Headed down to the Gaslamp District last night to check out the opening of our fair city’s Mardi Gras festival. So did a few thousand other people. I shot all night with my 50mm 1.4 without flash, ISO’s varying from 400 t0 3200 (just for fun), apertures from wide-open to about 2.5. Possibly caught a few shots at f/4 in really well-lit areas, but outside of that, it was pretty dark.
I’m a county boy, so I didn’t know till I got down there that you had to pay to get into the party. And being the frugal photographer that I am (or want to be), I didn’t pony up for a ticket. All in all though, it was a fantastic occasion for street photography. And that’s something I’m still working on; the courage to take photos of people I don’t know. It seems creepy taking shots of unsuspecting folks if they’re going to be the focus of the image, and with the 50mm on my camera, it wasn’t like I was across the street popping frames and no one was the wiser. As well, since I was outside the festival, most people were in transit, and making their way quickly, to the entrance. Some guy did petition me to buy some beads. I declined politely, asked him how business was going, and then if I could take a picture of him. He said “no.” What the? Oh well…..0 for 1.
I didn’t even see the girl below until I got home to check out my pics on a computer. But I like her warpaint, and I like that she was checking me out (without even asking my permission, mind you!). And the last pic was just a bonus for me. I was looking to get the DJ and the dancers in the background and some passer-by in the foreground, with some lens flare in there to boot. Whamo! I love that flare.