A Portrait Shoot with Emily

Emily, 6th Street - Austin, Texas

Emily, 6th Street – Austin, Texas

Today’s post is sort of a continuation of yesterday’s. I made this portrait of Emily on 6th Street during a photowalk with Charles during SXSW. Both Charles and I know Emily from Drink and Click and she was nice enough to come up from South Austin to model for us.

There’s a difference, though sometimes it can be a fine line, between a snapshot and a portrait. The three photos from yesterday, where I tested the Olympus 17mm f1.2 Pro, were merely quick snapshots, though I deceptively called them “Street Portraits”. Not much went into the making of those photos. What I tried to create with Emily was decidedly more serious. It’s up to you whether I achieved a meaningful difference. At least the intent was there.

Emily was patient enough to let us make many portraits, mainly on 6th Street but also on Red River and Congress Avenue. Conditions weren’t great, of course, but that was part of the fun, at least for me. This photo is my favorite.

Anyone who frequents 6th street will recognized the Ritz sign, which I wanted in the background. Unfortunately, this part of the street was extremely dark. But, with a fast aperture, high ISO and some post processing, I created something I was hoping for. The image has a texture and dreaminess to it, and I think it captures the feeling of 6th Street. I also love Emily’s expression.


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