Steven Brokaw Photography

Welcome to my portfolio site including photos, my blog, contact information and social media links

Opportunistic photoshoots are sometimes as enjoyable and successful as planned shoots.  During this past week’s photo club meeting at the Indianapolis Art Center I saw a flier about the weekend’s 2011 Dia De Los Muertos at the Art Center.  I thought that would be fun, but had other plans.  On Saturday my schedule changed so I decided to check it out.  As I was walking out the door I picked up my camera and headed out.

I didn’t even change the lens.  I was toting my Nikon D300s sporting a Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G. This is the last lens I used.  In my last blog post you might have read this is a sweet lens. What I like about the 35mm is that the extremely large aperture (f/1.8) allows extremely shallow DOF if wanted and is wide enough (53mm equivalent on a DX-format CMOS sensor) for most purposes.  Therefore, I was able to get street portraits with excellent bokeh, wide shots of dancers and good speed in the shade.  Probably, I could have had better reach and wider at the low end if the focal length if I had brought my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II.  This is the perfect walk around lens, but hey, you dance with the gal you bring to the party.

I was there for about an hour and saw some colorful Dia De Los Muertos art, temporary sculptures, watched glass blowing for a while, watched cultural dance, talked to another photographer, and listened to some Mexican music.  Oh yes, took bunch of photos.  Good times.

My after action tips:
·         Keep a camera with you ALL THE TIME.  Get yourself a point & shoot or have your smartphone handy.  I keep a Nikon DSLR & 2 general purpose lenses in a camera bag in my trunk…just in case.  In this case I did have my primary camera, but if not I was covered.
·         Keep your “walking around lens” on your camera when it’s not being used.  That way when you pick up your camera you have a general purpose lens always available.  The problem with a general purpose lens like the Nikkor 18-200mm you get just that, general purpose
·         There’s a photography opportunity everywhere.  Every place you go is an opportunity to take photos.  OK, the Dia De Los Muertos was a natural photo opportunity, but you get my point.

Tribute To A Photographer

Zombies vs. A Human Photographer