Observing people and capturing photographs that tell a story provided the inspiration for my shoot in Old Sacramento. When I moved to Sacramento in 1980 this area was being revitalized as a tourist destination. Each year my 4th grade class field trip to the California Railroad Museum and California History Museum enhanced the California History curriculum. I travel back in time with my grandchildren’s class and I share history with friends and family. There is a good mix of historical and modern fun. A one room school house, Wells Fargo Bank, and a statue of a Pony Express rider Candy Haven, a place to get a free samples and grab some fun photos. Kite City moved to a larger space and now sells interesting toys as well, and I usually get parking validation after buying kitchen gadgets at a William Sonoma boutique. A store with only socks, a place with magic tricks, tee shirts, souvenirs, antiques, can keep me entertained. Horse drawn carriages and wooden sidewalks add to the ambiance. This is all set next to the Sacramento River where the Tower Bridge rises to let river traffic through. Another bridge pivots when traffic want to pass.
Street entertainers, families out for a stroll with their dogs, train conductors, and people dressed in period clothing makes this a perfect place to people watch. Today this is my photographic interest. On this sunny, but cool Sunday I walked around trying out my new Nikon 18-200mm lens. I had the most fun speaking to entertainers, and people with their dogs. I spoted some people lost in activity, and I tried to imagine their story.