Steven Brokaw Photography

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We are from Indiana
I Participated in the annual Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk this Saturday.  There were two photowalks organized in Indianapolis.  I went to the one arranged by the camera club that I am a member, the Photo Venture Camera Club.  About 20 photographers showed up on the bright and cold Saturday morning.  A perfect day for street photography.

Most of the group walked up and down Massachusetts Avenue (called Mass Ave by us locals).  It’s an area of trendy restaurants, bars and shops.  It’s also becoming one of the fashionable places to live.  For this reason it’s a great place for urban photography.  However, since this was the weekend for the annual Circle City Classic, there was also a big parade going on at the same time.  A few of the photographers, including myself decided to shoot around the parade.  A good choice.

Cotton Candy Man

You Looking At Me, You Looking At Me?

For this shoot the lighting was very bright with clear skies.  Lots of shadows from the buildings and floats.  I decided to sit right on the sidewalk so I could shoot from a low perspective.  I spent about ½ the time sitting in the sun and then about ½ moving into a shadow of local buildings.  I shot all photos with my Nikon D300s and my AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II.  This is a good lens choice for this type of setting since there was plenty of light and I wanted the flexibility to use both ends of the zoom range.  All shots were with my ISO set at 200, Aperture priority, WB set at either sunny or shade presets.  The only variable was my aperture normally around f/3.5 to f/8 depending on the DOF I wanted.

Working Up a Sweat Dancing

Kentucky State Marching Band
Obviously there was NO shortage of things to photograph in the parade, but I focused on shooting people.  I tried to get up close as I could and frame my subjects as close as possible.  I ended up with about 600 shots over the course of 2 hours.  Got lots of really fun shots.  All shots were processed in Adobe Lightroom 3 and a few additional processing in Adobe Photoshop CS5.


Tuba Player
We ended the photoshoot after about 3 ½ hours all meeting up at a local restaurant for lunch and of course to talk about photography.  I can’t think of a much better way to spend a Saturday morning. 

My Gypsy Soul

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