Sunday, May 29, 2011

Highland Games II

Oh, bother.

Mary's new video camera worked quite well. The guy working it - your servant - not so much. It seems there's a close-up setting and a distance setting and if you have it on the close-up setting for things away off down yonder you get a sort of underwatery look to everything. Like using a camera with cataracts. I didn't realize this until the very end of the day so all the band competition sets and a couple of demo dances are completely unwatchable. The only thing that actually came out right was the final march off at the end of massed bands on Saturday:



Nothing terribly exciting. Just your basic massed bands march off. Although a couple of the G-III bands did attempt The Black Bear, which actually sounds better on Youtube than I remember it in person.

The games continue today but I've got another commitment. If you're in the area and have a few free hours it's at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa. There are many more things to do than listen to pipe bands, and for reasons known best to themselves some people seem to prefer those other things.

There's a website here for your further education and edification.