A mass of 200 – 250 people stormed through Austin last night with cameras in hand. We organized at City Hall and took a zig zag pattern though downtown. Yes, I attended the SXSW Photowalk organized by Trey Ratcliff, yesterday. As the group moved, we spread out into smaller clumps, occasionally regrouping as we travelled through the colorful entertainment districts. Why so many photographers? Was there a celebrity nearby? People were either confused or accepted that maybe this was just another wacky SXSW stunt.
I reached the corner of 6th and Congress Avenue at the peak of blue hour. I popped open my lightweight tripod topped with the Olympus E-PM2 and the 14m with wide-angle adapter. My camera was pre-set perfectly for HDRs, set to manual focus, ISO 200 and a deep aperture. I shot several brackets, this one, my favorite.
The streets were busy, the trees sparked and the Frost Tower shined. The mid-60’s temperatures tricked visitors into thinking that Austin is perfect — just wait until summer. But for now SXSW is in full swing. Interactive winds down as the music spins up. 4 days gone, 6 more to go.
More photos to come…
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