Set up in the dark. Pull out the boxes and tables, maybe try to get some of the early dealer business.
I used the boundary chain link fence to hang paintings and drawings on, we pitched up our tent and got down to business.
Try to humble myself, make transactions. Move stuff.
I only do the swap meet a couple times a year but people seem to remember me and it is a totally different type of customer than those who come to the indoor shows. A young and edgy crowd, slightly off kilter, easy to like.
Warmboe was in the next space, he says I have a totally different attitude out on the asphalt and he is right, I revert to the carnival barker, nothing to lose, loose patois that I just can't summon up in a stuffy old building. Actually have a good time.
I brought a camera along but hardly took any shots. It's a great place to catch characters and faces. I was just too busy to focus on photography.
I was using a difficult lens, my nikkor 55mm ƒ1.2 and got very few keepers. This is the film lens that I had converted to work with my D850 digital.
It is a manual focus lens and shooting wide open is difficult if you are not nailing the proper focal plane. Missed exposure and focus, shots were soft. I should have narrowed it down. Should have taken more time and care. But I didn't.
Oh well, failure is my middle name. Next time I bring the nikkor 85mm 1.8. Far more forgiving.
I was in my cultural anthropologist mode driving in to work today and I was thinking about humans. So many cultures believe in religion or a higher power of some kind.
Not be able to put their shoes on in the morning. Things have to get better, right? So invent what you have to invent, believe what you need to believe, whatever gets you through the day and long night.
Out of the frying pan and into the fire, Del Mar setup starts the day after tomorrow.