HONK! Parade from the front of a cargo bike

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by KillRamsey, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Every October, there's a wonderful, bizarre festival in Cambridge called "HONK!" which seems to center on lo-fi marching bands and ... being as bizarre as you can. It's a roll call of all the delightful weirdos that Cambridge and Somerville have to offer, and brother, we have a lot of them. On Sunday each time there is a parade from Davis Square to Harvard Square, which I'm guessing is about 2, maybe 2.5 miles long. There's a "cargo / family bike" contingent, and a lot of our friends participate, so this year we did too. We took the big "bakfiets" ("box bike" in dutch), which my wife pedaled, with me in the front shooting the XT and the X100, and our fat old pug in a basket on the back rack. Our daughter biked her five-year-old self, thank you very much. So I got to just lean back into a pillow in the front of a bike that was a center of attention, and take a gazillion shots as people looked at us and smiled.

    My view:

    15343541488_82be4c11c1_c.jpg KBRX7076 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Two thoughts:

    1. I've never been able to get so much eye contact in shots. It was odd, fun, and a little disconcerting, but ultimately really nice. It made for better images. And seeing all these shots with people looking directly AT me made me realize how seldom I otherwise have that happen.

    2. For once I began to prefer the output of the XT over the X100. I've always said the opposite, but this time, I just preferred the XT's files in almost every case. I had both on my lap, in an attempt to change lenses as little as possible. I had the 14 and the 35 lenses, and I wound up using both pretty evenly. if I had the 14 on, and needed to be a bit longer, I could just grab the X100. Ditto if I had the 35 on and wanted width. But going back and forth made the slower response time of the X100 a little more apparent.

    So here are a few of the more interesting shots, I think...

    15343559737_4d4bdfc192_c.jpg DSCF6494 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Matching yellow Holga medium format... I like this lady
    15343428839_740e8d8e30_c.jpg KBRX6802 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15343579048_3d36d26ee6_c.jpg KBRX6814 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    I caught him looking right at me
    15343561538_28f90c7fba_c.jpg KBRX6855 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Waiting is hard
    15343699647_b57d238b5c_c.jpg KBRX6929 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    I could've hugged this kid for making such great faces for me
    15530053612_c82e3e38a0_c.jpg KBRX6960 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    My friend Brian
    15343695467_7bce85a23d_c.jpg KBRX6995 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    An Olympus shooter, with Nikon glass out front
    15343696670_9c04f141ed_c.jpg KBRX7006 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    I heard the laughter behind me, leaned out and around (carefully, don't wanna tip the bike over) and GOT her
    15527009371_aae9683cc8_c.jpg KBRX7112 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    More eye contact...
    15343688210_b24c5e31df_c.jpg KBRX7032 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15343500609_548450caab_c.jpg KBRX7047 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15343542468_e6d40b33b6_c.jpg KBRX7064 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15527040091_a632469e97_c.jpg KBRX7129 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    15343534188_0c31104a88_c.jpg KBRX7187 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    ...(except I knew this guy, which is cheating for eye contact.)
    15343488859_6b5fa06ddb_c.jpg KBRX7224 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    At the very end, my daughter got tired of riding, and hopped up onto Brian's bike
    15527004211_b504ec514e_c.jpg KBRX7181 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Weaving the cargo bike through the crowd after the end (shot with the X100)
    14909179943_50f90a5b51_c.jpg DSCF6510 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Gordo's fans
    15343385169_e2662347e5_c.jpg DSCF6520 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    Looks like a blast!
  3. An odd sounding parade, but it looks like you had fun.
  4. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Cambridge and Somerville are very liberal and artsy, but parts of Boston and the surrounding area aren't. New England culture is still remarkably Puritan in a lot of ways, with that flinty New Englander attitude lurking just around every corner. These things conspire to make it necessary to fly the freak flag high. It's a huge, inclusive party.
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  5. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Very entertaining.
  6. drd1135

    drd1135 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Lexington, Virginia
    As a former New Englander, let me say "amen".
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  7. donlaw

    donlaw All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Super fun! I really these. If I had to choose a fav, it would be the lady with the sax and yellow holga!
  8. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
    Brian: "I think she's chimping."
    Me: "...on FILM?"
    Brian: "Probably checking the frame counter, but yeah." -smile-
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