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San Francisco Carnaval parade

November 21st, 2005

Start In December
Monday. I woke up this morning feeling just fine, thank you, unlike Sunday morning, explainable, what with all the sake the night before, but better than Friday morning, the day I took off work, and better than Saturday morning, the day after a day off when you'd expect things would be close of wonderful. A friend told a story of a friend who always managed to get a migraine headache on the first day of a three day weekend. What is that about? What's to avoid about a three day weekend? Why do I generally feel pretty good on a Monday morning and not on, say, a Sunday morning after a day of loafing and a long night's sleep? Neurotic behavior, now that I've entered my dotage?

Then again, things roll along with the booking of the studio session. Weekend after next. Excitement. Yes, I've shot a fair number of photographs in a studio setting, but never with a professional model. What's that going to be like? Richard Avedon compared his experience shooting photographs in a studio setting and shooting photographs on the street. He liked to control his subjects and he was notorious in getting what he wanted in any way he could. All's fair in love and photography. But he didn't much like street shooting, it wasn't something he preferred.

It's taken me years to feel comfortable with street photography in the sense I feel I know what I'm looking for and have a pretty clear idea of how to find it. You learn through practice. What about the studio? You learn through practice there, I would imagine, and practice takes time. So we'll start in December. Here in Oakland.

The photograph was taken at the San Francisco Carnaval Parade with a Nikon D2x mounted with a 17-55mm f 2.8 Nikkor lens at 1/100th second at f 5.6 at ISO 100.