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Folsom Street Fair - NSFW

Jeff Spirer , Sep 27, 2011; 12:15 a.m.

Who else went? As usual, a great event, but for the first time in years, with great weather. Usually there is harsh sun that means shooting on one side of the street, the other side is too hot and harsh, but this year it was overcast and a lot less steamy.

My gallery here is a bit unedited, I expect to cut it down to well under half, and it includes a number of photos from the music stage of bands I know and work with. It would be great to see what other people have.

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Brad - , Sep 27, 2011; 12:18 a.m.

Here's my stuff... All shot with a cellphone cam...

Marc Todd , Sep 27, 2011; 02:05 a.m.

I was going to go but in the space of a week the weather forecast went from "partly cloudy" to "cloudy with 40% chance of rain". At least that's what two out of three forecasts predicted on Sat. night. So I decided not to chance it. Instead, me and my father went to see the Bill Owens exhibit (which is worth seeing) at San Jose Museum of Art. It rained in San Jose a bit so I felt a little better about not going to Folsom. I'll be at next years Folsom Street Fair...weather permitting of course.

Barry Fisher , Sep 27, 2011; 02:22 a.m.

Both great. cellphone Holga, schweet. Jeff, did you shoot using a lot of fill flash? I think the set is just amazing. Showing the creativity and color of the people and the event and the pics are great in so many levels. My take of the fair when I went was that people revel in showing themselves it is an exhibition fair, and I especially like it when both you guys present people as they themselves would like to be portrayed. The photos both in b/w and color. Plus, I was really enjoying the processing of both, and especially enjoying the skin tones Jeff was getting. You must teach some tricks some time:) The only thing I found disturbing was Jeff's photo of that dude with the cap and a beard molesting a poster? Now that is bloody disturbing.
Too bad I missed it again this year, had to work down here in So Cal half the weekend and am kicking myself. Hopefully next year. Did you guys go early?
Here's one from a couple of years ago..

Dick Arnold , Sep 27, 2011; 09:51 a.m.

Jeff. I grew up on the SF penninsula. I now live in New England. I miss SF and its unrestrained psyche. The quality of your pictures is always the best. I thoroughly enjoyed the pictures.

Insoo Bay , Sep 27, 2011; 10:12 a.m.

Brad, Excellent stuff as usual.
I do not think you forgot to bring the camera to the event. Any particular reasons to use cell phone camera? Regardless they are great.

Sanford Edelstein , Sep 27, 2011; 10:57 a.m.

Brad, I like the look of those photos, in fact I just reset my Lumix to square format, dynamic B&W, spot meter, and exposure to -1 to see if I can duplicate it today. What I won't be able to find around here is similar subject matter. Maybe in Santa Cruz?

Brad - , Sep 27, 2011; 12:06 p.m.

>>> I do not think you forgot to bring the camera to the event. Any particular reasons to use cell phone camera?

No, I had my dSLR in my bag. My interest in shooting SF events has diminished a lot over the last couple of years - I've been passing on most lately. But knowing there was a good chance of rain, and it would be an overcast day, brought me out knowing the light would be decent - unlike every other year for that event.

That, and wanting to come back with something different, led me to shooting with just my phone. The nature of the event seemed well-matched to the processing.

Going out with a full-charge, my battery was sucked down after 200 or so shots. I just purchased an external battery for my phone to guard against that in the future.

Thanks Barry, Insoo, and Sanford...

Sanford Edelstein , Sep 27, 2011; 05:28 p.m.

Shooting in a square format does not come naturally. My first attempts look like rectangles with the sides cut off.

John Elder , Sep 27, 2011; 05:29 p.m.

Brad, nice shots! Correct me if I am wrong, but I sence from viewing your images and others by you that you are doing more candid work as compared to your former on location street portraits. I also think that getting a good candid shot is more difficult that the controlled on location portrait. Anyway I like what I see. Forgive me for saying this if I offend anyone, but at this type of event, shooting on location portraits is like falling off a log, it is just to easy. Shooting the candid HCB type shot is by far the greater challange. Again , nice shots


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