Puck it.

Today I went to the parade in D.C for the Caps. I’m not going to claim I know anything about hockey besides that they use a puck. But, it was a monumental occasion because the Capitals won the Stanley Cup!

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This was also a monumental occasion for me because I HATE large crowds. Like, I’d rather eat glass than do something that involves being crammed into a large crowd with thousands of sweaty people. But, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be!

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Today was like walking in a sea of red. So many Caps jerseys!

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This was the most difficult part of this event. With there being so many people I had a hard time trying to zero in on one person for a shot. This was taken at the Mall and is only a small fraction of the number of people I saw today. It was insane!

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Nevertheless, it was still an amazing time despite feeling like you’re shoved in a can of sardines. Luckily I didn’t have to get captions today and actually talk to people. I think I might have died if I had to do that.

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There were people of all ages in attendance. With such a momentous win I wasn’t surprised to see such a large crowd.

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Getting group shots was also quite a challenge for me. Usually, I focus in on one or two people to get the shot that I want, but this time I had to get some group shots of the crowd going wild for the team as the walked out on the main stage.

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I still managed to get some nice portraits though. Smiles all around!!

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Even Santa made a guest appearance! He was pretty friggin’ excited.

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Then we had this one random guy walking around in this amazing outfit. It was nice to get this contrast against the sea of red jerseys.

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At the end of the day, I still had fun attending this event. I overcame my hatred/fear of large crowds and managed to still get some decent photos. This was by far the most challenging assignment I’ve photographed so far and I couldn’t be happier. Thanks for sticking around until the end and stay tuned for my photos from Pride this upcoming weekend!!

 

 

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