Scarborough Faire for our first date. It was her first visit to a renaissance festival. We've made it a point to visit a ren fest every year since, but after moving to New Braunfels, Waxahachie's too far for convenience, so we more often attend the Texas Renaissance Festival these days, simply because of easier logistics. This year, we went on opening weekend. I've blogged a little bit about the general experience (the kids loved it, as they always do, and burned through all our money in record time) over at the Lisa On Location Photography blog. In this particular post, I want to go into some extended detail about a set of photos I took. To recap, last Christmas The Wife gifted me with a Canon FD 500mm f/8 reflex mirror lens. Which, over the ensuing six months, I converted to Canon EF mount and inflicted a little bit of nerve damage on myself in the process. I painstakingly documented my conversion, but then apparently deleted all the files. sigh. The long and short of it is I have an extremely long focal range lens that cost $10,000 less than Canon's EF 500mm f/4 IS lens, or $800 less than Sigma's 50-500mm alternative. The FD 500mm is also about 10 pounds lighter than either of those, but has the disadvantage of being a pretty slow f/8 lens that can't be stopped down. And it's also strictly manual focus. It's a tough lens to use, to put it bluntly. My first real efforts with it I chronicled here, and ended up throwing away far more shots than I kept. But attending the Texas Ren Fest, the idea struck me that the joust might prove to be a suitable subject to practice my lens-fu on with this challenging mirror.
Chicken Ranch Central