Traditional Mas - Trinidad Carnival 2017
After the Canboulay reenactment a short traditional Mas begins on Piccadilly St. in Port of Spain. It's a good opportunity to photograph traditional Mas characters, some of which you might not see at other Carnival events. The Mas moves fairly slowly so it's not difficult to photograph. Again, it helps if you have credentials since there are lots of police there to keep the spectators out of the way. As you can see from the photos there's a lot of fire spinning and spitting going on. One tip I can give you is to use a longer lens when photographing the fire spitters. Trust me on this one.
All in all, it's a fairly laid back parade and you can move around pretty freely. And since the sun is starting to come up you can back off on your ISO.
This Mas doesn't last long, probably because most people are pretty much shot after getting up for Canboulay and just want to take a nap before starting over in the afternoon.
All the photos were taken with a Fuji XT-2 and 16-55mm f/2.8 lens. Yeah, even the fire spitter. The singed lens hood is my proof...