San Francisco PRIDE Weekend

San Francisco PRIDE Weekend

I was in town during San Francisco PRIDE weekend.  I was hoping that there would be some good opportunities for street photography.  Little did I know that it was San Francisco PRIDE Weekend weekend and the parade started directly in front of my hotel.   San Francisco throws one of the more colorful and prominent Gay Pride festivals in the world.   San Francisco has a rich and lengthy history of gay rights, and the city’s Pride events are well-attended, well-organized, and surprisingly a lot of fun.  This was a target rich street photography opportunity.

I was trying to find the best place to take images… I couldn’t image having to shoot the parade from the same spot crushed in with 100 other photographers.

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I was able to score a Media Pass for San Francisco PRIDE Weekend and had freedom to walk the parade route and have pretty much unlimited access.

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The beginning of the parade and one of its highlights is Dykes on Bikes…

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This group was funny and made me laugh…

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Some actions shots of me from my friend Kevin…

Dave Powell of ShootTokyo in action

Dave Powell of ShootTokyo in action

I sent these guys a copy of their picture and they were very happy…

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Make sure to read her sign…

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It was interesting to see so many companies out supporting their employees…

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Surprise!

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It was great practice was I was shooting this 100 percent manually as with so many changing lighting conditions Aperture Priority missed the mark most often.  In many cases I would try to focus as close as I could but then just want for the subject to walk into focus to push the shutter.

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Thanks for stopping by today!

 

15 Comments

  1. Nice shots dave. How did you swing the media pass?

  2. Nice colors.

  3. Great pictures as always Dave, a fantastic array of colours.

  4. Dave, can you just refresh my memory as to which camera you were using. The photos are so vivid and very sharp – I love them.

  5. I’ve been waiting for these to come up!! It’s so awesomely cool that you were able to participate!

  6. I shot these with a Leica M9P

  7. Let’s see, Leica M9P, Noctilux lens = $19.K. Media pass = priceless. Having to shoot manual because your camera couldn’t nail the correct exposure is ridiculous. Pre-focusing and waiting for the subject to walk into focus is bazar. If that is the Leica street shooters way, I’m not ready for a Leica.

  8. There are some people in this world whose ideal camera can do everything automatically. Me? I prefer to control my own pictures so I can look at it and say, ‘I did that’. That’s why I shoot with Leica.

  9. Hugh – Exactly… I was shooting 100% manually. It was pretty tiring but rewarding when I looked at the photos.

  10. Great photographs. Sometimes color really is the best choice for serious photography.

  11. Hugh – I covered the War in Vietnam shooting Leica. Our only option was manual. After that I moved up to Hasselblad also manual, and made a decent living in photography. Two years ago I moved into the 21st century and went digital. I would have given anything to have had this technology back in the day. To capture the moment you only have to get three things right, shutter, aperture and focus. I embrace technology that can handle some of those tasks for me and I can focus on composition and technique. I find it hard to understand with the prices of Leica equipment, why Leica shooters accept mediocre exposure, poor focus and costly repairs. Dave knows I have been considering getting a Leica, just having a hard time justifying the expense to step backwards.

  12. great pics dave. mind emailing me the ones u took of me?

  13. This series absolutely kicks it. Wow.

  14. Thanks Celesta…

  15. Sailor Girl – Sure, I’ll send you shortly. They came out good.

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