Halloween Portraits on 6th Street: The 2016 Edition

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 – Austin, Texas

Continuing with the series that I started 3 years ago, I went back to 6th Street, again, this Halloween. This is the fourth year I’m doing these portraits. It’s developed into a tradition, and following in this tradition, I used the same equipment for all four outings. Halloween, falling on a Monday, was a little less crowded than in previous years. This worked to my advantage so that I can better isolate my subjects against a simpler background.

I’ve been using my old Olympus E-PM2 for these portraits with the Panasonic 14mm f2.5 lens. I hold a flash in the left hand, triggered wirelessly to light my subjects. While I get a dark background, I post process to make the background pure back. The resulting street portraits look somewhat like they’ve been shot in a studio — in a controlled setting. They’re not. I shoot them on 6th Street and really quickly.

Everything is manually set to make the capture as fast as possible. If you’re interested, I describe my equipment and technique in this post. And because everything is preset, even my older and slower Olympus camera does quite well. No need to use my speedier Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II.

Like last year, I used gaffer’s tape to preset focus distance and to tape down the controls. It makes things faster, and prevents inadvertent changes to the camera setup. Some of the post processing was especially challenging, like the golden tennis players in the last photograph. I had to make sure that every square, in the mesh of both tennis rackets, where black.

Click here to see all of my other 6th Street Halloween Portraits.

Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas
Portraits, Halloween on 6th Street 2016 - Austin, Texas

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6 thoughts on “Halloween Portraits on 6th Street: The 2016 Edition

  1. They do look like studio work.

    I’ve been using my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark I for everything because I totally love it. It’s the camera I grab when I’m grabbing and going, usually with either the 25mm f1.8 or the 12-50 f3.5 (I really lust for the 12-40 f2.8).

    You’re very scientific about your photography. I’m … well … retired 🙂

    1. LOL, Marilyn. Except for my yearly Halloween portraits, I’m not very scientific. I usually have the camera’s computer do everything, including the exposure and focusing. I do it differently for these portraits because I want to shoot them as quickly as possible with the highest reliability.

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