Christmas Ornament: Union Station, Denver
I’ve been posting a few pictures from Riley’s Farm Colonial Faire. They were reenacting the times just prior to and including the Boston Tea Party. I did the Lasses and the Brits already. Now we have the Americans. Again, the lighting was terrible, yadda yadda yadda. And I wish I had a better telephoto so these would be a bit sharper. But I think these turned out OK despite all the problems. All with my Nikon D7200. Mostly with my 55.0-300.0 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens.
This first guy spent all of his time with the candle girl I posted a while back. And most of THAT time was spent trying to twist apples in half with his bare hands. Riley’s Farm IS an apple orchard, after all, so I guess that’s the thing to do. I’m not sure if the candle girl was impressed or not. I have no idea what his actual job was supposed to be.
As promised, here are are the lads from the Colonial Faire at Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen from a few weeks ago. I’m not thrilled about the sharpness in some of these, but short of walking into the middle of the demonstrations, it’s the best I could do. Now I understand why people have such huge lenses when they do this sort of thing outside of a studio. But I’m still learning. As I mentioned when I posted the pictures of the Lasses, the lighting was terrible. Basically, mid-day. So I had to do quite a bit of photoshop fuckery to get the pictures even remotely viewable. You’ll see what I mean. Shadows are terrible in places and over saturation is rampant. Doesn’t help that I edited these on my laptop…which seems to show pictures a bit brighter than my desktop, so a few of these are a little dark.. But I tried.
I decided to break them up into Brits and Colonials. First, the Brits. They started off the day with an inspection of course.
My brother visited me for about a week around the 4th of July weekend. At the time, I just happened to see a flyer for a Colonial Faire near by in Oak Glen at a place called Riley’s Farm. Having nothing better to do, we decided to take a look. It was relatively small, but there was a dedicated group of reenactors there so it kept us entertained for a few hours.
It was very bright that day so most of the shots were either too bright or too dark. But I took a few hundred shots and a few of them were ok after I edited them in Photoshop. I will start with the shots of the Lasses roaming around the village. Also, as I put this together, I’m seeing that the editing is a bit off. I did it all on my laptop because my desktop doesn’t have enough RAM. I can see now that I really need to get a new damned laptop. Some of these don’t look at all like what they looked like on the laptop. Oh, well.
The first two are of a charming little candle girl. She taught my brother how to make a candle from bee’s wax.
Hey everyone. I have entered the annual Doors Open Denver Photo Contest, although who can say why? I invite everyone to stop over to the contest page and if you think I’m worthy, throw me a vote. If not, go to the contest page and vote for whomever you think is worthy.
Also, I believe a couple more 5280LMers are entering – Greg Thow and Michael Pecaut. We’d be honored if you voted for their extremely nice work as well.
My three entries are “Ludwig” – the piano shot you’ve seen here – “8:14,” a detail of the clock at Union Station, and the Hostel Fish interior, “Skylight.”
Click to Embiggen (not that it gets much bigger 🙂 )
This is the earliest digital photo that I consider remotely a “keeper”. It was taken from the top of an RV somewhere in Nebraska. The camera was a Minolta DiMAGE S304 with a whopping 3.2MP (2048×1536) and 4x optical zoom. Still available on eBay for as little as $10!
Last year I took a shot I called “Christmas in Sleepy Hollow” at the Denver Botanic Gardens Holiday Lights Walk. I decided to come back to it a year later to see if I could do a better job in processing. Yeah, I’d say so.
Every time I think hey, this is an okay shot, GregT throws up something to humble me. Like with his fireworks shot earlier today. I may be outclassed, but I am undeterred.