Every year I try to make it downtown during the Dickens Festival.
The site for this year’s festivities was the pedestrian mall on Main Street between city hall and University Ave.
I arrived around 3:30p when the light was perfect.
Because of the smaller area and how vendors were positioned, it became obvious if I wanted to photograph someone, I would have to ask them to accompany me to a better location.
I didn’t attempt that with everyone I saw except those who appeared exceptional in their costumes.
The couple with the Penny Farthing for instance demanded this extra effort.
I even used my Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite because I knew their predominantly black outfits would require supplementary lighting.
The picture of the exquisite Victorian lass could have benefitted from my use of lighting as well.
I didn’t have a place to set my Speedlite but I could have asked someone to hold it, I suppose.
You tell me if my results required that flash.
Because her outfit wasn’t black, I was confident I could get away without the use of flash.
When I came across the gentleman dressed as the Chimney Sweep like in Mary Poppins, I had to ask if he would step away from the crowds as well.
In retrospect if I had to do this over, I would probably asked if he would step into the parking structure so that I could get even more directional light.
There’s always next year.
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Peter Phun Photography
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