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San Francisco Carnaval Parade

January 5, 2007

A Problem
Friday. A long, not very productive week on my part. The aching teeth, sinuses and head have been doing their usual thing, but I've noticed a better attitude developing somewhere down there; not so much a reduction in the symptoms as, I don't know, a clearer head, a less dizzy head, fewer morning after sake hangovers. Maybe I'm just tired of this crap and figure I'd better get on with it.

This has led to an effort during my lunch hour to take one or two photographs and today ordered what I hope is a proper over the shoulder camera bag from B & H Photo to replace the jammed zipper bag I've been using for as long as I can remember. Believe me, I have camera bags. I have camera backpacks. I suspect every photographer has a dozen or more hidden in the closet, none of them having performed as we thought they might. This is a basic straightforward over the shoulder model that's not too big, not too small and won't (I hope) break my back. Is this progress? No? Well, believe me, I'm looking for scraps anymore. Straws. I'll take a shadow now and hope for light at the end of the tunnel later.

A camera bag?

Well, I have this thought - maybe you'd describe it more as a proto-thought, something still forming down where thoughts hang out - I'd like to have a camera kit packed and ready to go. Just, you know, grab it without thinking and out the door. No, not for the earthquake or whatever you keep a camera kit cocked and ready to cover, but maybe this being a first step toward making it easier to go outside at the drop of a hat and shoot pictures. I carry a camera all the time already, a single camera and lens, but I'm thinking having a strobe light or two, an extra lens, an extra camera body might up my production.

So you've gone to click and spend to solve what you consider your problem?

I go to click and spend whenever I'm out of sake. Sake is still first in line when I want to solve “what I consider” a problem.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Carnaval parade with a Nikon D2X mounted with a 70-200mm f 2.8 VR Nikkor lens at 1/1000th, f 2.8, ISO 100.