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Fairies! And Dinosaurs! At Versailles! - Capital Adventures
November 11th, 2013
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Fairies! And Dinosaurs! At Versailles!















Because that's the theme that all sensible 30 and 40 year-olds want for their birthday, right? Where did the dinosaurs come into it? check out the Jurassic croquembouche. I'm pretty certain that the last photo wasn't taken by me, but probably by edm.
There's a close-up of the croquembouche on the dreamstress' blog, along with, and this surprises me, a picture of me flipping the bird in a most unfairylike manner.

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From:edm
Date:November 11th, 2013 07:26 pm (UTC)

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Yes, I think the last photo is mine -- given the... active fairies, and relatively low lighting (evening party rather than photo studio, who knew?!) I'm pleased it came out at all, even if there are Things I Would Change (tm) (er, like, not cutting off the foot/dress, doing Something About That Shadow, etc).

I like the gesture and toning in the third photo -- it seems most in period. And the shadow's pattern on the water is very magical.

Ewen

PS: Said photo on the other blog also has you masking the face of the other Fairy Of Honour with your wand. So the gesture is in keeping with the other actions :-)
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 11th, 2013 08:21 pm (UTC)

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I am a terrrrible fairy :D.

I did notice that you were using the flash - Needs must when the devil drives and all that, but yeah, weird shadows. As a shot it's not going to win any prizes, but as a record of the event, it's perfect. A bit like that shot of the strikers we were contemplating the other day, actually.




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From:edm
Date:November 11th, 2013 08:29 pm (UTC)

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Yes, on-camera-flash (especially from the side -- ick) was very much an "of necessity" thing rather than a creative option. The shutter times at f/2.8 were heading towards "measure with a stop watch" territory, and even if that lens had acknowledged the existence of anything faster than f/2.8 the depth of field was already painfully shallow...

Compromise is hard!

Ewen
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From:dianavilliers
Date:November 11th, 2013 08:58 pm (UTC)

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Yes and you didn't know that I had our favorite 50mm f/1.8 in the bag. Which would have had an even shallower DoF, and you would have had to just about plaster yourself against the opposite wall to get the same field of view. Oh well.

Faster sensors, that's what we need!
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From:edm
Date:November 12th, 2013 01:53 am (UTC)

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For... less than the price of a new car, you can have a camera right now that is perfectly clean to ISO 6400, and acceptable to around 12800 or 25600. (IIRC yours would do 1600, but I chose to leave it at the 800 it was set at because that seemed about the sensible limit for that model; I rarely take mine above 800, and it's a model or two newer than yours.)

The irony is that a (vaguely!) period appropriate camera would have had film that was ISO 10 or maybe ISO 25. So in hindsight we totally should have made them pose in Period Poses :-) (Somewhere there's a video demonstration/interview with someone who built a truck-sized Tintype camera. Exposure is... literally timed with a stopwatch.)

Ewen
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From:sarahdotcom
Date:November 19th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
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