Halloween Portraits on 6th Street: The 2015 Edition

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 – Austin, Texas

This is the 3rd year in a row that I was down on 6th Street for Halloween. I’ve grown fond of these street portraits and wanted to continue the series. While the technique is the same, every year brings a new cast of characters. Here are the Halloween portraits I did in 2013 and 2014.

I used the same technique and exactly the same equipment as years past, which I describe in this post. I briefly considered using my newest Olympus, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II, instead of the E-PM2, but decided to use the old camera for nostalgia’s sake. Since everything is manually set, the more advanced features of the E-M5 Mark II added no benefit.

I did make one minor change to the process. I used gaffer’s tape to make sure my controls and focus didn’t move. This made it faster and easier. I shot about 60+ portraits in record time, about an hour and a half. I was there by 8pm and done by 9:30. It started to rain and I was tired from my earlier photography event, so it was an early night for me.

Without realizing it, I framed the portraits a bit differently this year. I was further away, so I mostly captured from around the knee up. In previous years, I composed more from just below the waist. While I liked my compositions, the added distance made my portraits a bit darker and required additional post processing. Something to keep in mind for 2016 portraits?

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2015 - Austin, Texas

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