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Old Feb 9, 2008, 9:04 AM   #1
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I don't know if Medieval Fairs/Renissance Festivals are popular everywhere but there seem to be quite a few of them in Florida during the winter. These shots were taken at the Hoggestown Faire in Gainesville FL two weeks ago. It was my first trip to a Fair in twenty years but it certainly offered unique photo opportunities. If any of the Florida Pentaxians are interested, the Bay Area Renissance Festival runs five or six weekends in Tampa starting Feb 23rd.

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There were falconry exhibitions too. See guys, you have it all wrong. Rather than trudge around the countryside with a 500mm lens you can just have the birds delivered to you and use the 18-55 kit lens!



Living Chess (staged combat but some pretty decent acting):



Interestingly, many of the patrons were dressed more elaborately than the players:











These guys were with the Society for Creative Anachronism. They went at it full speed and for real using rattan training weapons and I am pretty sure most of them were sporting major bruises when they were finished:



Anyhow, if you see one of these in your area they are a pretty neat opportunity to take photographs.

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Old Feb 9, 2008, 9:13 AM   #2
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One more that I thought was kind of humourous:
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Wow, Tim, that is quite a series of shots! Sounds to me like Florida maybe a haven for the Rennisance! Unfortuneately, I have never been to one much less heard of one in St. Louis area but would love to attend one. There's just something about that time in history that has always interested me!

You really did a fine job of capturing the jousts & other events! Just curious, did you get the name of that patron who wasso well dressed?? It wasn't Jack Alope by chance, was it??? :G

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Fun to see how this thing spreads around the world. Since all my family are members of a real serious medieval association (except me, it's not my cup of tea)they are involved in this as actors every now and then through summer. It looks just the same in Florida, Denmark or Sweden! I'm ever amazed at the anachronisms apparent all the time, like a knight talking in the cellphone or fair maidens having a coke. Your pizza shot is unpayable.

You caught it all very well with your camera.

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Great shots Tim, we have them here too, but none that I know of in winter (-20F forcast tonight) although I go to a few in summer and the fall.

That would be -28.89 degrees Celsius for those of you outside the US.

Great color and contrast!

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Great shots Tim, we have them here too, but none that I know of in winter (-20F forcast tonight) although I go to a few in summer and the fall.

That would be -28.89 degrees Celsius for those of you outside the US.

Great color and contrast!

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We have them through out the area in the Spring and fall. (Too hot in the summer.) Very good photos...Some of these folks have fortunes tied up in their regalia.
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hey tim, i'll be shooting these at the end of april.. i do really like the birds..
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Love your shots! The one with the pizza is priceless, though I also love the jousters. There's beena jousting tournament in our area the last two years, but I haven't managed to go yet. There used to be quite a few of them (from small faires to large festivals) in SoCal, but I'm not sure they still have as many. Judging from your pictures, I should make a bigger effort to find one, just for the photo opportunities.
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Hi Tim,
great pictures. These guys on the last shot look italian, don't know why.. :-)
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Great Pictures Tim, I loved the guy with the deer headress. but all of them are very good, made me start looking to see if there were any events like that here.

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