Today I set out for the Tenderloin discrict of San Francisco for some more gritty B&W back ally shots like I had posted a few days ago. This turned out to be a mistake that almost turned violent. For those not familiar with San Francisco, the Tenderloin is what most consider the worst part of the city. I figured it was still before lunch and most of the street rats will still be passed out in their box for a few more hours. I couldn't have been more wrong. During my 10 minute walk through the area, I was harassed (no big deal), spit at (bigger deal), and almost lost my camera to some street thugs(big deal). Thank god they were too lazy to really give chase because adrenaline will only get you so far. Needless to say I got out as quick as possible. I decided to give a friend a call and grab a cup of coffee since I was in the area. While walking to Starbucks, I came across a set of flags that I've seen a hundred times. I never really gave them much attention until today. It must have been the lighting, my mood, but the flag seemed to be more brilliant that I had remembered. As far as the Tenderloin project, I'm going back. Next time I'm just going to bring my Nikon FG & 50/1.4 for a lower profile. I knew bringing my D2H & 17-55 would bring more attention that I wanted, but for some reason I ignored my gut instincts. Hopefully my persistence (ignorance?) will pay off, and I'll have something to show.