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Checking His Lance - Post #800

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 16 June 2011 in Lifestyle & Culture.

Post #800 without missing a day!

Jousting tournaments were usually held on a field in close proximity to a castle called the 'Lists'. "To be in the lists" meant to be competing in the tournament. People would view the jousting and other events from the battlements of the castle or sit alongside the Jousting tournament field. A grandstand, called a Berfrois, was built a full story above the level of the lists. This grandstand housed the ladies and other noble spectators. Pavilions were erected around the area of the jousting tournaments.

** A series from the 31st annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival in North Texas.

NIKON D5000 1/1600 second F/8.0 ISO 400 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

skarlet from kerman, Iran

great capture!well done

16 Jun 2011 6:48am

@skarlet: Thanks, Skarlet.

J.R. from Ginowan, Japan

What happened tom his helmet? Not the same gut from yesterday with a broken lance or did he get a new one? Questions, questions, and more questions.

16 Jun 2011 7:35am

@J.R.: There were several individual skill events before the actual jousting. They did not wear the helmets for those. I am not posting in the same order they were shot. There were several different knights, wearing different colors. In the joust, if their lance was broken, the squire was ready with a new one. Any questions? ;-)

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Nice action shot, well done !

16 Jun 2011 8:55am

@DowsherVision: Thank you!

Twojays from Southwest Montana, United States

Enjoying reading your accompanying story. This is a beautiful capture. I can't help but just sit and ponder that time in history, (and how cute that knight is...) trying to relate it to modern times. We still run at each other in sports, but how dull in comparison, without the romance, chivalry and real risk. Overly aggressive sports don't attract me, I wonder that maybe they are a throwback to these times. And, what is in our DNA that makes it such a long running habit.

16 Jun 2011 12:41pm

@Twojays: Thanks, Joyce. I too am fascinated with that time in history. I guess that is why I love all of the King Author movies and books.

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Congratulations on your 800th posting Barbara! This warrior seems to be saluting your accomplishment! ;-)

16 Jun 2011 1:03pm

@Eric Cousineau: Thanks, Eric. Sometimes when I get really busy, I think of taking a break, so so far I keep plugging along. ;-) I seem to have a never ending supply of photos and am always shooting more.

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Yes, that point looks sharp enough for another joust!

16 Jun 2011 1:59pm

@Curly: Or, at least another apple? ;-)

Candais from Lisieux, Canada

Congratulations on your 800th! That is a great accomplishment! This is a wonderful series. What a fun event to go to.

16 Jun 2011 2:40pm

@Candais: Thanks, Candais. Sometimes I think I'll take a break, but then I find something else to shoot and keep posting. Glad you like the series. This event has gone on for years each spring, but for some reason we had never gone. I'm sure we will try to go again next year.

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

This is a great series...You got so many wonderful shots. And Congrats on post #800, Wow!

16 Jun 2011 6:05pm

@Tracy: I'm glad you like the series, Tracy. Thanks! Yes, 800 was hard for me to believe too. Just when I think I'll take a break, we go somewhere worth shooting, and on I go. ;-)

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

The #s do add up, don't they ... congratulations!
Another wonderful shot ... with colorful people in the 'gallery'.

16 Jun 2011 8:53pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: Don't think I'll ever catch up with you! ;-) Thanks, glad you like the shot.

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A super action shot. Well captured.

17 Jun 2011 11:14am

@Laurette: Thanks so much.

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

Lovely capture...concentration in facial expression is right on...

20 Jun 2011 7:11am

NIKON D5000
1/1600 second
F/8.0
ISO 400
82 mm (35mm equiv.)