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Shad Parade

By proz
Ancient ritual for a substantial years catch of fish on the river in the roundout area of the Hudson river. Formally known as the Festival of shad. Wherein massive quantities of alcohol and various other substances are consumed, then a young nubile virgin -if one can be found that is- is smeared with caviar upon a large table of Carrs Water Crackers _ quite simply the best cracker made for such a ritual but that is a story for another day.

Anyway this is all pretty much just ramblings of a mind that probably should have avoided the blotter acid all those years ago but hey........

Tags: Beer Photo journalism General Costume Black and white Fishes Parade River fest Shad Lots of beer We need more beer

Voters: helenlinda, dianah, nolongeramember and 65 more

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dianah 16 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2008 10:04PM
This is excellent in mono..lots of detail.
Bob_V 15 1 2 United States
21 Jul 2008 10:13PM
What a great mono Proz, great tones and detail.
bobalot 15 10 England
21 Jul 2008 10:15PM
where do you find these people Proz ,magic.

imagio 16 12 1 England
21 Jul 2008 10:18PM
Fascinating story with an intriuging image Proz.

photophantom 14 108 3 Philippines
21 Jul 2008 10:36PM
Excellent shot Proz
Silverzone 15 2 England
21 Jul 2008 10:46PM
Interesting image. Sylvia
FeatherFriend 14 38 217 England
21 Jul 2008 10:48PM
Super shot Proz, sorry for the clicks, but trying to catch up after being away for two weeks.
MickyMc 14 8 United Kingdom
21 Jul 2008 11:00PM
Love the fish peeping in from the left
Cormy 14 3 England
21 Jul 2008 11:03PM
Lovely cqapture Proz.
jaktis 18 84 Sweden
22 Jul 2008 4:53AM
We are awaiting more pictures from this event, looks interesting

riprap007 18 1.6k 37 England
22 Jul 2008 5:55AM
makes for a good mono, colour would have perhaps been too busy
fentiger 21 920 24 England
22 Jul 2008 7:47AM
Well observed candid which works extremely well in mono.

franken Plus
20 5.5k 4 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 8:32AM
Excellent mono shot... well worth the 30th!

woolybill1 Plus
16 38 79 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 10:03AM
As so often happens, the use of mono forces us (if we need to be forced) to look at the characters themselves. This is such good mono, too. So we have the man in the mask - yes, his head is nodding back, definitely needs more beer and soon; the young lady in the shades - rather pretty imho but can't tell if she fits your job description; the Easter Island mask in the window; and the blotter acid sniffer who has turned into a fish............

P.S.: English soldiers' song of World War 1, sung to the hymn tune "Abide with me" -

We've had no beer, we've had no beer today,
Where's the use of living? tell us, tell us, pray!
We've had no beer, is the burden of our lay:
We've had no beer, no beer since yesterday.
Richsr 15 91 223 England
22 Jul 2008 10:31AM
Like the tones and details in this Proz - love the narrative too.
Regards Richard.
Buffalo_Tom 16 2.3k 29 Wales
22 Jul 2008 10:38AM
Excellent light and tones P.
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.4k 2548 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 11:03AM
Blowing his own trumpet, the way a lot of people do. What fascinates me is not the talk of beer (can't stand the stuff) or nubile virgins, but the way the mask appears to be clipped precariously to his nostrils and he's having to keep his head back to stop it falling off. Also that mask was made for someone with eyes remarkably close together, wasn't it.
The fish looks depressed. As well he might.
Excellent, fun.
Scaramanga 14 60 6 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 4:45PM
Its a great image full of character, I knew it was the acid.
SRSmith 15 1 United States
22 Jul 2008 5:08PM
So much detail and eye-catching action.
sunshot 17 24 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 5:54PM
superb mono shot proz, great tones and excellent detail

Sue_R 16 11 6 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 6:21PM
Works well in mono.

GalleryGirl 15 4 2 United Kingdom
22 Jul 2008 7:15PM
Sounds like a great excuse for a party! Super image.
Marilyn x
22 Jul 2008 8:57PM
Nice work
mikbee 15 3 8 Scotland
22 Jul 2008 11:20PM
Good image Proz.But I was rather more interested in your narrative. You will be aware that I too can suffer from ramblings of the mind. It worked overtime here !!!
tigertimb 14 40 66 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2008 7:25AM
Interesting candid and I love the way the woman and the fish seem to be conversing regarding the man with the camera. Great fun with the writeup, but all very fishy Smile
23 Jul 2008 8:37AM
magnifince....simply superb

Rylands 14 1 2 United Kingdom
23 Jul 2008 11:44AM
Great image Proz coupled with excellent history
Diana 15 2.0k 19 Netherlands
24 Jul 2008 11:33PM
cover me with caviar.....your crackers Proz....Smile

Love it

Milla 14 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2008 4:33AM
Excellent, Proz, so much great detail and textures, cool expressions, and everything brilliantly composed. Like this a lot Smile

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