Carnival Monday - Trinidad Carnival 2017
Carnival Monday is a great time to get out in the streets and practice taking photos for the main event on Tuesday. It's a bit more laid back - band members don't usually wear their full costume and a lot of the floats aren't fully decorated. But, people are still out to have as much fun as possible and all of the elements of Carnival Tuesday are there- crowds, trucks, security, music, etc. As with most other Carnival events, you're photographing in close quarters. My 50-140mm never came out of the bag. Having a wide zoom definitely comes in handy for those large costumes and floats; there's not a lot of room to back up. Things move a little more slowly than on Tuesday so you don't need extremely fast shutter speeds. I took all the photos with shutter speeds between 1/200 and 1/640 sec. Also, since different bands take different routes you can pick a street with good light. And, since the crowds can be dense, having a camera with an LCD monitor that tilts out can be handy for those photos where you have to get the camera up over your head. Don't forget to take shots of the street vendors, many of which have some colorful stuff to sell.
Next up - the main event, the parade of bands on Carnival Tuesday.