While I brought a number of cameras to the Dia de los Muertos parade, last Saturday, my primary camera was the Olympus PEN-F with the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4. It gave me a classic 50mm equivalent. Using a fixed focal length prime lens for these kinds of events can be challenging, but with enough practice, I believe it strengthens one’s compositional abilities.
I found a lot of photos I like this year, so I’m breaking the coverage into three parts. It started with yesterday’s post, featuring portraits. Today’s photos are pre parade, for a behind the scenes look. Tomorrow, the actual Dia de los Muertos parade.
While most people come for the parade, I love documenting the pre parade activities. Capturing candids on the streets are more interesting for me, instead of just shooting a passing parade. My friend Chuck and I, arrived an hour and a half early, and the timing worked perfectly.
I actually shot these photos with the monochrome JPEG setting and composed in black and white. My usual contrasty black and whites looked too harsh during the strong mid-day sun, so I used my RAWs to showcase the vivid colors of the parade. It worked out well, I think. Composing with the monochrome setting made me extra vigilant.
Here are sixteen photos that give you a flavor of life, before the parade.
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