The pictures tell the story. The parade is popular again. In the 1970s it was ignored. Yes Fifth Ave was closed but the streets were empty. I can't say when the parade again began to have an audience, but the first Gulf War and September 11, both played a part.

Nowadays, the crowds are lively,and the marchers diverse.

I used the Sony Rx10 to photograph the parade. It is this camera or others of its special niche that I recommend as the single camera to buy for an amateur who does not want to travel with a carload of lenses and gear. Don't waste your money on a DSLR unless you want to go all in.

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Comment by Foolish Monkey on November 12, 2016 at 7:56am

Terry your images are just stunning..capturing the pride, pomp and circumstance with a beautiful NYC autumn day lighting it.  It's good to see people coming out again to cheer our military and give them the acknowledgement they deserve.   I think now we've become a bit wiser where we place blame for the horrors of war, having learned these brave men and women are giving us everything: the greatest honor anyone can give - their willingness to sacrifice themselves for their country.

btw: Your compositions are stellar.  Thank you.  hugs.

PS the floats are a new twist.  it's great seeing the fashion industry represented!  very cool.  also the colorguards.  god, how I love colorguards!!

Comment by JMac1949 Today on November 12, 2016 at 8:24am

R&L ;-)

Comment by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 8:28am

the floats are very very few - in any case, thanks for taking a look.

Comment by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 8:38am

FM  -  one more thing, while many artists may have a concept, many have none.  You cannot take images of moving people and continuous changes unless you compose intuitively - that is what I do.  it is an intuition built not only by taking pictures but by painting and drawing for now 60 years.   Anyway, hence my distrust of artistic ideas expressed in words. 

I know I have been quite argumentative about art, but if those who looks at my work cannot accept that I have the right to speak, then I have no other way to convince them.  

Comment by Zanelle on November 12, 2016 at 9:44am

Wonderful photos of a dignified parade!!!  The people are so proud and orderly.  That is nice to see.  

It always makes me sad when you talk about your fancy cameras.  I appreciate quality but I cannot afford it.  My little camera and photo editing on the computer are all I have and that is all I am going to have because I am not a professional photographer.  That doesnt mean Im not an artist.  Composition, color, content, passion....all those things are important.  So is individual style and the story of your life.  We are all on this journey together.  It is the parade of life and I like to run along with a parade and shoot all sorts of random things in a carefree manner.  It is just who I am.  You have a wonderful touch with technology and super equipment.  I dont see why there has to be any discussion about whether it is Art or not.  Of course you are a fine artist.  

    I didnt realize you have a distrust of artistic ideas expressed in words.  Really?  You don't see OF MICE AND MEN as an artistic wonder?  Words are images woven in visions.  You seem to judge art by some sort of technological measure instead of through your heart.  Art is about love and creativity and death and the minute...

Comment by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 9:55am

Zanelle - you seem to misunderstand me. to be frank the camera i mentioned is a consumer camera, not a high end professional camera. and my recommendation was to NOT buy what many think is a professional camera (DSLR) but a camera that is in the rank below.

but.. re cameras and tools, i may be an amateur but i take a professional approach to paint and brushes. and re cameras, i try to get close to the professionals - after all, the better the tools the less that stands between the maker and art.

Comment by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 9:58am

re words and art, as i said, i distrust words in explaining art. (especially re visual art). i have not read of mice and men. i have read grapes of wrath and found myself frustrated (truth to tell, i don't like fiction) but... my suspicion of words applies primarily to art that is not constructed of words .

Comment by Zanelle on November 12, 2016 at 10:43am

It is all relative.  Even your low end camera is too expenive for me.  Most people are using phones now for photos and getting some great shots.  Sometimes tools are good and sometimes they take over the Art.

Ok  I see now you distrust words to explain Art.  I get that.  I can also see why you wouldnt like fiction with your brain.  You are unique.  You dont have to defend yourself.  Art speaks for itself.

Comment by Zanelle on November 12, 2016 at 10:50am

  My granddaughter is trying to figure it all out too at six.  She said that her little friend drew houses like the A frame here and then she said that she drew houses like the one up in the upper corner.   She seemed to want me to say that her little house with the chimney was better.  Of course I told her that they were both good.   She wasnt too pleased with that.

Comment by Terry McKenna on November 12, 2016 at 11:08am

When my wife and I married 40 years ago, we tried to make an art career.  Our favorite paper was fabriano hot pressed.  it could be soaked and scrubbed and it endured.  

I am 65, and in a few years will retire.  When I do, i will have bought my last camera.  so in a few years we will be using whatever we can find.  but for now, I use slightly better cameras.  but none are up to a leica. 


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