Celebrate Roanoke: exploring fun and photography

Practice makes perfect

Last night, I explored a local community festival called Celebrate Roanoke. I decided this would be a great opportunity to take out my camera and practice some night photography.

Celebrate Roanoke is a popular annual event in downtown Roanoke, Texas.

It was a gorgeous day for an outdoor festival and the place was packed full of people and fun. And by fun, I mean:

  • food booths
  • unique boutiques
  • fireworks (I missed this somehow)
  • magicians
  • puppet shows
  • bounce houses
  • juggling
  • live music
  • gunfights (historic reenactments)

It all takes place on the main drag in Roanoke – which is Oak Street.

There was so much going on, I found it a little challenging to find a suitable photography subject. I actually started getting a little frustrated by it.

Now, I should point out I’m an introvert and, if you know about introverts, we tend to find crowds energy draining.

So, I walked the entire length of Oak Street looking for a good shot and wasn’t coming up with anything.

It was time to test the meditation and mindfulness stuff I talk about on the show.

Miracle on Oak Street

I slowed down, took some deep breaths, relaxed, centered myself, and got into the moment.

It started getting darker when I finally noticed it – the pretzel stand. The stand has an old-school state fair look I really like and lots of light.

I took my time and tried a few shooting angles until I found a couple I really liked. Now, all I had to do was look through the viewfinder and snap away.

I’m pretty happy with the results.

Later, on the way back to my car, I snapped a picture of a food vendor with the Babe’s Chicken House sign in the background.

Celebrate Roanoke Babes
One of the food vendors in front of Babe’s

That makes two interesting subjects for my night photography exploration.

I wasn’t expecting mindfulness to help me out with my pictures, but it came to the rescue. You never know where or when it will come in handy.

Lesson learned and I can’t wait until next year’s celebration.


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