Spring has officially sprung, and if you’re wondering why everything on your Sunday morning TV slate seems to be running off-schedule, it’s because you forgot that Daylight Savings Time starts today. 🙂
One favorite thing to do on a nice Saturday is to head on over to the The Old Place Seafood Teahouse, over on Grand, for a dim sum breakfast, before taking a walk over to the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market in Splash Pad Park near Lake Merritt.
The Grand Lake Farmer’s Market is an institution in the Adam’s Point/Cleveland Heights section of Oakland. Every Saturday the place is crammed with everyone from Farmers to folks hawking trinkets and jewelry, to various ethnic food vendors. There’s usually some kind of musical entertainment, and on a good day you’ll find hordes of people spilling in from the adjacent Grand Lake shopping district, just to get something to eat and chill out for a while.
This Saturday we had a day of tee-shirt weather and lots of sun, so the crowd was pretty large, with people camping out on the grassy knoll to listen to this week’s musical guests, the Sadza Marimba Band from Santa Cruz.
The Market itself has is an okay place to buy stuff, but it’s the people there that are always the main attraction. Oakland is a pretty diverse neighborhood, and that diversity represents itself well here, often providing some pretty interesting contrasts in the social fabric making up the crowd.
I grabbed the D90 before heading out, throwing on a 50mm/f1.8 prime that I was going to try and make my main lens for the day, with a 24-120mm/f 3.5-5.6D Nikkor as a backup.
Well that was the plan.
As usual in fast-shooting outdoor situations, I wound up shooting about a half-dozen shots with the 50 before pulling out the 24-120mm. I call this lens my “street sweeper’, and it’s my go-to lens for photojournalism-type situations. It’s slow, has more than a little bit of barrel distortion depending, on the focal length that you’re at, but provides a lot of flexibility for nailing just about anything you need to shoot on the fly.