Last month, I rode my bike up and down Shattuck Avenue during the Sunday Street Berkeley event. The crowd was smaller compared to last years but I had fun nonetheless. I only wish this event happened more often and not just annually. I love seeing the kids outside playing- something of a rarity these days.
The San Francisco Giants won its 3rd World Series this week and yesterday they had their celebration parade along Market Street. The rain drenched event did not dampen the spirit of the fans. They filled both sides of the street like the last two parades and waited for hours to see their players and cheer them on. I only had a short amount of time to photograph during my break so I captured mostly the anticipation, people waiting around and milling about. I thought the in between moments can also be quite interesting.
Two weeks ago, I rode my bike and cruised through the Great Highway during the Sunday Street SF event. I just love the energy when people are out there interacting with each other. It really makes for great pictures! As I mentioned on my earlier post, I've set aside my camera for a few months so I'm a bit rusty. It usually takes me awhile to get into the rhythm of things. But sometimes, the luck factor shows up serendipitously and a scene just appears before my camera. I can't say this is perfect but just enough things going on here that makes this an interesting picture. It is enough to get me fired up again.
I turned my clock one hour ahead last night. That means spring is here! Sunday Street SF had their first event for 2014 at the Embarcadero today. I dusted my bike off and rode the entire route. This is the perfect way to wander around and just observe people. I am glad to be out there again.
Participants milling about before the event.
By 10:30am, more people were on the trail and the crowd started to pick up.
The temperature was in the mid 60's and I was wearing a fleece sweater and quilted jacket. Kudos to these people who braved the weather!
I was curious about the San Francisco Polar Plunge event so I checked it out this weekend. When I arrived at the Aquatic park, I asked the policeman what time the event started. "At noon." He replied. I checked my watch and it was only 9:30 am so I walked around the area to kill time.
My high school friends along with their kids and spouses held a get together picnic at the open lawn behind the oblation at University of the Philippines campus last November. I saw the kids rush to Mamang Sorbetero (Filipino Ice Cream Man) and followed them as they ordered their flavors.
I was walking on Market Street towards Powell station yesterday when I saw this intense afternoon light slightly angled from the left and steam coming from the underground blowing furiously to my right. I just had to stop and photograph.
I had planned to catch up some reading this afternoon but that all changed when I saw a tweet this morning that the Berkeley Sunday Street event was happening today. After lunch, I grabbed my camera and stuffed it in my small back pack. I pumped some air on the tires of my bike, packed it in the trunk together with my helmet and drove to Shattuck Avenue. I arrived at 2:00pm and had two hours to cover the entire route before it ended. There was so much going on that it was hard to dwell on every event along the way. Nonetheless, I had so much fun just taking in the moment and enjoying the lovely weather.
Yesterday, Erika and I were at the Annual Oakland Black Cowboy Parade and Festival. She had mentioned it earlier in the week and I asked if I could come with her. We had so much fun! The parade was very informal that we were able to get close and take photographs as much as we wanted. Everyone was warm and friendly and I felt a real sense of community among them.
This was pretty much the scene out there-people in suits talking on their cell phone.
I heard over the radio that there were some 60,000 attendees for this conference which increased the San Francisco city population by about 7%. In spite of this staggering number, I found myself uninspired to photograph what was going on around me probably because I am not a big fan of corporate america. Nonetheless, I went out there for two days with my camera and tried to get some images that were interesting to me.
Fort Funston is one of the most popular off leash dog parks in the Bay Area. It was my first time there and I couldn't believe the sheer number of dogs and their owners that packed the trail heading towards the beach. (dog traffic, literally!). I had so much fun taking all this experience in and learning about different breeds from my friend Erika who was dog sitting Lucy this past weekend. I did recall a few of them from books I've read when I was a child living in Manila. I was delighted when I was able to identify some of them correctly. I even got to play ball with Lucy at the beach. Although my throwing skills were rudimentary, she chased the ball with such vigor and brought it back sometimes with a bit of prodding. I must say it has been a long time since I had the chance to play with a dog. I really enjoyed it!
The Oracle logo has sprung up at Yerba Buena gardens today and Howard Street between 3rd and 4th is closed down. Oracle Openworld, the largest convention of the year, will be in San Francisco next week. It's going to be very crowded around town.