Week 22, Renaissance Faire

I’ve never been to a Renaissance Faire before, and there was one within an hour’s drive of my house, so I thought it would be a good chance for some fun, some people watching, seeing some interesting costumes, and all over a three-day weekend (USA holiday, Memorial Day).

I brought two cameras, a Canon FTb and my Balda Beltica.  For all the FTb shots, I used my FD 50mm/1.4 S.S.C. lens, and the internal light meter.  The Beltica is a fixed lens rangefinder that I used on Week 17, and it is strictly zone focusing.  Films I used with the FTb: Ilford HP5, SFX 200 and Kodak Hawkeye Survellience film (C-41).  The Beltica was loaded with Fuji Xtra 200 and metered with my Gossen Digisix meter, using incident light.  As it turns out, this was the best combination of all of them.  I used the FTb’s internal meter and almost all the shots were underexposed about a stop to a 1.5 stops.  I had to do some adjustment on all of them

Maybe it is just me, but I’d say almost 1/2 the time I shoot people, outside of an event, I get at least one person asking me whether what I am doing is legal.  One day I was just out shooting in my neighborhood, focusing on Spring flowers and houses, and someone started asking me what I was doing.  They seemed flummoxed that I might be taking pictures just for a hobby.  So anyway, I feel more comfortable shooting strangers at events like this.

That said, a few of the shots I purposely asked for permission to shoot, and they are more portraits, but with the light and costumes it worked pretty well.

Smile

Smile, Canon FTb

Couple

Couple, Canon FTb

Buying Tea, Beltica

Buying Tea, Beltica

Waiting for Customers, Beltica

Waiting for Customers, Beltica

Holding Hands, Beltica

Holding Hands, Beltica

Knight, Canon, Hawkeye

Knight, Canon, Hawkeye

Waving, Canon, Hawkeye

Waving, Canon, Hawkeye

Dance, Canon, Hawkeye

Dance, Canon, Hawkeye

Cheers, Canon, Hawkeye

Cheers, Canon, Hawkeye

Smile and Strum, Canon, Hawkeye

Smile and Strum, Canon, Hawkeye

I shot the Hawkeye at ISO 400, but on the film photography website (where I got the film), they suggest pulling it to 200 or so for best results.  I really had to modify the levels on those shots, whereas the Fuji 200 shots with the Beltica were all straight from the camera.

I had fun, there were some good musicians, some stage plays, good food and despite being a small festival, lively crowds.  There is a bigger one my friend told me about in NY later in the year and I might try shooting there.  In addition my small city will be hosting the CT Renaissance Faire in Sept-Oct.  By then, who knows, maybe I will go as a character out of “The Game of Thrones”.

This weekend there are a couple different events I will probably shoot at, my city’s “Riverfest” where there are Dragon Boat races, plus replicas of the Columbus ships Nina and Pinta in the harbor.  And there is one of the biggest British Car shows on the East Coast at a local state park, so there should be lots of great opportunities for fun shots.

7 thoughts on “Week 22, Renaissance Faire

  1. I have been shooting the hawkeye film for a while and always have to mess with the color when scanning. Except..dun dun duuun….when using flash outdoors. I think this stuff is designed for flash since the red light cameras do use flash, day and night. I have never had a problem with it set to ISO 400 though.

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    • It could just be my camera’s light meter, it underexposed the B&W too. Interesting about the flash, that makes sense given the purpose of the film. I’ll have to try it with a flash to see how the colors look.

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