Taking a Break
This the last photo that I'm posting from the Gion Matsuri to this blog for now. Maybe I'll do another feature on it next July, if I'm still going with this BLOG. My wife and I recently made a short trip to Australia and then had a busy week catching up with work after that, so that's why I haven't posted any BLOGs for a while.
I know it's August now, but I wanted to finish off the "July" themed photos with this one, before moving on the "August" themed photos. These guys were taking a break from carrying one of the smaller floats in the Gion Matsuri. I think this float is one of the smaller "yama" floats, but it seems to be a bit small even for one of those, so I'm not sure. There are a number of other objects including Mikoshi (portable Shinto Shrines) that are carried during the parade.
It must be incredibly hard work pushing, pulling, or carrying the floats and Mikoshi during the parade in the summer's heat. Fortunately there are a number of times to rest, when they allow people to cross the roads in front of the parade. I snapped this photo while these four young guys where taking a break as they waited for the crowds to cross the road in front of them.
This this photo was captured in with a Nikon D700 and an AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens. This the jpeg file straight from the camera, no post processing has been done on this image.