Molly and her friends on 6th Street

Molly and Friends, Candid on 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Molly and Friends, Candid on 6th Street – Austin, Texas

With my brand new Canon 6D in hand and with the 50mm f1.4 lens, I was in street photography mode.

The usually lively 6th street is noticeably calm on Sunday night. I walked past the famous Driskill Hotel and spotted an interesting group, congregating. I raised my camera and fired a couple of shots. Molly, the red-head in the center, spotted me and posed. She seemed curious and a bit confused at the same time. “Why is this guy taking a picture of us?” I’m sure she was thinking.

I approached and had a quick conversation. I explained that I just got my new camera and was testing it out. Molly seem interested and I asked her for a portrait. It was set on f1.4, always a risky aperture to get sharp focus but I was going for maximum shallow DOF.

Portrait of Molly, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Portrait of Molly, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

She liked the results and she rustled up her friends for a group portrait. I reset the aperture to f5.6 and fired. One of my new challenges with full frame is to know what apertures to set for different circumstances. Only practice will program my mental depth of field calculator. With micro 4/3, it usually isn’t too much of an issue. With a smaller sensor, f2.8 or so is fine in these situations.

I also bumped the ISO up but neglected to look at the shutter speed — 1/30 of second. Should have been a bit faster. There is a little camera shake but not too bad overall. No in-body image stabilization, drat. Another thing to keep in mind with my full frame toy.

Group Portrait, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Group Portrait, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

Part of my first real test of the Canon 6D.

Also see:
   Street Life with the Canon 6D
   A peek inside 6th street, with a 6D at f1.4 and f1.6
   Buffalo Billiards, it’s better than watching TV

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6 thoughts on “Molly and her friends on 6th Street

  1. i often do the same! Some folks don’t or won’t use their internet, so i do small prints..
    deliver later. i have added portraits of other interesting faces..thru doing that.
    i like the shot.
    on my monitor i truthfully don’t see a difference between sensor sizes except lack of depth of field..
    i like the pose of girls. jason gold.

  2. Looks like you got her eyes sharp, at least from what I can tell at the web size. Yeah, I know, I look at photos at 100% too much. πŸ˜‰ On my full frame cameras about the only time I open to f/1.4 is something like shooting a band in a dark club. The distance to the performers makes the shallow DoF less of an issue. For a portrait, I don’t like going more open than f/2.8. I’d rather have f/4. That is personal preference though just because I don’t like having the tip of someone’s nose blurry – I like to see sharpness from the nose to at least mid ear or so. Group shot, I’d like to be at f/8 if I can get it. This of course depends on the lens and my distance. It will be fun to see what you do with the sometimes razor thin DoF. Next stop, medium format! πŸ™‚

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