Tuesday, December 7, 2010
A Different Dickens #1
I've been going to Dickens on the Strand almost every year for about the past 20 years. And for the last three years I've been taking impromptu portraits, much like we do at the Texas Renaissance Festival. Larry Patrick told me before we went this year he wanted to do something different. Enter Airship Isabella and the steampunk crew that were at this year's festival. Hard to describe these folks ... alternative, futuristic ... definitely colorful. We seemed to be drawn to them. Maybe it was their colorful outfits, maybe it was their interesting accessories, or maybe it was because their corner of Dickens on the Strand was in such nice light the entire day. Above is Amarante Leroux, who worked in the Airship Isabella booth on Saturday. Larry posted a photo of her today on his blog (link). Interesting how we both came away with such different shots, yet there is something in common -- natural light and more of a candid pose. Looking back at all my shots from the day, I seemed intent on turning my camera 45 degrees for some really unusual angles. A different Dickens for sure. Nikon D200, 140mm, f/3.5, 1/320 sec, +.7 EV; texture and edge added in Photoshop.