Here is Photo Gallery #9 from my ongoing series of photos from the 2012 Carnaval Parade in San Francisco's Mission District, including pictures taken during the preparation and makeup stage before the parade. Additional photo galleries from San Francisco Carnaval can be viewed in the archives.
Aztec dancers, samba dancers, stilt-walkers, costumed dancers representing Bolivia and other places in Latin America and the world, and other performers were on display at the annual San Francisco Carnaval Parade last month in the Mission. Photos are below (one among a series of galleries being posted here):
Today I had to make a run down to OfficeMax to pick up a printer. Trying to minimize the mundaness of this task, I decided to make a stop over at Haight Ashbury. I'd passed the neighborhood by car before but hadn't yet had an opportunity to walk around. Accompanying me was my 5D and Voigtlander Ultron 40mm f/2.0 manual focus lens. The Voigtlander pancake is one of the best street photography lenses ever. 40mm is a near perfect focal length for this task- wide enough to capture some streetscapes or buildings, but with enough reach to keep faces visible. It's a really small lens but has a nice heft to it. When you hold it, you feel like you're holding something solid. The manual focus ring has a nice steady twist to it, not the slippery slide of modern autofocus lenses like the Canon 50mm f/1.4.