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I love to attend special events! I love them! I love them for the color, excitement and characters. Yes, I always look for interesting characters like the one shown here. I will walk up to them, talk to them, schmooze them, ask questions in order to build a bit of rapport. I ask for permission to photograph them. Nine times out of 10 they will be happy to let me photograph them. Taking my cameras to events make for great fun!
For this image I selected f/5.6, which is pretty much wide open on the Nikkor 18-200mm zoom. Shooting wide open and moving in close eliminated the background clutter. I set the zoom on 48mm to get really close. The camera selected 1/640th, which is plenty fast and let me shoot at ISO 200.
I took several images but this is the one that I think gave the best result in creating an interesting image with visual impact. Of course I always shoot in aperture priority mode. The camera manufacturers and rank beginners can have all the other modes, aperture priority does the job for me.
This is another colorful and interesting image that catches the eye. All that color just begs to be photographed.
I set the aperture to f/5.0 because clouds had moved in, making for a darker scene with no shadows. Kinda flat. I thought the lady’s great smile and the colorful background would make for a fine image. I backed away from the lady in order to get her and the background in sharp focus. On a brighter day I would have shot at f/9 or f/10 but as it was, the camera selected a shutter speed of 1/125th of a second and I did not want to go slower than that. I could have raised the ISO to 400 or 800 but when I looked at the picture in the LCD, I decided I had what I wanted.
This lady had such a great smile I really wanted to do a close up portrait. I set the lens on 200mm, giving me a narrow depth of field, the camera chose 1/125th for the shutter speed and I still had the camera set on ISO 200. That gave me a sharp portrait with the background blurred. Some photographers set the ISO on Auto, but I don’t trust cameras that much and prefer to set the ISO manually. I usually don’t have to make any changes because on an outdoor event like this the light does not vary that much.
The Harris’ Hawk was easy shooting. No need to build a rapport. Just shove all the other tourists aside and get close.
I used f/5.6 with the lens set on 150mm. The hawk was in the shade so the camera selected 1/100 for the shutter speed.
Merlin was a different matter. I spotted him walking past me and snapped this picture. This is the only image I got because he went into a trailer.
I have a lot of fun at these kinds of events because of all the color, people and happenings.
Go out and try shooting an event. You will love it!
Don’t be shy, build a rapport with your subject and get some great photographs.
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