5D Mk11 EF24-70 F2.8L USM 1/1000th at F2.8 ISO200
Sunday, and we weren’t sure what to do. The weather has been very unsettled of late so it was a case of just head out and see where we end up or come up with something that would provide us with an escape plan if it looked like rain. Trina checked t'internet and found that the Norwich Arts Festival was on so it was a no brainer really. Off we went to Norwich.
Before we went I checked my kit, charged batteries and decided on using the 5D and the 7D, coupled with the 24-70 and 70-200mm lenses respectively. Now at the moment, carrying those two cameras around can be a bit of a chore as they are heavy on their own, let alone with big lenses clamped on them! Still, you gotta suffer for your art. I'm still waiting on my double strap to arrive. Hopefully it won't be in our wonderful postal service for too much longer.
We arrived in Norwich and as expected, the closest car park was full (Chapelfield if anyone cares) but as I have some local knowledge I drove round the back and went to Pottergate. This car park is very rarely full but don't tell anyone.
We walked via The Forum and down to the Festival Gardens where the event was being held. It was very busy, the food stalls especially having long queues. We walked around the site to get a flavour of what was going on. Lots of sideshows and street performers but there were two stand out attractions. The first being a dinosaur puppet that was being led through the crowd. I got so close to it that a lot of my shots didn’t focus too well. It was like being in a paparazzi scrum!
The second was a pair of what I can only describe as friendly Trolls. They also walked around chatting to everybody. I cant describe them, you will have to check the pictures yourself.
So onto todays picture. We decided to get something to eat but as I said before, the queues were very long but Trina said she would line up. I went and sat on a bench to people watch and see if I could get any candid shots. I saw a bloke in a top hat drinking a beer so I rattled off a few shots of him as he walked by. A couple of minutes later he came and stood right behind where I was sitting. He just stood there. I ate my Hotdog and then just stood up, turned round and took 5 shots in a quick burst. I said “Thanks man” and just sat down again. He was fine with it.
Once back home I was not sure whether or not to HDR those shots but after processing, I thought it fitted well with the style he had. I like the way the colour really pops, it was very in keeping with whole sort of feeling of the day.
It's not easy to HDR people, in fact it's generally never a good idea unless you don't know the subject! It was nice to get an HDR of someone.