Big Band Bubble Brigade

Summer never really ends in San Diego but ebbs and flows throughout the year. Yet the last Friday night live music event in Old Trolley Barn Park feels like end of the season, even as the dog days of August are yet to come.

I walked over this evening, beckoned several blocks away by the boisterous big band sound of Sue Palmer & Her Motel Swing Orchestra. She drew quite the crowd, and sizable group—mostly older folks—danced before the stage. If mosh pits were for kids and grandmas, well I observed one tonight.

You be the judge by the Featured Image, which comes from Leica Q2, and the first companion capture. Vitals, aperture and shutter speed manually set: f/2.8, ISO 800, 1/250 sec, 28mm; 7:49 p.m. PDT, which was right at sunset.

I used  Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra for the others, because of the 10x zoom. This isn’t award-winning photography; I let the smartphone camera choose settings, and the shutter speed is too slow to stop motion. Additionally, the shots are noisy. Vitals: f/4.9, ISO 320, 1/30 sec, 230mm (film equivalent); 7: 44 p.m.

Vitals for photo three: f/4.9, ISO 250, 1/60 sec, 230mm (film equivalent); 7:52 p.m. The last: f/4.9, ISO 640, 1/30 sec, 230mm (film equivalent); 7:51 p.m. The bubble machine was hugely popular, especially with the kids.