has never led me to take a photography class or own a fancy camera – until now. Thanks to my husband, we now own (insert drumroll here) a Canon 70D. And it has changed my life. Playing with lenses and shutter speeds has amounted to thousands upon thousands of trash photos and a couple good ones.




So when Super Sunday rolled around again a couple weeks ago, the early afternoon found him and I debating which lenses would work best to capture these pretty, pretty costumes and the people who created them.

With all that in mind, I used the longest lens we have and, out of more than 1,500 photos that I took, have more than a few keepers. If you’re inspired to go out to St. Joseph’s Day celebrations or Super Sunday next year, please keep the following in mind.



1) Don’t get in their way. This is the No. 1 most important part, and unfortunately the number of people doing so has increased exponentially. This is their moment, not your moment to get the perfect photo. Also, if you don’t you might get hit by the Spy Boy or Wild Man (I’m looking at you, dude who should’ve been wearing a shirt).

2) Have cash on hand just in case. You’re going to want to eat some of the amazing food on offer, especially if you’re there all day (just say yes to the pork chop, and maybe a snow ball). Also, on Super Sunday most people masking won’t ask for money in exchange for having their photo taken, but you don’t want to be the person who when asked has to refuse, delete the photo and leave a bad impression.

3) Look for the close up. Each suit is so pretty (Tell them so when you see them!) that sometimes the overall shot can be too much. Take some photos of the details so you can marvel at the three-dimensional beaded bees at your leisure at home in the air conditioning, instead of getting in everyone’s way on the street.



And most of all take as many photos as you can, enjoy your city and when your friend aims her camera at you, please don’t stick out your tongue. 





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