20th Annual South Valley Día De Los Muertos Marigold Parade
Photographing events like this parade is always something of an emotional rollercoaster for me. When I first come on the scene, everything seems chaotic and unphotographable. I wander around in somewhat of a panic state until I manage to get a picture of the first thing which catches my eye. That seems enough to connect my eyes to my brain, and I am able to start finding subjects and themes to explore. I get a bit manic at that point and tend to make a pest of myself, poking my camera in people's faces.
Back home with whatever pictures I've harvested, I often get obsessed in thinking about all the pictures I missed. Depending on the quality of the results I've gotten, that obsession might last through the night. Usually, by the next day I've found some images I like well enough to show.
As always with the Ansco Panda box camera, I like these pictures. I think it is partly that the Panda always surprises me by making pictures better than I expect. I often miss a few shots due to camera or subject movement, but most of the images have a sweet spot that can be enlarged to surprising size for a picture made by a simple meniscus lens.
My obsessive phase was lengthened a bit when I was processing the pictures. About half-way through the Panda shots, my ten-year-old scanner stopped working. On lifting the lid I could clearly see through the window that the drive band had come off the capstan. Luckily, if improbably, there is a Yahoo group for the Epson 2450 photo scanner, and I was able to figure out from that how to open up the thing for repairs. Took me a couple of tries, but it was also a good excuse to get the underside of the glass clean, and the scanner seems to be working for now. Hard to say how much longer, though.
Well, to top it off, my barber who doubles as my wife informs me that the hair on the back of my head is getting thin. Also, I find myself at times carrying around three pair of glasses. So there you have it.