Parade in Monochrome

Parade in Monochrome, ROT Rally - Austin, Texas

Parade in Monochrome, ROT Rally – Austin, Texas

I shoot so often with the Olympus PEN-F with the 50mm equivalent in monochrome that it was natural, probably even expected, that I would use this setup for the ROT Rally. True to my recent form, I did just that. But it turned out to be a lot more difficult than I expected.

It’s decently challenging to cleanly capture bikes while moving. My preferred method is to shoot the parade when the bikes are backed up and nearly at a stand still. It was different this year. Perhaps less bikes and less traffic made the parade flow quicker.

Focusing on moving objects with a shallow depth of field in rapidly dimming light was the challenge. Coupled with a non-wide 50mm equivalent didn’t leave much slack. Out of the numerous failed attempts, this image stood out as my favorite. The black and white, with a more or less sharp subject, contrasts noticeably with my wide-angle, full color, motion blurred image, posted over a week ago.

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7 thoughts on “Parade in Monochrome

  1. I’ve always found parades difficult to photograph or at least difficult to photograph and have something interesting as a result. I’ve been using the 25mm Olympus more than the f1.4 Leica 25mm because the Leica can have a weird perspective and sometimes, even low light seems too bright.

    I do use the f1.8 25mm Olympus a LOT. It has become my standard lens, the one I leave on the camera. It’s good for a lot of things — but it definitely does better shooting close than wide.

    I don’t have a good wide angle lens. One of these days …

    1. The Olympus 25mm f1.8 is definitely more compact.

      I don’t understand the “low light seem too bright”. You can always use a f1.8 or smaller aperture with the Panasonic 25mm f1.4. There is no need to shoot it a f1.4.

      1. Maybe it’s me. It produces a shine I don’t like. I do like the way it uses medium to low light, but I also am not thrilled with it’s field of view. It is a bit twisty for my taste. It may be perfect for someone else. You know, we all develop specific taste in lenses. The tone, texture, angle, perspective. Color and the way it shows light. I (extremely) prefer subtle lighting. I’m the one turning down the saturation and brightness on almost everything.

      2. Yes, that makes sense. We all have different tastes and different equipment work better for each of us.

        The Panasonic 25mm f1.4 has some more purple fringing than I like, though the new Capture One software does a decent job removing it.

        I may get an Olympus 25mm lens in the future but don’t see an immediate need since I already have that focal length.

      3. I had the Panny 20 and didn’t like it, even though everyone else loved it. I didn’t like the 14-150 at all and never used the 14-46. It really is taste. I hate lenses with any visible distortion too. I just can’t get around it. It stares at me.

      4. I used to use the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 quite a bit, but no longer. My grip with it was, it was very slow to focus.

        Much of the distortion is corrected in camera via software or hints are placed in the RAW file so that the RAW software adds the distortion correction. Any distortion you see is a fraction of what the lenses really have.

      5. I’m sure. I do a lot of correcting with software unless I like the distortion. I used the 20 for a while and got some nice street shots with it, but it was never a favorite lens. Sometimes, I’m not sure why. I sold it to a friends. Actually , that friend has bought all my rejected lenses, enough so I finally bought the 12mm f2 prime WA which I hope (HOPE) will serve me well. Slightly used, but I’m okay with that.

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