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Medieval Festival: Portraits and Things

Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by Luckypenguin, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. Last weekend I attended a Medieval Festival held by a local museum. It is apparently the largest of it's kind in the Southern Hemisphere...which probably makes it about the 20th in the world but hey, I was impressed. They sure do take it seriously, though. Lots of costumes, displays, mock fights, jousting, etc. Funny thing was, they checked your bags on entry for weapons amongst over things...but hang on a minute, isn't that guy over there walking around with a four-foot long sword...hmmm.

    Anyhoo, it was a good bit of fun. I had both the GH1 and E-P1 with me - GH1 fitted with the 14-140, and the E-P1 with a selection of Canon FDs. I've settled on this as my preferred combination using the Panny for AF and the Oly for MF.

    Here are some images taken on the day.

    GH1 + 14-140mm

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5926374672/" title="PGH1-P1020962-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169838 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020962-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5925816349/" title="PGH1-P1020967-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169839 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020967-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5930009906/" title="PGH1-P1020988-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5930009906_fbc33823c5_z.jpg "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020988-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5929453565/" title="PGH1-P1030019-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169841 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1030019-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5930010522/" title="PGH1-P1030017-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169842 "640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1030017-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5936842244/" title="PGH1-P1020986-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169843 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020986-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5936841742/" title="PGH1-P1020993-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169844 "640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1020993-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5936841188/" title="PGH1-P1020989-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5936841188_0a2694bcdf_z.jpg "640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1020989-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    E-P1 + Canon nFD 50mm f1.4

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5921524585/" title="OEP1-P7102956-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5921524585_03d402c09f_z.jpg "427" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102956-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5921524223/" title="OEP1-P7102954-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5921524223_0073dca9ac_z.jpg "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102954-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5922088652/" title="OEP1-P7102947-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5922088652_bd4a73e999_z.jpg "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102947-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5922087204/" title="OEP1-P7102950-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5922087204_c093524627_z.jpg "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102950-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5929978418/" title="OEP1-P7102964-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169850 "640" height="480" alt="OEP1-P7102964-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5936809982/" title="OEP1-P7102969-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169851 "427" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102969-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    E-P1 + Canon nFD 85mm f1.8

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5921523245/" title="OEP1-P7102976-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169852 "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102976-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5929421525/" title="OEP1-P7102978-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169853 "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102978-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5922087656/" title="OEP1-P7102986-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5922087656_cdff3557c9_z.jpg "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102986-P2R Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5936810284/" title="OEP1-P7102988-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> 5936810284_9806dd7d53_z.jpg "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102988-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>
     
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  2. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
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  3. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Very nice, I really enjoyed looking at them.
     
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  4. He he, thanks. Perhaps being the operator of a projectile weapon, one is...allowed to let one's self go?

    Thank you Jorg, and welcome to the forum BTW.
     
  5. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Nic,

    Great post! Colorful, interesting.. some even a little weird.. I like it.

    I wish the first B&W of the mounted knight wasn't in between two color shots, it was distracting for me and I liked the shot..

    Also interesting to me is M on the Oly.. up until the Boston meet I'd heard folks comment that it was easy enough to get to the manual focus with legacy glass.

    I tried Hyubies out and thought it was a breeze..

    I'm glad you got out to shoot. Loved the post!

    Alan
     
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  6. Yeah I didn't put much thought into the order of the images. I just copied and pasted the links, although I seemed to have have fluked it with the Oly images. It was a bit weird...one guy (in full costume, can't remember exactly what his character was) spotted the E-P1 and thought it was pretty cool. He didn't like the lack of view finder though - he was a die-hard film shooter. Didn't pay any attention to the Panny at all :frown:

    As to which brand is better for manual focus...I don't know if the E-P1 is better than the GH1. It's just how I've always used it, and with the GH1 snapping away like a DSLR with the 14-140mm, they make a good combination.

    Glad to have added a bit of weirdness to the forum!
     
  7. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Hi Nic,

    There is lots of conversation about the differences of the two styles Oly & Panny. Many of us have owned or do own both. One thing is certain, the Oly is a more attractive piece of gear. It draws lots of attention, and deservedly so.

    Only while in NYC did several people (all Asian by the way) walk up and comment on my GF1, oh nice camera etc.

    I thought my Oly among the most elegant cameras I've owned.
     
  8. I haven't had anyone else comment on the E-P1 but it definitely gets a few curious looks from time to time. I think Oly got the retro looks of the E-P1 spot on, and (ignoring any other comparison between the two) did it better than Fuji with the X100.

    E-P1: Modern looking camera with retro design cues.

    X100: Retro looking camera with modern LCD and buttons attached. Nice but confused.
     
  9. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    SoCal
    Looks like you had a lot of fun Nic. In the US we call them Renaissance Faires.

    My snaps from Renaissance Faires are here:

    R-Faire

    Gary
     
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  10. Alanroseman

    Alanroseman Super Moderator Emeritus

    Dec 21, 2010
    New England
    Gary,

    I remember that set. I liked just as much this time, especially the horizontal with the mounted knight!

    Some serious d├ęcolletage going on there too.
     
  11. Cool. It's serious business isn't it? Are the Renaissance Faires set in a later time period?



    Unfortunately I wasn't in a very good vantage point for the jousts to get any action shots. Too many bars in the way, bad position with light, etc (GH1 + 14-140)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5939667353/" title="PGH1-P1030015-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169993 "640" height="427" alt="PGH1-P1030015-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    I did get a closer shot of the Pieman though, complete with pie intake prevention mechanism in place (GH1 + 14-140)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5940221288/" title="PGH1-P1020985-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169994 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020985-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    These guys weren't fighting with handbags (GH1 + 14-140)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5939666223/" title="PGH1-P1020977-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169995 "427" height="640" alt="PGH1-P1020977-PR Panasonic Lumix GH1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    The gypsies were taking the dressing up part seriously (E-P1 + nFD 28/2)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5938249781/" title="OEP1-P7102943-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169996 "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102943-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    The apple tobaccy was getting a good workout. I can't stand smoking cigarettes, but this stuff was not entirely unpleasant when I tried it in the Turkey & Egypt last year (E-P1 + nFD 28/2)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5938804340/" title="OEP1-P7102944-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169997 "427" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102944-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>



    This guy had cool pants, but needs to reconsider his boot to leg diameter ratio (E-P1 + nFD 50/1.4)

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/55915417@N08/5938805058/" title="OEP1-P7102961-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane by Lucky.penguin, on Flickr"> View attachment 169998 "480" height="640" alt="OEP1-P7102961-PR Olympus Pen E-P1 Abbey Museum Medieval Festival Brisbane"></a>
     
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