December 08, 2011

Lawrence Christmas Parade

Since I haven’t been out shooting much now that it’s become colder, I’ve been looking for more opportunities to get out and shoot. So when I heard that the Old-Fashioned Lawrence Christmas Parade was coming soon, I made it a point to grab my camera and get downtown.

Unfortunately, the day of the parade turned out to be the only rainy day we had experienced in weeks. Despite the rain and the below 40° temperature, tons of people still lined the street waiting for the horses and carriages to go by. But you wont find many images of horses in this entry. My interest is always in the people.

Parade-goers huddled under the Acme T-shirts awning.

As the rain started to come down harder, the people started moving to get indoors.

My favorite subjects, as always, little kids.

As for gear, I was planning on using my 50mm primarily, but when I saw fog building up inside the distance-scale window, I decided to switch over to my 35mm f/1.4. Not only does it have a better hood to keep rain off the front glass, I’ve used it in wet weather before without any problems. Upon returning home after deciding I didn’t want to spend any more time in the cold, I put my 50 in my toaster oven on it’s lowest setting for just a few minutes to get the moisture out of the lens. Now, I have no idea if this is a good idea or not, so don’t hold me responsible if you end up melting your lens.

I also tried a different shooting technique this time. I’ve been interested in some of the deep depth-of-field shooting I’ve seen among street photographers and wanted to give it a try for myself. Unfortunately, a dreary day is not the best time to try shooting at f/11 since it requires an ISO of 2000-3200, adding a significant amount of noise to the images. The f/2.8 images are the ones I’m most satisfied with from that day. I’ll wait for a sunny day before I try some f/11 or f/16 shooting again.

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