HONK! Parade from the front of a cargo bike

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

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
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    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:

    [​IMG]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...

    [​IMG]DSCF6494 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Matching yellow Holga medium format... I like this lady
    [​IMG]KBRX6802 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX6814 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    I caught him looking right at me
    [​IMG]KBRX6855 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Waiting is hard
    [​IMG]KBRX6929 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    I could've hugged this kid for making such great faces for me
    [​IMG]KBRX6960 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    My friend Brian
    [​IMG]KBRX6995 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    An Olympus shooter, with Nikon glass out front
    [​IMG]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
    [​IMG]KBRX7112 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    More eye contact...
    [​IMG]KBRX7032 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX7047 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX7064 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX7129 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    [​IMG]KBRX7187 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    ...(except I knew this guy, which is cheating for eye contact.)
    [​IMG]KBRX7224 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    At the very end, my daughter got tired of riding, and hopped up onto Brian's bike
    [​IMG]KBRX7181 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Weaving the cargo bike through the crowd after the end (shot with the X100)
    [​IMG]DSCF6510 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Gordo's fans
    [​IMG]DSCF6520 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs SC Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
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    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 SC Hall of Famer

    Jun 20, 2012
    Cambridge, MA
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    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

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

    drd1135 SC Hall of Famer

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

    donlaw SC All-Pro

    Sep 14, 2012
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    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 SC Hall of Famer

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