Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

So, this past Sunday I decided to go to Discovery Green Park and see whether there were any preparations for the NCAA final four around downtown, look at some art bikes, and otherwise enjoy the first day of spring. It just so happened that there was a huge Iranian and American celebration of the Persian new year going on in the same part. This is really one of those things that I should have already known, but I didn’t. For shame.

The first picture is a traditional Persian new year table which has seven things that start with the Farsi letter S. You can Google that and get more information on if you want.
Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

There was also a Persian concert of sorts going on. Very upbeat and everybody loved them.
Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

No Persian gathering is complete without barbecuing some kebabs.
Kabobs! at Discovery Green

This shot was rather difficult because as you can see the sun was directly behind the girls and all I had was my SB600 speed light. The flash sync speed on my camera is only 1/200th of a second which means that in order to balance out the light, I am limited to a relatively slow shutter speed which means that my aperture will be very narrow and I would need a very high-powered strobe to be able to overpower that sun. I could use the high-speed sync mode but that would require many more flashes as it robs the flash of its power while in that mode. So, I just did the best I could and the colors still show very nicely.
Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

The rest of the shots are pretty self-explanatory. Just people having a good time and live music outdoors.
Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

Black Cats at Discovery Green

Black Cats at Discovery Green

Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

Black Cats at Discovery Green

Norooz Celebrations at Discovery Green

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