Hi Folks -

OK, so the GF and I went to the Big Wheel races in SF today and I again took another swing at timid street photography (or: Taking pictures of complete strangers). I say timid as there's a certain safety in shooting in certain situations, like being amongst several thousand drunk and/or stoned partygoers: If I'm doing something that is deemed declasse, well, then it's just to a matter of degree. In this situation, I'm just another freak in the freak kingdom and no one seemed to care...

Saw this guy on my way back down to the train after the race...

It should be called "Big Wheel" races, as it wasn't required that one drive a Mattel-branded Big Wheel. Case in point, our folks here had a bale of hay tied to a skateboard. There was another group that had an inflatable couch taped to furniture dollies, but I could not get a good shot of them...

Captain America, here...

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Headgear was varied. We were stationed on stairs adjacent to the second turn on the course, here...

One of the racers heading back up the hill...

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First shot of the afternoon. I liked her hat...

So I shot a shit ton of pics, but only a handful came out to my satisfaction (think: Spray and Pray). Part of it was the guy with the camera, part was due to not having set the camera properly (I was on Aperture mode but was stopped down too much, which led to too-slow shutter speeds and pictures of blur).

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A few weeks ago, I had - at the suggestion during a Nikon class and others - switched the AE-F/AE-F button to AF-ON (or, back-button focus). In retrospect, this could have worked had I actually been doing zone focusing and not re-focusing every time I shot. For now, I'm back to shutter-release focusing.

Interestingly, about 2/3 the way through, I got a card error (still had space for several hundred pics). This was cleared by shutting off the camera, removing and re-installing the card.