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Oktoberfest in Shirlington, Virginia (Part One)

Today was a long day.  In fact, I feel downright nasty after drinking a ton of beer and eating brats, bar food and then drinking more beer.  On the other hand, the festival was lots of fun and I am really pleased with my photographs.  And maybe you’ve come to hear about the beer or the people or something like that but first I’m going to talk about the light.  There was amazing light at the festival, particularly in the area I was working in (right across from Best Buns).  Beautiful sunlight streaming in over the top of everyone’s head, bouncing back up into their faces off our very reflective picnic tables.  It was pretty dreamy.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Yes, that’s me and George.  And hecks yeah we poured Abita.  We had to kind of muscle our way into that spot – some lady wanted to be here because she really loves Purple Haze.  Yeah, okay lady, try living in New Orleans for five years, including one after the storm, and then you can fight me for Abita.  Our co-pourer Emily did an excellent job with the snapshots.  It always amuses me when people try to use my camera – they always seem kinda afraid to put it to their eye.  Maybe it’s because the rubber thingie that is supposed to cushion your face broke a long time ago and it looks pretty ratty…

Anyway, more photos from our “working” time!  There were lots of awesome characters at the festival.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

This dude was going for some kind of comic relief action by staring at a St. Bernard for plenty of time for me to catch him on film.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

More from behind the beer tents.  Look at this light.  Too bad nobody was getting married at Oktoberfest.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Okay I’m definitely getting the impression that this post has gone on long enough.  Tomorrow, Shirlington Oktoberfest Part 2, where I’ll regale you with tales of what happened after we were released from the taps.

facebook comments:

DwightOctober 3, 2010 - 4:40 am

Picture of you and George is really cute.

[...] Yesterday, I posted the first set of photos from Shirlington’s Oktoberfest.  I came away with 47 total images that I wanted to share so I thought I’d break it up – 47 is a bit much for one post.  As promised, our story picks up with the two beer festival attendees (yes, me and my husband) leaving the taps behind and heading out into the wide world of beer.  But first, babies. [...]

Dona LeOctober 4, 2010 - 2:03 am

Great pics…they really give a good feel for the day from the people to the kids to the dogs. Glad you had fun.

Morning Notes | ARLnow.comOctober 4, 2010 - 12:16 pm

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Brooklyn BoothOctober 8, 2010 - 1:26 am

Great photos! I was at the booth beside you and i’m so glad that i checked out your website (thank your husband for handing out your card). Having seen many of the same folks, i think you captured the characters and moments wonderfully. Really fantastic photos. I’m bookmarking you!

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