Renaissance Festival 2013

If you are in the mood to take photos of people but aren't interested in the norm one of the best places is a Renaissance Festival.  Over the weekend I met up with a local photography meet-up group RoadRunner Photography Tours to experience the festival first-hand.

As you would expect there are many opportunities to capture people from the normal to the highly eccentric.  The theme was pirates and there was plenty of folks donning their favorite pirate outfits. For picture taking the Weather was almost perfect, maybe a tad hot, but not unbearable and with a sunny dry day, it made for some excellent shadow play amongst the various trees and architectures hidden in the forest.  The overall scene and festivities is just something you need to experience.

For equipment I decided on using the always faithful Olympus OM-D E-M5 fitted with the amazing Zuiko 75mm f/1.8.  Packed along side of this was the new addition to my lens collection, the Lumix 7-14mm f/4 wide angle lens.  I also decided to carry the Fuji X-E1 fitted with the great Fujinon 35mm f/1.4 lens.  

The Olympus OM-D and Zuiko 75mm, at least for me, is a go to when it comes to shooting people.  At a 150mm (35mm-equivalent) it provides an up-close and personnel feel that doesn't require you to actually be up-close and personnel.  Now I would admit for street shooting some times the goal is to get more personnel with your subject matter.  However when it comes to those scenarios where there is a lot of people and your goal is try and create some isolation, you can't go wrong with this Zuiko lens. 

The Fuji X-E1 and 35mm Fujinon lens provided that middle of the road focal length, 50mm (35mm-equivalent).  This gave me a little wider field of view for those tighter scenarios. I also wanted to try and shoot more with this combination since I haven't had a ton of activity with this particular Fujinon lens.

Both cameras were suspended over my shoulders using the Black Rapid Yeti Slim strap.  This strap gave me the ability to have both cameras at either side and always accessible.  I carried the other lenses and back-up batteries in a ThinkTank photo Speed Changer v2.0  bag and belt system.  I am always trying to figure out the best way to carry a system for this type of shooting, on your feet all day, and wasn't interested in lugging around a backpack or other heavier bag.  I am not sure this was the best approach but it worked fairly nicely. 

As we ventured through the park I tried to capture scenes that demonstrated a little bit of everything without necessarily having tons of photos of just tourists walking around. It was a busy day and there was plenty of people visiting the Festival, so I ended up on relying more heavily on the Olympus OM-D and Zuiko 75mm combination.

Now for some pictures! 

All in all it was a fun day of picture taking and meeting new folks.  If your interested in Photography and don't belong to any groups I encourage to look up local meet-ups in your area.  A great place to start is