I went to a Renaissance Faire today. They are one of my favorite things to
photograph. I took 632 photos. Yup. I have to take that many to get a
dozen that I'm actually happy with. Family and friends tell me that I'm a
“great” photographer, but really, it's all about odds. And I do admit, I have
some decent composition skills.
The thing I love about shooting at Renaissance Faires is that the visuals are so
inviting; I never get bored or tired of shooting, and the whole day flies by.
There are a bunch of things that frustrate me though, all having to do with my
“equipment” (or lack thereof). Some of these things include sun I can't control,
but could deal with more easily if I was able to use a lens hood, shutter lag,
which is a huge issue for me, and finally, aperture setting for good depth of field.
I've learned to get around some of these things, like using my hand over my
lens to block the sun, setting up burst shooting and letting it rip so my lag
doesn't miss anything, and blurring out my backgrounds in Photoshop when
I get my photos home. But it does get most frustrating as I look through them all
and only find that dozen or so out of the 600. Still, I try to look at it as a challenge,
and really it hasn't deterred me from still going to these things and snapping away.
I do feel proud of the few photos I do get and love, knowing that I had to
work so hard for them.
Here are a few of my favorites from today: