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Originally uploaded by thinkfat

I like carnival parades! There's no other opportunity to take photos of smiling people, enjoying themselves, in colorful costumes, actually wanting to be seen.

This was my second year joining the crowd in Mayence during the Carnival Monday parade. I love to go there. It is a relaxed and joyful atmosphere and you can get really close to the people, interacting with them. The security is minimal, everybody is just having fun and does not mind a photographer running across the street, diving into the parade, taking images like crazy.

I used only the 45-200 zoom and it did not disappoint. It's fast to focus, light and sharp and the OIS really helps. I filled three memory cards with almost 1000 photos. The set on flickr contains approximately 120 images which I liked most. Many of them are Jpegs right out of the camera, just resized for presentation, some I had to lay hands on, some were developed from RAW.

Come, see and enjoy!