Friday, March 1, 2013

San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2013 (Part 5)

Every year for Chinese New Year, there is a parade in San Francisco to celebrate it. A lot to see. The parade for 2013 was on 2/23/2013. I attended the parade along with a few other Google+ photographers (we planned it out via a Google+ event). Here, on my blog, I will show you the photos I took of the parade. All of these photos were shot with my new Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Since a lot of people is going to want to see the photos of the parade, I will be posting more photos per part for this chain of blog posts (might take longer to load). This also means I will be taking a short break from my Death Valley National Park posts. I hope you enjoy this chain of posts.

I do have a GPS route file that I can give you if you want it. If you want a copy, just email me via the email I have on my About the Photographer page. I recorded the route using a Canon GE-E2 GPS. I have the route in Canon NMEA, Google Earth KMZ, and GPX formats. There is just a note about the route. It was fairly accurate and all from my trip to the BART station and all the way on BART (for the parts of the trip above ground), but once I got into San Francisco, it started to get inaccurate. In San Francisco, most of the location was with in 300 feet of the actual location but I had 2 photos that were a bit less than 1600 feet off. It did not work so well in a big city, but last time in Shadow Cliff Regional Park in Pleasanton, CA, it was very accurate (with in 5-10 feet).

Full Resolution Photos and Prints: If you want to see full resolution photos or buy prints of any of the photos you see, they are up on my portfolio for viewing. To view my best Chinese New Year parade photos, use this link. To view all of my Chinese New Year parade photos for 2013, use this link.

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Today I have the last of the parade photos including some night street photography. Since there was not enough light out, I set up my Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT to add some light into the photos with the exception of the night street photography at the end. Some hot spots may show up in a few photos.

Valley Christian High School. I thought Christians were against dressing slutty... 







Bank of America 

Academy of Art University 


Photography Tip: Above is an example of using a Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with a different white balance to separate the main subject from the background. Depending on what you are shooting, mix and matching white balances may help spice up your shot and help draw the viewers eyes to the subject! 



Macy's 

Harrah's 




Didn't know how strong the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT is until this shot. The people inside the lion were not visible at all until I flashed.  

Firecrackers 




The end of the parade. 

 Night street photography in front of Levi's. If you look closely, you can see "ghosts" from the long exposure and people walking by. 

Night street photography at the intersection of Grand Avenue and O'Farrell Street. If you look closely, you can see a few "ghosts" of people and cars. This is due to the long exposure. 

These are all the photos I took on the day of the event! I hope you have enjoyed them. After this, I will continue with my Death Valley National Park photos. I hope you have enjoyed this chain of blog posts. Please don't forget to share with your friends and family members! Also, if you want to get notifications when I post up more photos, "Like" us on Facebook or follow me on Twitter and Google+. These links can also be found on the top of the right sidebar.

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