One more picture from the Hotel Van Zandt. The upscale boutique hotel has created a lush living-room-like sitting area. The opposite of the cavernous and impersonal airport-like lobby of the Hilton Austin.
Miraculously, once the free drinks stopped flowing, the crowds quickly dispersed. The vibrant SXSW attendees went elsewhere. Less than an hour later, this was the scene. I enjoyed an opportunity for people-less interior photography, however.
Snapped with the Fujifilm X100V, the image is high enough quality and effectively captures its mood. However, it’s not the ideal camera for this kind of photography. I prefer a deep depth of field for interior architecture. You might be able to tell that the image is not perfectly sharp from front to back. A camera with image stabilization will allow for a smaller aperture.
I would love to shoot this with the Fuji GFX 50S II on a tripod — f11 to f13 at ISO 100. I did have my GFX 50S II with me, sans tripod. But I’m generally cautious about busting out a large camera in a place like this. Maybe someday, I can get special permission from the marketing department for a dedicated architectural photo session.
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