Fairs and Festivals- Renaissance Faire II

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I am finally getting around to sharing more of the images I took at the Renaissance Faire a couple of weeks ago. Time sure flies I can’t believe two weeks have passed already!

Here’s the Queen listening intently to a Lord in her Court.

The Queen Elizabeth with Lords and Lady in Waiting

A Lady

Lady of the Queen's Courty

Details- Lady of the Queen’s Court

Detail-Lady of the Queen's Court

A Nobleman or Lord

Renaissance Man

Plus the Conjurer’s Table

The Conjurer's Table

Nikon D700| AF-D Nikkor 85mm f/1.4| Hand-held

More to come…

Fairs and Festivals

Copyright © 2014 Deborah M. Zajac. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Greetings Good Gents, and Ladies!

I spent Saturday at the Northern California Renaissance Faire with friends. Attending this faire one steps back in time. The language, characters, and costumes are all in keeping with the period, and patrons often attend in costume. It’s a Photographer’s playground! I get such a kick seeing the elaborate and crazy costumes. The shows are fun, and the Joust is exciting, and  it’s great fun cheering on your favorite Knight.

I went gear light; only taking my D700 with my 85mm f1.4D lens, and for fun my LensBaby Composer II w/ Double Glass Optic. I took a lot of images and can’t share all of them in this post, but here are a few I took with the Lensbaby Composer Pro II.

I  just passed this little plot of lovely flowers while on my way to meet friends Theresa, and Glenn- we were car-pooling to the faire.  when Theresa called and said they ran into traffic and would be about 10 minutes late, so I turned around and went to take photos of these flowers. They were so cheerful on this gray, overcast morning.

Taken on the way to the Faire
Taken on the way to the Faire

I used an aperture of f11 in the LensBaby Composer Pro II, and for the portraits I used On Camera Flash using my SB910 to open up the shadows under the hats, and eyebrows.  I had it in iTTL balanced Fill Flash mode, and adjusted my Flash EV t/- anywhere from +3 to -1.7 depending on the light. The light was mixed; deep shadows when under the trees, and bright light when out in the open once the morning fog burned off. My goal was to balance the Ambient light and flash without blowing out the images and looking like I used flash. How do you think I did?

Tatiana, Queen of the Faeries

Faerie Queen,Titania

Bird Cages, and a Broom

Bird Cages and Broom

A Harp Player- Fantasy Character

Harp Player

A Cornucopia of Stuff

A Cornicopia of Stuff_3793

One last image of my friend T’s husband.  It’s Celtic Week-end at the Faire so there were lots of men in Kilts. Glenn wore his. I don’t know about you, but men in Kilts make me go week in the knees! HUZZAH!

Glenn

More to come…

Summer is…

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…the State Fair!

There are a lot more Spinning rides than when I was a kid, but the energy, sounds of the Arcade barkers trying to entice you to try your hand at their game to “Win the big prize!”, the clicking,  and clanging of gears and tracks, the lights flashing, and whizzing by, the screams of delight and terror echoing from the tops of rides by children young and old, the sweet smell of Cotton Candy, and the rich buttery smell of  fresh popped popcorn wafting through the air all were the same.

Starship 3000, Ferris Wheel, and arcade.

Summer is...“Let the Spinning wheel spin”~Blood, Sweat, and Tears- Spinning Wheel

Ferris WheelMy goal on this evening was to have a lot fun slowing down my shutter speed to show the spinning of the many spinning rides.

Spinning RideThe Carousel was pretty all lit up so I took two images one to stop action showing its detail, and another with a slow shutter speed.

Carousel

Spinning CarouselAll the images in this post were taken at the California State Fair July 2012. I missed last year, and hope to get to this year’s State Fair which starts in just about a month. With a little luck #1 Grandson will be with me and experience his first Fair.

I’ll leave you with an image of the gorgeous sunset we had on that evening.

Meet me at the fair!All images were taken with a Nikon D700 w/ AF-D 24mm f/2.8 lens| Tripod

Hope you have a great week-end!

Diablo Trails Challenge

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A month or so ago I was inspired by my friend Anne to join her on Saturday April 19, 2014 in Walnut Creek, CA to participate in the Diablo Trail Challenge. It would be her Birthday and she wanted to do something fun and athletic for it. I read about the event and wanted to join her.   There were four events going on; a 50K, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K.  Anne is a runner; she signed up for the 10K, and I hike/walk signed up to do the 5K. I thought we’d finish about the same time.

I asked He-Man if he wanted to do it with me and he said he would.

The Diablo Trails Challenge is a fundraiser to protect, restore  the land, trails, and build new trails. This event started and finished at Castle Rock Recreation Park in Walnut Creek, CA.

The whole event was really well-organized from start to finish. Overflow parking was at local High School. Since my event was last I knew parking in the park would be full, so I went straight to the High School where I found plenty of parking.

Free Shuttle buses were running continuously between the Park and High School.  There was a line for a shuttle bus when I got there, and Anne had sent me a text message telling me it took her awhile to get on a shuttle. The volunteers at the Shuttle bus waiting line were very “time” conscious . They walked up and down the line asking if anyone was doing the 10K?  If they found any they were quickly sent to the front of the line.

Once we got to the Starting area I found the check-in process well-organized and well manned. Then all we had to do was people watch while waiting for the 5K to start. As it got closer to the start time people started gathering near the Starting Line I went up in front and grabbed a quick photo.

4 Minutes til Start Time

Then I went to the back of the pack, raised the camera over my head and tried to capture the 5K pack-

Minutes before the Start of the 5K Save Mount Diablo Run April 1When the Gun went off to begin our event I crouched low and slowed my shutter speed to capture the motion of the runners/walkers feet-

They're Off!The trail started off on flat sandy/rocky soil then quickly we started going up.  Several men runners from earlier events passed us. About a half mile into the hike I saw a woman running down the hill wearing a 10K bib. She was the first woman we’d seen returning. She might have been the first place 10K woman.

First Woman I saw coming down the mountainThe trail was mixed terrain; flat and easy or rocky and tricky. The trickiest place was the creek we crossed.

There was big puddle  that was too deep to run/walk through so everyone went around it, which caused a bit of a bottle neck. We let returning runners/walkers come across first. There’s He-Man with his back to me in the blue T-shirt carrying a black camera bag.

5 Crossing the creek_4944We got to the 5K turn-around point but, I hadn’t seen Anne coming down yet so we decided to wait a bit for her. 8 minutes later Anne; the Birthday girl/woman turned the corner with a friend (Bill).

It's my Birthday!Anne and Bill left us shortly after saying Hello to keep their pace and time. We’d meet them at the Finish.

There were lots of cheering volunteers and staff along the trail. This man, a photographer, and female volunteer not shown were just past the 5K turn-around point where we waited for Anne.

Staff on the trail cheering on the runners_4950This couple was having a lot of fun, and look like they have plenty of energy to finish.

7 Man and Woman just past the 5K mark on their way down_4956a male runner on the way to the Finish Line- he might be a Half Marathon Runner.

8 Runner Male Will on the way down near 5K mark_4948Photographing the photographer

Photographing the Photographer_4961v2The Finish Line in my sights!

Nearing the Finish line

After crossing the Finish Line I collected my Finishing Metal, and T-shirt then grabbed a snack then we headed to the Shuttle.  I couldn’t find Anne to say Good-bye, and I didn’t have cell service, but tried sending her text message anyway. Anne found us in the Shuttle waiting line. We all left together. We all agreed it was a fun morning with great weather.  I’d do this event again. Maybe next time Baby Girl, and #1 Grandson will do it with us too.

All images taken with a Nikon D700 w/AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G  using Lexar Professional Digital Film, developed in Photoshop CS6

 

 

The Ghost of Jacob Marley

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“I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it, link by link and yard by yard, while on Earth, and now I will never be rid of it, any more than you will ever be rid of yours!” The Ghost of Jacob Marley speaking to Ebenezer Scrooge

"I wear the chain I forged in life. I made it, link by link andI couldn’t get a good photo of this character last year no matter how I tried so, my goal for this year was to get a decent photo of him this year, and to photograph a few characters I missed. This actor plays this character brilliantly! I got goose-bumps listening to his scene.

Here are a few more photos related to A Christmas Carol, and Ebenezer Scrooge from this years Dickens Fair

Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit taking tea with several ladies…

Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit taking a spot o'tea

Ebenezer Scrooge with Bob Cratchit and a Gentleman…I don’t know who this character is, but he was a ham for the camera.

Ebenezer Scrooge and Gentleman

Ebenezer Scrooge at the office of Scrooge and Marley…

Ebenezer Scrooge working at his OfficeThe Ghost of Jacob Marley warning Scrooge of the awful fate that awaits him…

The Ghost Jacob Marley warns Ebenezer Scrooge of the awful fateThe Ghost of Jacob Marley tells Scrooge he will have 3 visitors over the next 3 nights…

The Ghost of Jacob Marley comes to visit ScroogeThe Ghost of Christmas Past…

The Ghost of Christmas Past- Closer LookThe Ghost of Christmas Past-profile

The Ghost of Chirstmas Past-ProfileThe Ghost of Christmas Present with Scrooge…

The Ghost of Christmas Present and Ebenezer Scrooge

I’m happy with the images I made this year, but I did miss a few characters again like the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come. Which just means I have to go again next year. 🙂

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70mm G| SB600 on camera-more to follow

A Waltz at Fezziwigs

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My friend Alex and I arrived at the Dickens Fair just at opening and went straight to Fezziwig’s & Company to get our gear out and ready to take photographs of the extraordinary people and costumes we were about to see. Little did we know that about to begin was a wonderful Waltz!

Waltz at Fezziwig and Company 2 After the first Waltz they invited the guest (us) to take a turn with an experienced dancer (read actor)

Alex and I both opted out and took photos of the wonderful characters, and costumes instead. The musicians were fantastic. Not a note or beat missed. I wish I could play the piano as well.

Isn’t that mustache and Top Hat something, and look at those curls in her hair! Imagine how long that took. More than I spend on my hair I’m sure.

A Waltz at Fezziwig and Company 1

A gentleman, and gracious teacher.

Waltz Lesson at Fezziwig and Company 3

mtf

Nikon D700| Nikkor 24-70mmG| SB600- On camera flash| Daly City, California Dickens Fair

Civil War Days- Sharpshooters

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“Ravenous, the gods of war demanded men- lots of men. Northern armies were at first manned solely by volunteers, with each state assigned a quota based on population. But in 1863, after volunteering had slackened off, Congress passed a federal conscription law for the first time on a nationwide scale in the United States.” ~The American Pageant, 9th edition, Thomas A. Bailey and David M. Kennedy

APPLY IN PERSON AT COMPANY TENT.

The sign says:

Col. Berdan’s Regiment.

Sharp – Shooters!

30 more Respectable Men Wanted to Complete

Captain J.H. Baker’s Company!-The famous company “C” of Michigan

Many are called but few are chosen!

This company consists of gentlemanly men-none other need apply- as it is the “Crack Regiment” in the Army of the Potomac & “home” of the famous “California Joe”!!

OUR WAGES ARE HIGHER THAN OTHER COMPANY’S!

As many furnish their own Rifles, but the Government supplies each man with of Berdan’s Improved Sharp’s Rifles, while will fire 1 ¼ miles, at the rate of 18 times per minute. We have no drill but Skirmish Drill, no Picket duty; our manner of warfare is like the “Guerillas” or Indian. Our uniform is “Green”, color of the grass and foliage, and You are privileged to lay upon the ground while shooting, picking your position; no commanders while fighting. Be one of the elite & join

Co,. “C”, 1st Reg’t. US.S.S.

GENTLEMEN – This  is a beautiful chance for those wishing to see something of this life away from home. The $100 BOUNTY, LAND WARRANT,&c,. same as in all other Regiments.

APPLY IN PERSON AT COMPANY TENT

Jan. 1, 1863                       H.L. HURLBUTT-U.S. Gov’t Authorized Recruiting Officer

Union Colonel Hiram Berdan proposed forming units of outstanding riflemen, largely equipped with Sharps rifles, in 1861, and as a result the 1st and 2nd regiments of US Sharpshooters were organized.

The Sharps weapons were the most advanced breechloaders in America when the war began. The Union bought 9100 Sharps rifles and more than 80,000 Sharps carbines during the war. Confederate forces

bought small numbers of these weapons. The rifles were  used by the US Sharpshooters, while the carbine was mainly a cavalry weapon. Both were single-shot, were accurate up to 600 yards, and could fire at a rate of about 10 rounds per minute.~Chronicles of the Civil War John Bowman, General Editor

The 1st Sharpshooters fought on the Peninsula and at Chancellorsville, and Gettysburg. The 2nd Sharpshooters’ first significant action was at Antietam.

Both regiments fought at the Wilderness and Spotsylvania. For the entire war, both units had casualty rates approaching 40 percent. ~ Chronicles of the Civil War-John Bowman General Editor

 

As able-bodied men got scarcer bounties for enlistment were offered by federal, state, and local authorities. A man with a gift for making money might pocket more than $1000.00!

Nikon D700, Nikkor 80-200mm + 1.4x Tamron TC and 28-105mm AF-D.  Duncans Mills, CA.

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