I was expecting lots of photos of costumed fixie riders and nude cyclists. I mean, that’s pretty much exactly what you are surrounded by when riding in Critical Mass a couple days before Halloween, but only shooting with an iPhone has it’s limitations. I can capture moving shots on my bike in good light, or decent night shots if I’m perfectly still, but riding + low light equals crummy iPhone shots.
So I decided to hop off my bike at an intersection and capture some of the mayhem as it rolled through. It’s nice to have someone blocking the intersection to prevent cars from trying to speed through and possibly hurt some folks on the ride. I know it sucks being stuck in a car for 5 minutes, but I guess most residents just mark up random parades and traffic jams as part of the cost of living in San Francisco.
That doesn’t mean people don’t lose their cool. As I was shooting pics of riders, car horns were angrily blasting behind me. Drivers were yelling at cyclists, cyclists were yelling back at the drivers, and amidst all of this chaos I saw this adorable couple on a Vespa. It was as if they were unaware of the all the hostility around them. Actually, it was as if they could care less about where they were, as long as they were there together.
This was one of the only good shots I got during the whole ride. It’s actually one of my favorites of the year. My only complaint is that I wish I could have found a way to show the crazy juxtaposition of angry commuters and cyclists surrounding this oblivious couple. Despite the limitations of the iPhone camera, I was able to work with the environmental light to get a decent picture which still warms my heart everytime I see it.