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