Saturday, July 30, 2011

A bit of humor

A vetran of the War of roses.



Trouble.



A message from the merchants.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Birds of Prey

This booth was hosted by a local Birds of Prey rescue. I was still getting used to my portrait lens, so the images are a bit too soft due to too slow a shutter speed.





Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pirates

Along with the usual medieval theme you'd expect at a Ren Faire, there was a strong fantasy and pirate presence. At one point we ran into a recreation of the pirate ship crew from Pirates of the Caribbean. The costumes were incredible and they started singing a pirate's life for me....


Monday, July 25, 2011

Combat

The live combat demonstrations looked pretty realistic. The look on the knight's face, in the last shot, seemed to show real concern.



Saturday, July 23, 2011

Hanging out

Endless people watching. A large portion of the attendees wore some sort of custume.



Friday, July 22, 2011

Jester

I got two photos of this juggler/jester. Can't decide which one I like best. I like each for different reasons. There is something about her eyes that makes the shot.



Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beasts - real and mythical

My second installment from the Colorado Renaissance Faire - the many creatures in attendance.









Monday, July 18, 2011

Colorado Renaissance Festival

Went to the Colorado Renaissance Festival this last weekend. Had no idea what a big production it was. Permanent structures, rides, animals, live music, belly dancers, and actors setting the mood.







Took lots of photos. Will post them over the coming week.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

The 50mm Project

Initiated some time ago, I finally have some results:


The rationale?  Remember when you had your first 35mm camera, the lens that came with it was a normal lens.  Usually 50mm, but sometimes 45mm.  The Normal Lens for your camera (film or digital) is the focal length that most closely resembles the proportions that the eye sees.  This will vary with format, e.g. for my medium format cameras (6X6 and 645) the Normal lens is 75-80mm.

In our rush to greatness, we often abandon the normal lens for zoom or wide angle.  Read also this testimony to the normal lens.  And if you are digital please chime in with your normal lens equivalents.

Sunday, July 10, 2011

No Mosquitoes!

Last year's Greeley Stampede was under a threat of West Nile Virus due to an over population of Mosquitoes.  This Year they weren't taking any chances:

Friday, July 8, 2011

Hidden?


Interesting Wall, or is there more to it?


Ah!  Hidden Electrical Works!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Tradition!

Traditional Fair Entertainment:



Who doesn't love a Merry-go-Round?

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Strolling............

Strolling with a very good-natured Long Horn Ox after a day at the Stampede:

Monday, July 4, 2011

America's Birthday

Happy 235th Birthday.  Remember to Show the Colors!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Holiday Weekend at the Greeley Stampede

It's America's Birthday and we celebrated at a concert last night in Greeley, Colorado:


 Featuring the Blue Oyster Cult and Cheap Trick........................


 The Greeley Stampede began in 1922, and is one of the Oldest ongoing Rodeo Events in the United States.