Archive for August, 2011

Falconry Show

While the new camera is better equipped to deal with the fast movement at the Falconry show, I still have a lot of learning to do to get the most out of it.  The grand majority of the time my pictures are nothing but grey or brown blurs, when I manage to get the bird in the frame at all.   This past visit was a little better, most of the time my pictures were slightly out of focus when I managed to get the bird into the frame. There was still a lot of “*#*$!@#@$#^&!!” going on under my breath.

Despite the lack of action shots I am still pretty happy with what I did get.  Meet Fire, and his lovely handler.

Also, at long last, I caught a decent shot of a falcon being hooded.

So the visit wasn’t a total loss after all, I’m pretty happy with how much this Barbary Gyrfalcon played it up for the camera.

The Joust, Part 2

Now for the exciting bit, action!  This is the first time I’ve taken this camera to the faire or tried any serious action shots.  I was also using a borrowed lens that was a telephoto rather than zoom so I had to lot to try and figure out in time for a 20 minute presentation, or which only 5 minutes is actual jousting.  So bear with me!


Seeing this charging down the field makes a person understand why heavy cavalry was efficient in the way back when.


The moment of contact!

Results in a broken lance.  That had to hurt!  The knights really do get injured sometimes, the fighting is staged to some extend, but you can’t always predict when a lance will break or a blow will land in an unfortunate manner.

Another broken lance.


The Joust, Part 1

As I mentioned previously I visited the Bristol Renaissance Faire this past weekend.  With all the kitty craziness going on in the house sort of under control I finally had a chance to browse  a few pictures.  Meet Sir Gregory, I used to sublet an apartment from him.  At the time he was Squire Gregory, so I am very happy to see him moving up in the world.

Sir Gregory preparing for the joust, actually since they now have a rail to keep the horses from colliding I believe it is more properly called tilting.

This jouster I don’t know, but he sure does like to play it up for the camera!

Not the best shot of the day, but it certainly gives you an idea of how difficult the job really is.  You’re seated on an 800 pound animal with a mind and will of its own (and this company, Hanlon-Lee Action Theater,  uses bit-less bridles too!) with a large heavy pole moving at about 20 to 25 miles an hour attempting to hit (or in this case catch) a small moving target about a foot in diameter.