Indoor Shuffleboarders

Indoor Shuffleboarders, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Indoor Shuffleboarders, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

It’s less than a week away from the onslaught that we call SXSW. The large, two-week Interactive, Film and Music festival is starting this Friday. It was still calm yesterday as I went on a photowalk with my friends Tony and Mike, something we haven’t done in ages. After a filling dinner and good conversation, we ventured in and around “dirty 6th”, which is what the locals call the east 6th street bar area these days.

My tools of choice, yesterday, a pair of Olympus cameras, the PEN-F and The OM-D E-M5 Mark II. I shot more with the PEN-F, conveniently with the 50mm equivalent f1.4 lens. The retro looking camera and the grainy black and white effect is pushing me towards the classic 50mm, which just seems to fit. And the large aperture sure didn’t hurt for shooting at night, on the street.

No doubt the shabby street will be cleaned up in a few days, just in time to impress the incoming visitors. I, however, chose to look at the grunge as a positive, which added extra grit to already dark and contrasty black and whites. Nobody is going to mistake this place for some pristine suburb. On the other hand, it’s not very interesting shooting in the burbs. It’s the city after all and the city is where street photography excels.

The indoor shuffleboarders caught my eye. The first time I saw this angle, after my many visits over the years. Goes to show, it’s still possible to see new things in familiar places. I’ve long preferred the 35mm equivalent but I’m starting to warm up to the 50. It allows me to better frame details. My latest in my Deep Blacks collection.


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