Memory Monday: Crowd


How well are you with crowds? When it comes to just going to travel destinations, I don’t like crowds. During holidays, I try to usually go hiking or just stay away from popular sites. But when it comes to events, I can deal with crowds.

I like capturing crowds. Seeing my pictures results, it’s nice to examine and identify each facial expressions and what each person is doing.


– Sea World [San Diego, California] –

Some of crowd pics have that one or two distinctive, noticeable person/s that stick out.

Running of the Bull [Jerez, Spain] –
This is where I almost lost my family jewel from getting rammed by the bull!

Perhaps the biggest crowd I’ve ever been with was during the Tug of War in Okinawa, Japan. It has a crazy excessive total of 270,000 participants!

1394781_10151990279933578_1552751741_n277,000! people participated in pulling this giant rope that weighs over 40 tons and extends over 650 feet –

And the crowd goes wild …


– Tug of War [ Naha in Okinawa, Japan] –

Can you deal with the sweat-swapping? ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜›

This crowd is looking up at something.


– It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s, it’s, it’s …. –

– Prague, Czech Republic –

Click here to see what they look up at for – Prague Orloj.

And what about concert crowds. I hate some of them! I don’t like those who are blazing up doobies. ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Can you wrestler with the crowd and all the elbowing going on? ๐Ÿ™‚

I like a quieter, more manageableย crowd, of course.

– Bull fight Arena [Andalusia, Spain] –

Do you follow a crowd clogged up in a street to see what the fuss is all about?

Venice Beach Crowd

– Street Performance [Venice Beach, California] –

I know you do. Don’t even lie. ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ˜€

I don’t blame you. When you want to find something interesting, it’s a good meter, and sign!,ย to follow a crowd. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Birch Aquarium

I like taking pictures of crowd in front of an aquarium. But not whenย a bunch ofย cellphones are glowing bright…

– Churaumi Aquarium [Okinawa, Japan] –

This group of performers is the missing picture on my Reflection II post. Just look how happy each and every one is!

Live While You're Woung

– Koza Atrium [Okinawa, Japan] –
Children dancing to the tune of “Live While You’re Young”. Their energy and smiles were infectious, I carried that spirit throughout my stay in there


Sometimes, you just can’t avoid the crowd. Well … If you can’tย beat them, join them.

I think I surround myself with the right crowd…

Spanish Footsteps

– Spanish Footsteps at night [Rome, Italy] –



Well let’s go Italy….

Find out what makes Timeless Italy ofย Italy: From St. Peter to Caravaggioย a category award candidate of Italy Magazine Blogger Award.


Go ahead and crowd this post with comments. ๐Ÿ˜€

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      • Haha…that’s true…but I really like the aquarium one with all the phones…sometimes it’s not always about how well the photo is taken but how well the message is conveyed…I like that photo very much..:)

  1. I found it’s quite challenge to take photos of crowds. But you’ve captured the fun moments of being in the crowd, especially the energy of the crowds. I’m in awe of the Churaumi Aquarium shot! Great post, Rommel!

  2. I was blocked from leaving a “like.” I get this now on some sites but not others. I don’t know my problem. That tug of war looked fun. The only crowd scene you have that I’ve experienced is the Venice, Beach one. Speaking of aquariums, In New York City, there is always a crowd in front of the penguin aquarium at the Central Park zoo every day at 2:30 p.m. when a zoo ranger gives a talk about them.

    • That’s the thing exactly. When there’s a crowd, there’s something interesting. I can imagine popular places in New York being so crowded, sometimes it’s taking you aback to even go to those places. That’s how I am with LA places at times.

  3. There’s only a few crowds that I can deal with when I was younger and seeking fun, like the “Sinulog ” in Cebu. Now we avoid as much as possible any gatheringโ€ฆ.goes with age.
    Great captures Rommel as always esp the last one and the glaring cellphones.

    • Sinulog is one event I hope and aim to attend to even just once in my lifetime. Definitely a bucket list entry. Thanks for the compliment, Mona.

  4. I don’t like crowds much at all. But sometimes I’ll put up with them if there’s something I really want to do – like go to a big food festival, or ride a roller coaster. Nice collection of photos nonetheless ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Ow the waiting part I don’t like, but eavesdropping to people while waiting at a long line is not a problem for me. Ahihihi ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. I remember attending a USC vs. UCLA football game at the coliseum. At one point, a fight broke out, and the crowd of spectators thronged together like a magnetic field with fists waving everywhere. That did it for me and crowds!

  6. Not much for crowds anymore for sure. Being back east now for ten months reminds how much I don’t enjoy the crowded highways. Sure makes one want to return to Utah:) Interesting topic, Rommel!

    • I try to stay away with traffic as much as I can. When I am about to approach traffic, I usually took a stop and wait. I don’t know how, but miraculously the road suddenly gets better when I return to it.

  7. What clever observations! I really do not like, or trust, crowds. A college professor once outlined in detail the psychology of crowd behavior and then went on to theorize that it was best to stay away. So where do I live? You can’t easily avoid crowds if you want to get out and have fun, but I at least try to minimize my exposure when possible. Each of the events you’ve shared would be reason to be in a well populated area, and somehow taking photos separates you from the chaos–or so it appears. Being an observer is sometimes really nice. I enjoyed the photos, Rommel. And you’ve traveled to some really great places!

    • Ahihihi People seem to give you enough space, that enough bubble when you have a fancy camera on you. But yeah, when the event gets going, that’s when I start thinking about resting my camera from time to time. ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. I am no longer a big fan of crowds either, preferring to take the road less traveled. I do however love how you capture the mood of a crowdโ€ฆwell done! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That another negative thing about being with a crowd. A lot of things going without you realizing it. You need to keep your possession close to you. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Certainly, there’s space issue when it comes to crowd. Thanks for the feedback, RobynG.

    • High Five on the Astronomical Clock. It is indeed a very intricate, interesting clock. You just can’t avoid crowds sometimes.

  9. I couldn’t open the Prague link :S I don’t mind crowds in Rome, but sweat swapping – I did it for years in our trams – I hope not having to do it again. I would have liked to see that rope pulling from some balcony nearby.

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