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San Francisco 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade.

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May 4, 2008

Camera Weather
Sunday. Took a nap yesterday afternoon crapping out on the Kentucky Derby party, walked down to my breakfast café after and had lunch around two, walked back, sat down at the computer and buzzed away the rest of the day watching my Japanese soaps in the evening. No complaints.

It's morning now, back from breakfast, planning on attending the How Weird Street Faire in San Francisco this afternoon. I'm embarrassed to say I learned about it this morning listening to the radio in bed so I'll check the upcoming event web sites later for anything else I may have missed. Last year's event, the first one I attended, produced some decent pictures.

Later. Tired, my friends, tired. Three hours of walking about with two cameras shooting pictures at the Faire this afternoon, returning to the apartment to take a nap. Feel better now. No tired muscles, back muscles or other muscles, but obviously I've had a work out. Still, a three hour walk back and forth through crowds packing the cameras is more than my normal half hour to an hour daily jaunt. Almost daily jaunt. So I guess we'll just blow it off and worry if any of it is still around tomorrow.

The Faire itself was held in a more convenient area (from my standpoint), the entrance now at Howard Street and New Montgomery maybe two blocks from the Montgomery Street BART station, an area I'm familiar with from many another trip to the city. Gasser's, the camera store, fronts on the area and Katie O'Brien's provided a needed break for a Guinness and a glass of water. The sun was even reasonably compliant until the clouds burned off in the early afternoon making the light harsher. You can manage the contrast to some degree by manipulating the RAW images in PhotoShop, but softer lower contrast light is almost always better. We don't shoot ISO 25 Kodachrome anymore, we don't have to worry about finding enough light except maybe to focus. No more “the sun is out it's a good day for photography”. Any old day, the dimmer the better, is good camera weather.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco 2008 Cherry Blossom Festival Parade with a Nikon D3 mounted with a 70 - 200mm f 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/1600th second, f 2.8, ISO 200.