Introducing your 2017 NBA champions… theGolden State Warriors!
There aren’t many things in this world that will get me up at 4 in the morning, but this is one of them.
The 2017 Golden State Warriors Championship Parade! Man… I’ve been waiting for this redemption since that horrific game 7 blew 3-1 lead finals choke loss.
I went with a few friends and family and took Bart and got there at 5:30. Then, we walked toward 22nd St. and Broadway to look for a spot. Initially, we chose the turn, but I wanted to have Paramount Theatre (an Oakland landmark) in the background so we set up right before 21st St. In the morning when the sun rises, lighting is obviously at a different angle and generally more even with less shadows, but it changes throughout the day and I totally did not consider that… because why? Because 5:30 AM.
So when the parade finally started at 10 AM, lighting was pretty bad on my side. We had to deal with lighting through trees, highlights off of Paramount, and shadows on the subjects of the parade. I had to continuously adjust quickly back and forth between shadows and highlights through the whole parade so it was a challenge to say the least.
But here it is, the championship parade through my eyes from the beginning to the end, and enjoy the Golden Era. Go Dubs!
A couple things I learned for the 2018 championship parade (mark my words 😛 )… Next time I’ll probably use a zoom lens, preferably 24-70 or 70-200, because it’s so much easier when you are only able to stand in one spot, and everything moves so quickly so you don’t have much time to switch lenses. With prime lenses (single focal lengths like the 50mm), you’re required to move towards your perspective and you can’t do that in the parade because you are blocked by people crowded up behind you and the barrier in front of you. The other thing is light. Plan accordingly because light and its angles change throughout the day, DUH. Stupid me.
Earlier this week, I was SUPER fortunate to be able to attend a community event featuring the Warriors organization and Kevin Durant for Oakland Chinatown thanks to an invitation from my friend Theresa (shout out to Theresa)!
Kevin Durant and his charity, KD Charity Foundation, have been building and refurbishing indoor and outdoor courts around the country, and Oakland Chinatown was their latest community to give back to. My friend signed me up as 16 and surprisingly I passed (good thing I shaved that morning) LOL. I got a free shirt. I got to sit with the kids in a special section. I got to shoot and do some drills on the court that the chaperones could not do. It pays to look young I guess. 😀
Perhaps one of the biggest class acts off the court, Kevin Durant gives back to all the communities he has been in. In Oklahoma, and now Oakland, he has always worked closely with the underserved schools and continues his close relationships with them by lending a helping hand during the busy NBA season.
I got to see Wanda earlier this year, and now I got to see her son as well. This year has been pretty cool. 🙂
I’ll be the first to admit, the quality of my shots went down and I was more biased with the shot selection simply because of the subject (a superstar NBA player) that is in it. I’m like, “Oh cool shot, Kevin Durant!” when in reality it was a boring shot because I am distracted and I forget about all the technique and composition. I think that happens with all of us depending on what we’re shooting. I was so starstruck, and at the same time, I was so preoccupied with trying to take in the experience and trying to get the best shot I could possibly get of one of my favorite players all simultaneously, and that is a recipe for spraying and praying. You shoot many more shots than you need to, while the quality of your shots goes down because you don’t really take your time. I only used a 50mm because of convenience and portability, but I wish I had a zoom lens for this occasion.