We headed down the the Maryland Renaissance Festival with our friend Lynn again today (and we'll probably go for a while tomorrow as well). This weekend's special performances were by the Mediaeval Baebes, an absolutely amazing group from the UK. I recorded just one of their songs today... [embedplusvideo height="335" width="580" editlink="http://bit.ly/16KkkW2" standard="http://www.youtube.com/v/au30SW5C8EE?fs=1" vars="ytid=au30SW5C8EE&width=580&height=335&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=¬es=" id="ep2342" /]
And, here are a few pictures from today. Once again, everything was shot with the Fujifilm X10.
We also paid another visit to R.E. Piland Goldsmiths, a fine jeweler who has had a shop at the Festival for as long as I can remember, with an eye to finally get our permanent wedding bands. I think we've just about made up our minds which ones we want. All I'll say for now is that the rings are from their Silver Celtic Wedding Bands collection. There will be pictures once we get the new rings sometime in the next few weeks. We will be looking into getting Donna's diamond reset as well.
Due to other commitments, we won't be back at the Festival until the weekend of September 21.
On a "photo-geek" note, I took all the pictures yesterday and today with the old Maxxum 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. I'm pretty sure I'll be sticking with the Minolta (and Sigma) lenses when I use the SLR through the rest of the Festival run. As old as the Maxxum lenses are, they're sharper and faster than the more convenient Tamron 18-270mm all-in-one lens. Furthermore, I really prefer the way these old lenses render colors -- I spend far less time "fixing" in post processing, and can concentrate more on "creating" instead.
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