Last 8th of May I shot the 2007 Burning of the Ribbons Parade (lit. translation of Cortejo da Queima das Fitas, more info “here”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queima_das_Fitas). This is the 3rd year I’ve shot the parade and I’ve evolved from a Sony DSC-V1 to a mighty Canon 350D (mighty as prosumer goes… as of 2 years ago) with a Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5 attached.
The shots you see above have been edited, all of the “clean” shots are available “here @ flickr”:http://www.flickr.com/photos/tiagoafpereira/sets/72157600243538595/
* Canon 350D
* Sigma 17-70mm f2.8-4.5
* Canon EF 50mm f1.4 (just hauled it, didn’t use it)
* 2x 1GB Sandisk Ultra II CF Cards
* 430EX Canon Flash
* 8x Ansmann 2700mAh AA batteries
* Black Domke F3-X Camera Bag
Last year I only used the 350D with the 50mm f1.4 and even though it’s an excellent setup for portrait, it rendered group shots under crowded conditions nearly impossible and the lack of a proper flash meant blown backgrounds for back lit shots and shadows on peoples faces (considering a great deal of them are wearing top hats during this particular parade). Later photoshop work was required to brighten a lot of not so exposed faces…
This time though, the use of flash allowed me to have great exposures specially under tricky conditions like people with the sun on their backs. I wanted to have soft lightning on the shots so nearly all of them are taken with a bounced flash from a white card attached to the flash set to a 45 degrees of tilt or larger.
All frames were shot as JPG (not enough room to shoot RAW on this scale, but 2x 4Gb Sandisk Ultra II are now on the shopping list) with auto WB.
If you think the resolution and sharpness is far from great, you can feast your eyes on this zoomified picture instead.
I could have produced a better panorama if I hadn’t shot the pictures at 17mm, but since it was hand held it was the best choice at the time. I may just go back there and perhaps shoot it at 70mm. In which case a tripod would be very welcome.
One of the great thing of panoramas is that they can grow to pretty big resolution images. And such images are quite suitable to be printed… BIG. And that’s just what I’ve done:
==Printed ordered from FotoClix, 75cm (29.52in) by 50cm (19.68in) @ 300dpi==
==Framed at Moldura Minuto, Norte Shopping (Portugal only as far as I know)==
_Your images were shown in the Musee de l’Elysee’s exhibit We are all photographers now! in the last few days. Enclosed you will find some installation views of your images that show them in the wall._
_From the team at the Musee de l’Elysee_
p. Received a mail a couple of days ago from the “We Are All Photographers”:http://www.allphotographersnow.ch/index.php project of the Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne.
In it were 3 webcam shots of the 3 photos I submitted and that got displayed on the installation:
To inaugurate this blog/portfolio what could be better than a second place in a contest! Not much actually… except perhaps having your photos displayed on a “swiss museum”:http://www.allphotographersnow.ch/index.php, but that’s on a different post.
The winning poster will get to be the one of 2007 Oporto’s Noites da Queima, (lit. Nights of the Burning) a whole week of live concerts during Queima das Fitas (lit. Burning of the Ribbons, learn about it “here”:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queima_das_Fitas).
Anyway, “check the winner”:http://www.fap.pt/index.php?Pagb=cartaz2007&ch_site=queima out (and the 3rd place, also won by the numero uno guy), page in portuguese. And, if you’re portuguese or able to understand it, take a peek at my radio “interview”:http://jpr.icicom.up.pt/2007/02/cartaz_da_queima_2007_ja_tem_cara.html on a local radio.
And now for something completely different:
O mais curioso é que os 3 primeiros prémios foram ganhos por estudantes de engenharia… Sempre achei que dos 68 cartazes a concurso o pessoal de Belas Artes e família fosse concorrência séria. Das duas uma, ou ninguém concorreu, ou são muito fraquinhos…