I like to attend the pre-parade setup of the Dia de los Muertos parade. It gives me an opportunity for behind-the-scenes documentation and candids. It’s also an excellent time to make portraits, which I feature in today’s post.
I selected the Fujifilm GFX 50S II this year as my primary camera. And, instead of using the more versatile GF35-70mm f4.5-5.6 zoom, I opted for the 63mm f2.8. What I lose in versatility, I gain in shallow depth of field, which allows me to better isolate subjects. There can be lots of clutter during the parade setup, and using an f2.8 aperture enables me to tame some background distractions. On the GFX, a 63mm f2.8 is equivalent to a 50mm f2.2 lens on a full-frame system.
f2.8 can be too shallow at times, especially for group portraits. Thus, I increased the aperture for group shots. It worked well for the most part. The GFX 50S II and especially the GF63mm lens is not fast focusing. However, it performed well in the bright sun for portraits. Candids and fast action were more of a challenge, which I’ll explore in a subsequent post.
The details and colors, which take center stage, didn’t disappoint.
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