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Oktoberfest in Shirlington, Virginia (Part Two)

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.

I love these images for two totally different reasons.  On the left, the mom looks so peaceful and loving but there’s a creepy doll to reflect back on the live child she’s holding.  I think it’s kinda eerie.  On the right – seriously, this guy is doing it right.  I’m glad people don’t put all their plans on shut-down to have some kids.  Why not bring your baby to the beer festival?

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

All my kids images ended up being vertical so I apologize for the strong repetition of diptychs here.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

There was an “authentic” German band, complete with dancing troupe.  Do you still call it a troupe if they’re doing this kind of dancing?

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

There were some interesting people walking around our little “urban village.”  Check the dude on the left.  Secret undercover agent. Guy on the right’s on top of it.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

And now for some random “street” shots.  Street is easy peasy at festivals.  It’s packed and if there are people dressed up, everyone’s already expecting to have a camera in their face.  Plus, it’s so simple to pretend you’re shooting something else.  I love photographing festivals.

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

Now these two images were taken literally within 10 seconds of each other.  The lady on the right cracks me up!  How can anyone look this miserable at a street festival?

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Of course there were dogs.  This is Northern Virginia after all, and we love our dogs.  It’s impossible to hold an outdoor event, even one where the primary activity is eating and/or drinking, without having every dog in the neighborhood show up.  I rather enjoy it.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Okay so I want you to take a little bit longer with the images below than you might ordinarily.  I spent some time figuring out the best orientation for the one on the right.  It’s a lady stepping over a puddle.  You can see her in the reflection, as well as the people that were standing behind her.  I think it’s pretty neat.  I also really like the lady smoking a cigar on the left.

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

But after many beers and lots of heavy, bad-for-you food, it was late and it was time to go home.  Until next year!

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

Oktoberfest in Shirlington - Arlington, Virginia event photographer

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Morning Notes | ARLnow.comOctober 4, 2010 - 12:19 pm

[…] Shirlington Oktoberfest Attracts a Crowd — Lines that nearly stretched around the block didn’t deter thousands from enjoying a day of beer samples, German food and oompah music. See more photos here and here. […]

TimothyOctober 6, 2010 - 8:41 pm

Nice shots. Anybody have trouble with people taking pictures of their legs? I know you were probably taking pictures of the boots and all, but did anyone say anything? I was just curious. A little bit of everything.

AmberOctober 6, 2010 - 10:19 pm

Nah, I don’t think anyone noticed. I try to be subtle. Not in a creepy way, because that sounded creepy.

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