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Fleeting Moments – Weekly Photo Challenge

by Penny Sadler

This photo brings back great memories. I took it last year at the Fiesta Old Spanish Days Santa Barbara parade. I used to be a regular at this parade, but had not been for a few years. Last summer, I really needed to escape the Texas heat, so I contacted my friends in Santa Barbara and said, “Viva la fiesta!” Translation, I’m coming to visit. Let’s do Fiesta!

I rented a Nikon f2.8 70-200 lens to photograph the parade. If you have witnessed a parade first hand, you know, they are chock full of “fleeting moments.” You need a fast lens. It was my first time to use that lens, and to photograph a parade.

Fiesta Santa Barbara fairy woman @PennySadler 2012

I loved this woman with her fairy wings and bubbles. I hope you like her too. I could post a zillion photos from the parade that I think would fit the theme for this week. I had a blast. So much so, you’ll see me there again this year. I’ll be at Joe’s on State St about 11:30 a.m., enjoying an adult beverage before the parade begins.

Fiesta events officially begin on August 1, 2012, however there are pre-Fiesta events beginning as early as April.  Five days of  festive parties, music, markets, rodeos, parades and carnivals for the kids. Most of the activity takes place in and around the old historic area of downtown . La Fiesta Pequena is the opening event and takes place at the Old Mission Santa Barbara.

This year the dates for Fiesta are August 1 – 5, 2012. Fiesta Santa Barbara has become one of the top regional parades in the country.

©PennySadler 2012. All rights reserved.

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[…] For this weeks photo challenge, Movement, I went back to my Fiesta Old Spanish Days album and found this one. I took this at the parade where I captured so many memorable moments. The band is the Oxnard High School Marching Band. Marching band, movement, right? It’s fun to try different angles with the camera and not always shoot something expected. Lines and light capture my eye and I think are a great way to show movement. Read more about Fiesta Old Spanish Days in my post for last weeks photo challenge here […]

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island traveler July 10, 2012 at 5:31 pm

Love the woman too. She gave a very generous , happy and fun smile. The bubble blaster created a very exciting moment. I bought one for my son during our Disney trip a few years ago and he had a great time playing with it.

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The Retiring Sort July 4, 2012 at 4:25 pm

What a fun subject – great photo!

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Penny July 4, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Thank you.
After all these years, at least 12? Fiesta is still fun. I don’t go every year, but often enough.

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The Retiring Sort July 4, 2012 at 4:29 pm

We used to live there – it’s always a good time!

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Penny July 4, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Ahhh so you KnoW. 🙂

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The Retiring Sort July 4, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Yep 😉

Emma July 4, 2012 at 2:20 pm

Oh parades, wonderful photo options…

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Penny July 4, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Thanks Emma. Appreciate you stopping by.

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