Sunday, May 3rd, the Cinco de Mayo Parade was held in San Francisco.
These photographs were taken at the start of the parade at 24th and Bryant
streets using a 200mm lens and these are five photos out of some 200 taken.
The Sole Proprietor had taken photos at the Cherry Blossom Festival
Parade in San Francisco the weekend before. The Cherry Blossom
Parade started where the Cinco de Mayo Parade ended, at the San Francisco
Civic Center and the Sole Proprietor used a 35-70mm zoom lens with a strobe
to cover it.
They didn't turn out so hot, so the Sole Proprietor thought
he'd follow an old photographers adage: When the people shots don't work,
move in closer. Hence a move to 200mm from 70mm. Should have used the strobe
for fill flash on these, though.
It has been a long time since the Sole Proprietor has been to the Mission
24th street area. He once lived on Potrero Hill just over the way and knew
16th street through 24th street pretty well.
It has changed much for the better. He doesn't remember the trees,
there were no murals on the walls of buildings and the street seemed
somewhat cold and gray, not the vibrant alive area it is today. Some
things change for the better. Might be a nice place for the Sole
Proprietor to live. If he can afford it.