A New Perspective on the Parade

Candids, Dia de los Muertos 2022 - Austin, Texas

Candids, Dia de los Muertos 2022 – Austin, Texas

These are not wide-angle photos of the Dia de los Muertos parade, though they have a wide framing. I used the same GF63mm f2.8 lens for the portraits and candids I captured pre-parade. Oddly, however, it’s a perspective I never created in the past. I verified this by looking through a decade of coverage.

I tend to frame tightly — my subjects often fill the frame. And that’s the natural inclination using a 50mm equivalent lens. It is, however, instructive to do something different, if only to learn something new. I made these pictures without any deep thought. I suspect that the high-resolution Fuji GFX had something to do with it.

With most cameras, the parade participants would appear small and without detail. Higher 51MP resolution gives a different impression when viewed large on a 5K display. When cropped in a 16×9 aspect ratio to match my computer screen, the pictures look even more immersive — neatly cinematic.

Candids, Dia de los Muertos 2022 - Austin, Texas

The first two pictures capture the oncoming parade traveling west down 6th street.

Candids, Dia de los Muertos 2022 - Austin, Texas

These Concheros dancers move forward and back, giving me a second chance to capture them even after they pass. The slight softening of the background reduces the distractions.

Candids, Dia de los Muertos 2022 - Austin, Texas

This last photo documents the scene with a view of the growing skyline to the west. It also covers the entire width of East 6th Street.

I’ll wrap up the Dia de los Muertos coverage tomorrow with my typical take on the parade — a closeup of the participants.

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