Sorry I haven’t posted in the past couple of weeks – we’ve got a particularly violent strain of Crud going around, and guess who caught it! I’m still not up to par, but the withdrawals from photography had hit harder than the bug so out I went, all doped-up on cold meds.
This weekend’s treat was a Ren Faire going on out near Charlotte, North Carolina & it was pirate weekend. And I’ll tell you one thing: pirates are not shy in front of the camera. Well, actually, nobody’s shy in front of a camera at a Ren Faire. If you get a chance, go catch one. They’re great fun for practicing crowd shots & building up your courage to ask people permission for a photograph – they’re very likely going to say yes.
Last weekend I drove out to the middle of NC and watched a bunch of hot-air balloons take off. It was amazing how quickly the teams could fill up and fly!
… it’s also amazing how many calories one person can consume in a festival, while they’re at it (ahem).
Well, last year I took pictures of the fair during the day; this year, the night!
This year the Raleigh Outdoor Photography Club split into two separate groups – those who basically wanted to step out of the car and find a waterfall, and those who were willing to hike a ways for the shots. I joined the latter group, and got to see some spectacular falls! The big one was Rainbow Falls, which took a switch back trail practically down the side of a ravine; with a tiny amount of rope-climbing thrown in. I managed to make it through the entire day just fine, but next year – next year – I’ll be up for hiking on both days!