While my wife Wendy does most of the volunteering at High Peaks, I occasionally
can help out ... so I volunteered to be the
photographer for the 4th grade Medieval Fest on
December 7th, 2010.
So I setup a "photo station" just past the gym
as seen below. I had some technical difficulties (for example, the volleyball
poles were taller than the ceiling, so I had to pop some tiles ... w/o a ladder! ;-) so it wasn't the perfect "studio" setup. Plus I didn't realize I had
another blue sheet to cover up the "safety" pole I had placed in front of the castle until I was almost done - darn!
Regardless, there were some really cute kids there and pictures are mostly in the order taken and yes, there are a lot of pictures ... but hopefully captures the event and there might be a few good enough for you to share with friends and family.
Ironically, I never got a picture of my son Kyle - D'OH! ;-)
Great job by the High Peaks Staff and parent volunteers for a super fun evening. Merry Christmas to all - Alek Komarnitsky.
Pictures taken with a Canon 7D DSLR and ultra-wide-angle 10-22, 17-55/2.8, & 70-200/F2.8ISv2 lens.
Flash was used on-camera, camera left, and on the sheet to reduce shadows. Minimal processing of the RAW originals and a quick eyeball'ed straighten & crop.
The castle back-drop was very nice, but the hallway was a bit narrow, so I especially wasn't able to extend the sheet across farther.
I put the "big pole" at the base/front of the castle to insure it didn't slip - gotta be safe - but dumb move on my part not to cover it up with the 2nd blue sheet earlier. Also, I was backed up to the restrooms, so wasn't able to use a longer lens (plus push the backdrop and sheet farther back) to better isolate the subjects - the 70-200 lens would have been great for this. But you have to work with what you've got! ;-)
As noted in the intro, the "full-res" versions of the photos are available
for you to download for your own use/printing.
Feel free to contact me if any questions.