Since 1933, the city of Adelaide in South Australia has held an annual Christmas pageant. Despite South Australia being my home state, I had no idea that it is the largest event of its type in the world ! I know that it takes a lot of volunteers to run it, and requires a great deal of organisation, but its international standing evaded me until just a few minutes ago. One learns something every day !

We decided to brave the crowds and the cars this year, and I took the opportunity to make a few photos. For those technically inclined, gear was pared down to my Olympus OMD EM5 with an old Russian 50mm f2 Jupiter 8 lens. With the lens having an M39 mount, the requisite adapter for my Micro 4/3 mount was nice and thin, so the whole setup was light and easy to carry.

My camera settings were calibrated like so: Vivid photo setting (for a festive and colourful event, likely a good choice, and also combats the slightly lower contrast of the Jupiter lens), Sharpness at -1 and Noise Reduction set to low (Olympus produce very nice JPG images, but the software has a tendency to over smooth), focus set to 7 metres and Aperture manually set to 5.6 most of the time (with my fixed position, I’d already found that having the focus set to 7 metres and the aperture set to 5.6 created a large enough depth of field to get all of the floats in sharp focus), Exposure Compensation at +1 stop in order to compensate for the strong morning sun backlighting the scene and also to lighten the shadows (using film cameras has certainly widened my appreciation of certain useful settings on digital cameras).

Whilst some of the highlights are clearly blown out, I don’t mind. The look I was going for at the time was light and bright, so it works for me. Philosophically, I have no specific issue with blown highlights anyway. It’s just another look in my book.

The following JPGs are straight out of the camera, without further processing:

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

 Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

 Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Adelaide Christmas pageant 2015

Father Christmas

Father Christmas

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