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.

Everyone Loves a Parade – More from St. Patrick’s Day in San Francisco

Everyone Loves a Parade - San Francisco - 2013 by Scott Loftesness

Another monochrome image treatment from last Saturday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco. This image was shot with my Nikon D600 at the corner of Second St. and Market – where the head of the parade assembles. Lots of San Francisco Police were preparing for the parade’s start – and catching up among themselves!

I used Photoshop to convert this image to black and white – and used some highlight and toning layers to add a bit of depth.

Classic 1947 Chevrolet in San Francisco’s Saint Patrick’s Day Parade

Chevrolet - San Francisco - 2013 by Scott Loftesness

I felt a bit like I was back in Havana watching some of the classic cars that turned out yesterday to carry dignitaries in the annual Saint Patrick’s Day parade in San Francisco. This 1947 Chevrolet was one of the beauties!

I had fun processing this image in Photoshop – tweaking the background a bit to bring the car out more and adjusting the luminosity a bit. I love the angle of the car – the beauty of the chrome on the front grill – and that tail flying off of the radio antenna!

Seeing Green – at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in San Francisco

Shades of Green - San Francisco - 2013

I had a good time yesterday shooting the Saint Patrick’s Day parade in San Francisco. This is a big parade – and folks have a great time watching and participating!

I parked at the Fifth and Mission Garage and then walked over to Market by way of Yerba Buena Gardens (my first stop – see yesterday’s image). Eventually, I got to Second and Market where the parade begins to stage – and where the light coming down Second St. was just great. (Much of the parade route is actually in the shade heading up Market St. because of the buildings blocking the sun on the south side of Market).

While watching and waiting, I noticed this fellow heading toward me and snapped a couple of quick shots of him – this one being the best. He looked great with his hair, shades and all!

I posted a few more of my St. Patrick’s Day photos over on InMenlo.com. Hope you enjoy them!