Flickr a Day 241: ‘Festival of the Dead, Missoula MT’

Is this one instance where color would work better than black and white? When shooting the Leica Camera AG M Monochrome and Summicron-M 35mm f/2 lens, as Mick Orlosky did on Nov. 2, 2013, color isn’t an option. But I want to see the subjects’ painted faces in living C. That said, B&W emphasizes their designs and makes the clothing part of the dark mood rather than distraction from it. Our selection is the fourth featuring the Leica. See Days 87, 120, and 131 for the others.

Self-titled “Festival of the Dead, Missoula MT” takes the Day for composition, and how B&W draws out the kids’ faces looking back as the adults move forward. But I considered passing on the pic, because depth of field is super shallow. Focal point is the gent’s jacket partially obscured by the umbrella, such that the onlookers are out of the field of focus. Vitals: f/2, ISO 1250, 1/45 sec, 35mm.

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Photo Credit: Mick Orlosky