2013 ROT Rally and street photography
It’s June and the rumble of thousands of hogs can be heard across Central Texas. It’s ROT Rally season again. ROT, the Republic of Texas biker rally is one of the biggest in the U.S. and it makes its noisy entrance around this time, every year. 2013 is flying by and I forgot about the event until a co-worker reminded me. I’ve blogged about the ROT Rally parade, last year. I may post some more parade photos but much of it will look similar. I wanted something different. No tripod and no sparkly HDR motorcycles. I was going to do street photography. I had the Canon 6D this year and I was out to see what it could do. Once camera with one 35mm f2 lens.
6th street comes alive, even more than usual, during ROT weekend. Bars are in full promotion mode. The streets are packed at 5pm instead of at 10. And the usual 6th street characters are overshadowed by thousands of out of towners. It’s easy pickings too, for anyone who wants to shoot something interesting. There are thousands of bikes packed together, the parade of Harleys arriving from distant lands and finally the loads of people with character. I met at least a half a dozen photographer friends shooting down there.
I was outside and doing photography earlier than usual. Almost vampire like, I tend to arise to shoot near or after sunset. You know I like blue hour and the lively urban nights. But last Friday , I was out shooting by 6pm, a whopping 2 1/2 hours before sunset. Shooting conditions where easy. No test for the 6D, really. But it was nice to get down there and get into street photography mode. I have a mix of portraits and candids. Color and black and whites. Some variation to give you the feel of 6th street.
I was killing time until the ROT Rally parade down Congress Avenue. I figured it would start around 8pm. And after that, the main challenge. Night street photography.
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