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San Francisco Cherry Blossom Parade

May 29th, 2006

Remains Instructive
Monday. Three days in a fog. Better a fog than a funk, I suppose. I shot the San Francisco Carnaval parade on Sunday morning with a hangover. I didn't even think about it as I consumed a bottle of sake the night before, which makes me think something inside is trying to tell me to get over the parades, I've done enough parades, and start on something more difficult. No more portraits of attractive women? A need for context, the interplay of emotions between subjects? Actual street photography, in other words, no more parade crutches? Maybe. That and the dizzy head. The dizzy head is a problem; a dizzy head full of sake doesn't make it any better the next morning. I shot the parade, but it was a lackluster performance. Things to ponder, I suppose, as May closes; the weather good, the desire to exit the building, camera in hand, less prevelent. Life remains instructive.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Cherry Blossom parade with a Nikon D2x mounted with a 70-200mm 2.8 Nikkor VR lens at 1/500th, f 2.8, ISO 320.