The Most Lit Parade of ’17

Introducing your 2017 NBA champions… the Golden 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!


22 Jump *Broadway Street
Highly Anticpated


Championship Mood


The Goat Jim Barnett
Splash Bro
Mama Durant


The Greatest GM


From the 2nd to the 5th
Since ’07
Zaza’s shot is looking better here than in games.


For Oakland
We Are Championship
SF in Oakland


Dub Nation Pride
Andre Iguodala and Little Iguodala

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.

Shot with: 50mm 1.8 & 80-200 2.8

The Most Lit Parade of ’17

Before and After: Memorial Day

Happy Post Memorial Day! Hope everyone enjoyed their day off with families and friends and some BBQ. Thank you to all the veterans and to those who gave their lives for our freedom.

Here is one of my favorite mobile shots that I wanted to share a before and after of. I shared this on Instagram yesterday, but I wanted to post a little about it here. I think the statement, “The best camera you have is the one you have on you,” is SUCH a valid statement. Some of my most favorite shots are captured on my phone, and in a way, the phone has its advantages over my $1000 camera or lens, you just have to know its limits (mainly lighting).

The phone allows you to blend in with everyone around you because everyone already has their phone out so it is superb for street photography, and handling it is easy and quick. I use my phone so often I can frame in its focal length without taking it out, and you probably can too! This allows for crazy timing and effortless convenience. Not only that, but the quality of mobile photography is crazy good these days. #Iphoneonly or #Iphoneography, but I’m android… but I mean, it’s like representative of the mobile photography movement.

This is a picture I took in the Boston bus terminal as I was going up the escalator. I saw a veteran wearing a nicely detailed leather jacket with a large Air Force emblem on the back walking in front of me. That was the detail that caught my eye initially, and as we were going up the escalator I saw the US flag on the left and then I saw the somewhat symmetrical/circular ceiling above us, and the light was at a good angle towards the jacket so I immediately took out my phone, double clicked the home button on my S7 for the camera and framed it as best as I could on the phone and got two shots.


The above shot is straight out of the camera, hopefully you could already tell lol.

Processed with VSCO with 4 preset

With the editing, I used VSCO on my phone, which is my go-to. All I wanted to do was bring out the contrast of the jacket and shadows, and bring down the highlights minimally on the flag because I didn’t want to stretch the editing too much with mobile shots. There is no RAW on the phone, unless you download apps to use for your phone. I cropped it to 4:5, which is the ideal size for Instagram. I added a few VSCO filters on it and this was the one I ended up choosing.

BASICALY, I really really liked the vet’s jacket and the flag in the background.

Shot with: Galaxy S7

Before and After: Memorial Day