It’s probably been at least six months, perhaps even longer, since I’ve been to Rainey Street in downtown Austin. The area is changing rapidly and continues to increase in popularity. The few open lots and food truck corrals have been replaced by large condo and hotel developments. But the area has retained its charm. A combination of small bungalows turned into restaurants and bars, surrounded by swanky high-rises, make for a unique and eclectic mix.
I was down there a few weeks a go for a Drink and Click and marveled at the changes. I saw this very Rainey Street scene as I rushed to our meeting place. The glow of lights and the mix of worn, old materials with industrial chic is not uncommon here. Yup, it’s hipster central. I, of course, can’t resist the glow of lights, which makes night shooting so much fun.
I had my usual two camera Olympus setup and naturally gravitated towards the 25mm f1.4, because of the dark conditions. Except, I’ve had some issues with the in-body image stabilization (IBIS) . My normally rock steady IBIS didn’t seem to be working and I struggled to get a tack sharp image. It turned out that the IBIS was somehow turnoff, which I just discovered recently. Problem solved.
However, on that night, faced with a less than adequate performance, I switched to the OM-D E-M5 Mark II with the 12-40mm f2.8 lens. That’s the photo above. The smaller aperture forced me to shoot at 1/20 of a second at ISO 2000. But, I actually prefer the framing to my original attempt with the 25mm f1.4, below.
There are subtle differences, but you can tell that the depth of field is not as shallow in the first photo. And while the focal lengths are nearly identical, capturing more of the glow in the foreground makes all the difference, I think.
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