I attended the Dia De Los Muertos celebration in Redwood City simply because I was on the peninsula anyway, and having never photographed the event, decided to drop by. I arrived late for the event (scheduled time 4:00 pm, arrival time 4:20 pm) thinking this would be a walk-around hunt for photos. It turns out it was a stage show, and as a late comer, had to take a third-row orchestra position, meaning I would have many heads to shoot over. In addition, it was getting close to sunset and the stage was a mixture of direct, low angled afternoon sun and open shade. I followed my own advice of keeping my subjects "all in" the shade, or "all out", meaning afternoon sunlight.
I continued to make satisfactory, but unsatisfying, photos of the performers. I left after an hour of shooting, concluding that a number of these photos would do, but none jumped out at me.
Just as I was leaving, I decided to try to make one last photo, much as a fisherman decides to cast out his bait one last time before quitting. With the lit trees and the fading skyline as a background, I photographed these two sisters using a flash bounced from the walls of a convenient food kiosk. This was a photo I could live with, and shortly afterward, went home.
|1/8 second, F 5.6, ISO 1600|