Goodfellas Enjoying the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco

Goodfellas - San Francisco - 2013

For the first time, I attended the San Francisco Saint Patrick’s Day Parade a few weeks ago. The event is a great time – lots of wonderful street photography opportunities!

This image is of the firefighters’ section of the parade – one of the largest units. I enjoyed seeing these guys have a great time driving their old time fire engine, smoking a couple of cigars and enjoying the crowd!

The image was shot with a Nikon D600 and post-processed in Lightroom and Photoshop using Nik’s Silver Efex Pro 2 plus some other tricks.

There’s Nothing Like a Parade on the 4th of July!

Ukelele Player - Los Trancos Woods Marching Band - Redwood City Parade

On the 4th of July, there’s really nothing quite like a parade to lift one’s spirits. This morning, I took in two of them – the big annual Redwood City Parade – with lots of units and a huge crowd – and the smaller, home town version of a parade in Menlo Park – with lots of kids on bikes/tricks with silly/patriotic parents to guide them along. Both were a lot of fun.

I took my Canon 5D Mark II to both with the 70-200mm lens and mostly shot wide open in Aperture Priority at f/2.8, resulting in the blurred backgrounds that help make these portrait shots look so good. The photo above is the ukelele player for the Los Trancos Woods Community Marching Band – marching as they always do in the Redwood City parade. The photo below is a lucky curbside shot of a young boy as the Menlo Park Parade was about to begin.

Boy with Flag - 4th of July - Menlo Park

Today’s also an important anniversary of sorts in my family – my Mom and Dad first met 68 years ago today!

Hope you had a wonderful 4th of July. Another day to remember that freedom is not free!