Sometimes two people meet one another and you know they are twins. They might not have the same look or the same last name, they might not even look like each other or be close in age, but you know, spiritually, they are twins. Sometimes it’s better to keep them separated, for they trouble they might get into. This is the case here, and it is another reason whey you never mess with Faeries.
In the woods, at a distance, a faerie queen and her attendant consented to pose for a portrait, which is a rare honor and a gracious gesture. While the deep woods are full of Fae folk, most people – especially adults – never see them.
Most importantly, this is an example of why natural light, when nature cooperates, is above and beyond wonderful. This was a partly cloudy day where the harsh noontime sun was diffused by both clouds and tree cover. Thanks nature!!!
I have amazing friends. The one on the right is Ruby Chiex who you will see in a lot of my photos. Brilliant and beautiful, she has been one of my photo muses for a few years running.
This photo shows why it pays to get the big lights and demonstrates the serendipity available in every photo shoot. The modeling light of the my AB800 with PLM modifier (aggressively flared) from above produced such a lovely light that I dropped my Nikon D800 and snapped a quick shot with my Fuji Point-and-shoot.
Camera: Fuji X100s
Lens: 23mm fixed
1/100 sec at f/2.0
Encountered near Baltimore, this Autumn Faerie was brazen, bold and colorful. Fae cannot be seen unless they want you to see them.
“This is a work of fiction. All the characters in it, human and otherwise, are imaginary, excepting only certain of the fairy folk, whom it might be unwise to offend by casting doubts on their existence. Or lack thereof”. ~Neil Gaiman
Technical: Nikon D90, 55mm, ISO 250, 1/160@F/11, wireless Speedlight – off camera, cls controlled. To shoot a faerie in the wild, you have to hand hold your lights.
Off camera speedlights are the best for creating a dramatic effect on the fly. I used a selfie stick with a cold shoe to get some separation from the camera. I used the on-camera Nikon CLS trigger and a Nikon SB-600. It’s compact, reliable and easy to tweak your output.
Event: Jeff Mach’s Wicked Faire
I really can’t say what event genre Wicked Faire might be, but I like to refer to it as everything else as attended by everyone else, and the name is quite appropriate.
Wicked Faire is a ton of fun, a photographer’s dream, and definitely not for the kiddies.
This modern world is a mix of synergies and fusion. A blending of old and new traditions and, here in the USA more than anywhere else, mixes of cultural influences the create new complexity and beauty every day. Nowhere is this more present than in the music of the band Brother, (Angus, Didgeridrew and their drummer, whose identity currently has me quite confused…) which blends didgeridoo, bagpipes, tribal drums and more traditional rock instruments to create and unique and compelling sound.
King of Prussia Mid Winter Scottish/Irish Festival Link:
I mean really, when are they ever going to get a clue that the seemingly innocent child that they are about to devour is actually a bone-breaking ninja prodigy?
This was a tough shot due to the variable light. by metering on the dark area and allowing the bright area to camera right to be somewhat overblown, you can get a serviceable photo, but really, why not just center it on the background and be done with the back-lighting altogether?
Probably because if they noticed me, I’d have been turned into a newt, but more like I was just walking by as these awesome actors were playing this out and captured what I could – there were hundreds of people around and this was the only vantage point. Capture what you can. Fix it later if you must. A fair photo of a good subject is better than no photo at all.
Every year around this time Krampuslauf Philadelphia freaks out the neighbors. And that is very, very good, because freaking out the neighbors is one of my favorite things to do. Here in Philly, Amber Dorko-Stopper, AKA Frau Perchta on Facebook, begs, pleads and cajoles scores of brilliant artists, neighbors and fellow citizens into performing one of the most wonderful and eclectic neighborhood events you’ve never seen. There are costumes, food, camp fires, kids, adults, hot cider, incredible fire dancing, and everything Alpine-mythic for all that care to attend. The costumes are to die for.
For an event like this, you should bring the fastest and widest lens that you have. Available light is the best, but if you bring your own, use something off-camera and well diffused.