Buffalo Billiards, it’s better than watching TV

A couple watches the action, Buffalo Billiards - Austin, Texas

A couple watches the action, Buffalo Billiards – Austin, Texas

It’s not unusual to see a crowd during the peak hours, watching the action at Buffalo Billiards, on 6th street. On this quiet Sunday night, just one lone couple. My last several postings are about the Canon 6D, my newest camera and currently in test mode to see what I can do with this new tool. I was aiming for shallow depth of field — the full frame sensor and the 50mm f1.4 lens, my tools for achieving this.

A telephoto can certainly create a shallower DOF, but with a loss of context. I wanted to show the environment, not just the couple, and I didn’t want to stand half a block away to do this. I like how this came out. The viewers on the outside in sharp focus. The actors, the customers on stage, inside Buffalo Billiards, out of focus.

Bar Shuffleboard Instruction, Buffalo Billiards - Austin, Texas

Bar Shuffleboard Instruction, Buffalo Billiards – Austin, Texas

What was so interesting? I wanted to know. I shot through the window capturing another couple by the bar shuffleboard table. I must have accidentally picked a clean part of the glass. The image through the window came out a lot clearer than expected.

I angled my camera to catch the reflection of the couple off the glass. The window frame got in the way. I couldn’t quite achieve the half inside and half outside feel of window reflected photos. But the mood is there. The urban, gritty and slightly mysterious feel of a night photograph in the city. Not too bad for my first night out. This camera has promise. I know it will take me a while to become truly proficient.

Reflections on 6th Street, Buffalo Billiards - Austin, Texas

Reflections on 6th Street, Buffalo Billiards – Austin, Texas

This post is part 4 of my first real test of the Canon 6D series.

Also see:
   Molly and her friends on 6th Street
   Street Life with the Canon 6D
   A peek inside 6th street, with a 6D at f1.4 and f1.6

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