September 20, 2009
Jousting is one of the major attractions at the Renaissance Faire. It is like a sporting event with a theatrical flair. The actors dress themselves and the horses in Medieval garb and then show off their horseman skills by doing several challenges. One of the challenges is called "Riding at the Rings" which, in Medieval Times, was actually used as jousting practice, increasing the knights accuracy skills.
The idea is to ride full speed on the horse, take your lance and accurately place it through the center of a small hoop and ride off with the hoop successfully placed around the lance. The "knight" in this image makes it look easy, when in fact, it is quite difficult. Using a high shutter speed, I was able to stop the action just as the lance was entering the ring. I, of course, shot on continuous shooting mode and just prayed for something good!
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