Monday, May 8, 2006

Ren Faire

(Because I'm not quite sure how to spell "renaissaince," and am too busy to look it up.)

We went to the Ren Faire on Saturday. It's always fun to see people dressed up, even though many of the costumes make me shake my head in wonder. Some people think it's an excuse for a big costume party regardless of era, so there's all sorts of different things that shouldn't be there. Those are the ones who started off for the SciFi/Fantasty convention and made a wrong turn.

It was bigger this year than it has been in the past, or at least, it was less circular, so the beginning to end route took longer because you either went all the way and saw everything, then saw it again on the way back, or .... you didn't. We found that out the hard way when we wanted to go see the Queen's jousting tournament at 2:00. It took us about 20 minutes to make it through the crowds of people all the way to the end, because of course the jousting arena was at the very END of the whole thing.

My purchases that day include a puzzle ring, a puzzle box and a cool custom-made medallion with the tree of life on one side and a representation of the north star from the Chumash tribe on the other. Yes, it was a costly day, but those were things I've been wanting, and I haven't been to a Ren Faire in a long time, so .... there.

Monday, May 1, 2006

We went to go see Ashes and Snow the other day (that's a story for another entry), and I brought my camera with me. On the way back to the car, we stopped to play on some adult-sized playground equipment. It was an opportune photo op. What I didn't realize was that my white balances were all out of whack from playing with the camera before. It was disappointing when I was uploading them to my laptop to see how washed out everything was, but I decided to see if I could salvage any of them, and this is what I came up with:

Not too shabby, eh? The original was awful, but by adjusting the brightness and contrast, I was pleasantly surprised at some of the effects I got. I love how it looks like she's walking on air. And I love how she's so unselfconscious about being photographed.