In addition to the hulking knights sparring on the field of honour, there was another field for the duelists, this lass being chief amongst them. Decked in full period regalia, she was kind enough to take a moment out of her fencing, to allow a simple scribe (that'd be me) to record her visage for posterity.
Once again, I bow to the lady fair for her generousity.
This fine young lass was engaged in a bit of game playing with her man. It seemed as is she was losing, so I instructed the gentleman that the proper rules of etiquette dictated that he lose, but not to make it obvious. I'd like to think it helped him that evening with her affections.
So my wonderful girlfriend finds an ad in a local paper for a Renaissance re-enactor's guild and brought it to my attention. Should be neat, I thought, and we went. As it turned out, they were having a big event this (past) Memorial Day and invited us out to it.
Gotta be dressed in period wear however, so at the very last minute she whips us some great gear and we go as local scribes.
Everyone there were super friendly and informative and we took hundreds of pictures. I'm still sorting through them, but here are some of my favourites.
All shot with my 50mm f/1.8 on my Nikon D1x. Not strictly period I know, but I'd left my Camera Obscura at home that day.
A cross section of some of the better-kept parts of my city. Honestly, this city is old, run-down, broke and dirty. I've seen better paved roads in war zones. The city is a perfectly usable river running right through it and does nothing with it except for a few ill kept parks. And they wonder why they are broke all the time.
No matter, you can see the storm clouds heading in here. Taken with a 50mm dedicated Macro, as I'd left my 17-35mm at home (I was on my way to a people shoot and didn't need a landscape lens)
Had an opportunity to see the band Bio Ritmo at a park across the way from where I live. Latin-infused jazz, or maybe Caribbean, I'm not sure. My tastes in music are *very* narrow from studio work, but I love seeing any band play live (probably channeling my inner failed musician.)
The band encouraged people to dance and I caught this couple doing their swing.
Taken on an overcast day (weather forecast calls for chances of rain all week) with my 50mm wide open, on my Nikon D1x.
Feathers are a natural subject to test the limits (and quality of a Macro lens. I shot these several times to get the look I wanted, again with a combination of flash and natual light, running 5 seconds for overall exposure.
One of my favourite images from tonight's practice. It's a combination of flash photography and natural fill light from a nearby window.
When shooting with a Macro lens, your depth of field narows to nothing, and it's difficult to get everything in focus, but in this instance, the important parts are, with the rest elegantly sliding into a blur.
So those that have been reading this site as of late, know I've had no inspiration and my work has reflected that. I've had the Devil's own time finding beauty in everyday things. Well a friend e.mailed me and gave me some words of encouragement, and it gave me strength, and a renewed sense of desire.
So today after work, despite the continued poor weather, I dug out my dedicated Macro lens, and some household objects, and went to town.
So this one is dedicated to you, for even in the depths of your troubles, you reached out and lent me your strength. You're the best.
Went out to a 'farmer's market' event this past weekend. Lots of neat (if overpriced) things there, some musicians and a solo banjo player. I didn't have much inspiration there, but somewhat better than my last series of shots.
I have some medium format film being developed so hopefully that will be ready soon and some with be worth posting.
During a lazy weekend, I kind of wasted it inside doing little, if anything, productive. Finally, around 7.30pm I decided I wanted to go out and shoot some film, as the storm clouds were gathering in full force.
Sadly, I've been in a rut lately and most of my work isn't fit for viewing, this shot is probably no exception, but here it is anyway.
From the same batch as the rest posted, adjusted slightly to make it pure Black and White, as the local one hour joint typically puts a tint to the film.