Another update to my galleries for the Bristol Renaissance Faire 2009 season. This week I’ve uploaded images of the Royal Joust, The Swordsmen, Barely-Balanced, Fantastikals, and my normal candid portraits. Images from previous weeks have been moved into their corresponding galleries within my ren faire section of my site.
Right away on Sunday morning I raced down the Joust field so I could make sure to get a spot along the fence to take some good unobstructed photographs. Not many people attended the first joust though, so it wasn’t a problem anyway. Photographing action subjects is one of my favorite things to capture. I think I got some good action shots.
So before the Joust ended, I raced over to the stage where Dirk & Guido were to perform. Got a front row seat, and I was set. Guido did some great posing for me, and even twirled his sword at my lens for a quick moment. Luckily, I was ready, and caught it for you to see here. (The picture you see to your right.) I haven’t watched their show in a few years I think. It was nice to kinda get back to my roots of why I used to come to faire every weekend. Got some portraits and action shots of Dirk and Guido.
So after Dirk and Guido, I stayed put so that I could photograph Barely Balanced. I’ve never actually seen their show since the girl joined the troupe. It was a great show to be sure, with lots of hidden inuendo that the parents could understand, but the children couldn’t. Nice. Their show was quite fun to watch, especially when one of the patrons they dragged on stage tried to steal the show. Reminded me of an Animaniacs episode where they were making fun of Klingons (Cling-Ons. Check out the picture gallery and you’ll get it.)
The rest of the day was just spent like any other day at faire with my camera. Taking random candids. Like the one below. Check out the link at end of this post for all of the latest images. Enjoy!
My last blog entry was just me letting my fellow rennies know that I had posted new Bristol Renaissance Faire photos for 2009 in my galleries. (Notice how I’ve already started keywording?) Well, when I wrote that blog I did so with the intention of making it appear number 1 on Google within 24 hours. Prior to writing it, I had noticed that many people were finding my websites by typing these keywords into Google “bristol renaissance faire pictures 2009”. So I wanted to capture the number 1 spot with those keywords. I did it. However, it took me 48 hours, not 24. I can live with that though. *smile* Actually, for the time being, the first 4 or 5 links that show up with those keywords in Google belong to my sites. (That can change quickly though.) I’ve never accomplished THAT before. I actually got more hits in a 24 hour period than ever before with my last blog entry. 5 times the normal number of hits for my blog in a 24 hour period.
Who wants some assistance learning about keywording and metadata? My consulting rates are cheap. *grin*
I took many photos at the Bristol Renaissance Faire last weekend. I was there on Saturday for the last 2 hours, and all day Sunday. I came home with aching calves and an aching shoulder from my camera, lens, and flash being so heavy. As said in the 13th Warrior, I must “grow stronger”. *grin*
Every year I walk around taking photos of friends, fantastikals, and maybe the joust. This year though, I wanted to expand what I photograph, so I was trying to photograph on a theme. That theme being “street life”. I took photographs of many things that I normally don’t. I like the results, and I hope you do too. I still got many candids, portraits, and fantastikal pictures too though.
Speaking of the fantastikals, as you look through my 2009 Bristol gallery, try to find the 2 instances of “faerie magic” that I created. Here’s a big hint, they’re in photos with the bubble faerie.
I also realized last weekend, that one of the images I sold to Bristol got printed in the Bristol Renaissance Faire program that’s handed out at the gate. That was pretty exciting to discover. It’s something I can put on my photography resume.
So most of you already know the URL, but for those of you who don’t, here it is. I hope you enjoy the galleries. Please leave comments on the images if you like them!
Saturday July 11th, 2009 was opening day at the Bristol Renaissance Faire. Although I had to work, I was able to spend at least a couple of hours at Bristol at the end of the day, I got to see drum jam, and I got to see a lot of friends I haven’t seen in a very long time. I’m very glad I got to spend those 2 hours there at least. I took some photos while I was there, which I have placed in a gallery on my main website. Some images of patrons, cast, and playtrons. Including some images of the Fantastikals. I hope you enjoy the gallery. Drop a comment if you like them!
This sunset photo is not only my most popular sunset, but it’s one of my most popular images. I call it “Darkness Falls”. I personally like how creepy it looks, which is what led to the name. The name adds to that creepy feeling I think.
This image wasn’t planned, and as a matter of fact, it was taken in complete haste. I was driving to a friends annual “Harvest Party” in Elgin, in early November, and as I turned onto the street she lived on, I looked in my rearview mirror to see this beautiful sunset behind me. I slammed on my brakes, threw the car in reverse, sped backwards down her street until the street ended at a fence on the edge of a field. I knew I only had about 60 seconds before the sun was out of position for this awesome shot. I opened the trunk, hastily grabbed my camera with 50-500mm lens, changed my camera settings, ran into the field so I could frame the shot, and started snapping photos. About 2 minutes later, it was gone, so I continued on to the party.
Sunsets are one of my favorite things to photograph. Living in the midwest, some people think sunsets are bland, but I disagree. You just need to be creative in how you setup the shot you want, and sometimes when you least expect it, a sunset jumps out at you, so you need to keep your camera in your car all the time. I have many more sunsets in my galleries, so if you’d like to view them all, just follow the links below. I hope you enjoy them!