The Cosmic Sausages

There’s a story to this photo, which I thought you might like to share. The scene is inside a large tent outside the Munster in Bern, which was erected – along with many others throughout the old city – to host “Buskers Bern“, an annual street performers’ festival in Switzerland’s capital. Friends, with whom Jo and I visited the festival, wanted to see a group called “The Cosmic Sausages” and so we tagged along. The group are a British musical combo from south London whose routine plays skilfully and entertainingly on adapting popular and well-known songs for a comedic performance.

The huge audience, stretching well outside the confines of the tent, took great delight in the group and so it was only with a great deal of difficulty that I battled quietly through the crowd to get nearer and nearer the stage. Thanks to the experienced technique of a determined freelance photographer and a very professional lens – I was using a 17-55mm f2.8 Nikkor for the evening – I managed to quietly grab the attention of one of the band members between songs and asked him to ask the band to line up after their show, to have a shot taken with the audience. They were naturally happy to join in and so the shot above – a stitched panorama of two individual images, in which the audience were egged on to whoop and holler – came out just as well as I’d hoped.

After standing by the edge of the spotlit stage in front of a couple of hundred people and getting my shot, I returned to Jo and my friends to tell them that it had been me who had set up the photo.

“I know”, said Jo. “As soon as I heard the band say what was happening, we knew it would be you.”

More shots from the evening are online in my Flickr account.

6 replies on “The Cosmic Sausages”

so i should have stayed a little longer and would have seen you. what a pity.

btw: your feed stopped working (for me) on the 8th of may, and your feedburner feed cannot be accessed with safari on os x…

This would make a good publicity shot for them.

This photo works a whole lot better on your site here than on Flickr. I noticed with my own photos posted yesterday that they looked better on my blog. Flickr seems to increase the saturation and contrasts somehow.

Yes, you’re right Graham. I’ve had several discussions over the past few years and informed consensus seems to indicate that the Flickr resizing tools automatically “improve” photos after they’re uploaded, to adjust sharpness, colour and contrast. Of course this means that many photos which have been edited more subtly are screwed over there. The resizing tool I programmed in PHP for this site – which takes a single, larger original and shrinks it automatically to the sizes needed for list views and post pages – only re-sizes; it doesn’t adjust colour, sharpness or tonal balance.

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