I went over to Rodeo Austin on its last day, back in March, with my friend Chuck. Both SXSW and Rodeo Austin happen around the same time and I like shooting both — it’s such a contrast. One is new and trendy, the other, timeless and traditional. I’ll let you guess which one is which.
I just realized that I made pictures at last year’s event and I didn’t post any of those. I shoot enough that even daily blog posts aren’t enough to cover all my subjects.
The rodeo seems to be cracking down on the type of cameras you can bring, without getting a press pass. I got one once, but haven’t bothered since. Last year, they stopped me at the gate, deeming my cameras too professional; I probably brought two of my small Olympus bodies and a couple of lenses. Luckily, I also had my compact Canon G7X Mark II, which is what I used. I was forced to leave my Olympus cameras in the car.
I was prepared this year.
In my bag, a single camera and lens — the Olympus PEN-F with the 25mm f1.4. I also popped the tiny DxO ONE camera in my pants pocket. Worst case, even if they didn’t like my Olympus, the DxO will make it through “Checkpoint Charlie”. They let me in with everything this time. I suppose I must’ve looked sufficiently unprofessional.
All of the images today are courtesy of the DxO One. I promised these in my May monthly newsletter, which I said will explode your retinas with vivid color. Yeah, some are crazy colorful, which is exactly how I wanted to show these.
You’ll notice that the photos are in the portrait orientation, which I explained works best for me with the DxO; though certainly, it can also shoot in landscape. But I like how shooting everything in portrait has forced me to think of compositions differently. I’m also considering making a book featuring these and many other colorful images from the blue hour carnival.
The DxO photos really pop at night with a little RAW post-processing. This is also the last of a dozen posts, wrapping up the coverage of this unique DxO camera. I think you can see why I like it. It’s quite capable. And, in a pinch, I can carry it in my pants pocket for some high-quality shooting almost anywhere.
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