At the Bar

At the Bar, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

At the Bar, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

Here’s another photograph I made this past Sunday, during my photowalk with my friends, Tony and Mike. I shot it with my other camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, which is in stark contrast with yesterday’s photo made with the Olympus PEN-F. Yesterday’s is gritty, black and white and at a 50mm equivalent for a classic street photography look. Today’s is all about the color, at least that’s what attracted me. It’s also shot with a 150mm equivalent telephoto.

150mm is decidedly odd to shoot on the street. It’s more removed, impersonal, potentially voyeuristic. It’s not the way I typically work the street. That said, it does offer a different perspective. If 50mm is great for capturing details, in contrast with 28mm or 35mm, than 150mm is great for details too, but for details very far away. I shot this one from the sidewalk, through the open doorway. The rich color and the striking red seats attracted.

It’s my second time with this lens, on 6th street. On my first outing, I captured this street portrait, in red. Technically, I struggled the first time, having problems shooting under 1/60 of a second. Turned out my in-body image stabilization wasn’t turned on. No such problems now. I captured today’s image, rock steady at 1/20 of a second (about 3 stops of IS). Why is this important? Well at night, every trick helps to lower the ISO and optimize image quality.

No, I don’t like this as much as yesterday’s. There’s no connection to the people and it’s rather static, though the motion blur helps. But the color and the richness of the reds are lovely, which counts for something, especially when trying to do something new.


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