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Monday, July 28, 2014

A Change of Pace

Anyone who still reads this blog knows I was at a music festival this weekend. It's something that's happened here in Oregon for the past 14 years. It's called Faerieworlds. It's really a well run family-friendly folk music festival. I'm too young to have been a hippie, but I've friends we actually were. It's nothing like Hollywood would have you believe. As evidence , I have a Flicker album of the event. To whet your appetite, here's a picture from that album. Just click on it to go to the album page.

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="1400"]Faerieworlds 2014-79.jpg Completion of the festival opening Spiral Dance.[/caption]

Photography is another of my hobbies, and I enjoy it every bit as much as gaming. I took over 250 photographs at the event with my Canon EOS 60D with 18-200 mm telephoto lens. When I go to events like this, I set photography goals for what I want to practice. This time I wanted to concentrate on capturing the emotions of joy and happiness. I also wanted to restrict myself to manual focus, which I did at least 75% of the time. I also sometimes find there are challenges not to be missed, such as with the soap-bubble photos I took. The auto-focus does not really work on soap bubbles, so every single shot is a manual focus. Oh, and they don't last very long so you have to be quick. It was great practice and fun too!

Of the bands that played the festival (Tierro, Martine Kraft, Omnia, S.J. Tucker, The Wicker Men, Sea Stars, Zirp, Woodland, Brother, Kytami, Sharon Knight, The Music of Kan'nal,) I think I liked Zirp (site in German) the best. Their Drehleier folk music is a compelling fusion of old, sometimes medieval old, and modern. It was fantastic! You can listen to it on their website. The band flew in all the way from Germany; their first U.S. gig ever. They seemed to have a great time, and we did too. I left the festival with their CD Drehvolution in my bag. WOOT!

So that's what I did this weekend. And yes, I'm too tired to play computer games. That's why you got this post instead. Ha ha! :P But to tell truth, you'll probably see more of these sorts of posts - from time to time. Gaming may be what I do, but it's not all I do. :)

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