1-7 Oct ’11
The second Rugby World Cup game to be held in Palmerston North. Sunday morning we headed in to town, complete with face paint and tee-shirts. No need for the woolly hats this time, the weather was balmy and the promised rain held off.
This time I decided I give the zoom lens a chance to redeem itself. Figuring that I already had Saturday’s shots to blog, and last weeks game photos, if the zoom didn’t work at all it wouldn’t be a huge loss.
Palmy has really got behind the teams who were assigned games in our city. The council had arranged a culture and music festival in the Square to get everyone in the mood before Sunday afternoon’s game. With a picnic lunch on board we headed in to town to see what was happening.
The Argentine team has a big following, and a whole lot of genuine Argentinians arrived in town to support their boys.F-Stop f/10 Exposure time 1/320sec ISO Speed ISO-200 Focal length 86mm
We were entertained by some murderous clownettes. (Don’t tell anyone, but I know who dunnit.)F-Stop f/10 Exposure time 1/320sec ISO-Speed ISO-200 Focal length 70mm
Again we walked to the venue through the streets, along with almost everyone else. The band played, the crowd gathered and the forecast rain held off.F-stop f/10 Exposure time 1/320sec ISO speed ISO-200 Focal length 50mm
Using the wide angle on the zoom allowed me to get a shot of the stadium in three frames, stitched together with ZoomBrowser’s stitching programme.
(Click on the picture to view full size)(3 frames stitched) F-stop f/10 Exposure time 1/320sec ISO speed ISO-200 Focal length 18mm
We Georgian supporters were totally outnumbered by the voluble Argentinians.
And though our team didn’t win we still enjoyed a great spectacle.
The zoom lens did not disgrace itself. It is doing some weird things, the image jumps around while viewing, but still seems to work when actually pressing the shutter. I wouldn’t like to try to use is for anything too detailed or important. It worked OK for snap shots.