Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Chicago Pride Parade photos (aka: proof of concept: yes, I can actually photograph people.)
My three favorite photos from the Chicago Pride Parade:
Top photo: a shot of the crowd through the parade. I took a sequence of these photos, perhaps a dozen, just trying to capture the enthusiasm of the crowd as the floats passed by. I turned off the autofocus so the focal point would stay in the background.
Middle photo: my friend Chaz, enjoying the parade.
Bottom photo: Tom Skilling on the WGN float, having more fun than just about anyone I saw that day. Kudos to you, Tom.
You can see the entire set on flickr. I'm really happy and pleasantly surprised with how many decent photos I took. I purposely tried to avoid the usual pride pictures-- the barely dressed men and women that are so prominent on the floats-- not because those aren't fun and entertaining, but I wanted to capture a different feel for the event. If I go again next year, I'd like to focus even more on the crowd, perhaps a candid or portrait series of some sort. I've never considered that type of photography my strong suit, but who knows, maybe I just need to do it more often?