Convention Center Silhouette

Convention Center Silhouette, SXSW 2017 - Austin, Texas

Convention Center Silhouette, SXSW 2017 – Austin, Texas

For the most part, I used my PEN-F and the 50mm equivalent lens for portraits, mostly the black and white variety, during this year’s SXSW. The combination seems to work really well for me — traditional looking black and whites, with a retro camera and a classic focal length. But I shot a few other things, including street photography. I also tried some architecture.

The Austin Convention Center is ground zero for SXSW with all the events and venues radiating from this center. While I can’t get into most of the exhibits, I usually visit just to take some snaps. This year, a different angle and a different kind of look. The black and white mode on the PEN-F allows me to compose in monochrome. The deep shadows give me a different point of view which, at times, allows me to see differently.

I took several photos from this vantage point, mostly looking for a desirable combination of people on the escalator. I like how that one guy is turned and talking to the person behind him. Even from these decidedly minimalist black and white silhouettes, you can tell that two people are viewing their smartphones.

My latest in my Deep Blacks collection.


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