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Visiting the Northern California Renaissance Faire, is an assault on all the senses. There is all matter of sales people disguised as renaissance people peddling their wares and talents. You can buy almost anything from custom made blown glass vases (made while you watch), to huge turkey legs smothered in onions or get a temporary tattoo. You can rent a costume and walk about pretending to be a royal or a pirate.
Although it is fun to go once the fairs differ little after going twice. This year because we had a cousin visiting and my niece had never gone, we decided to venture out to Casa da Fruta and take trip to commercialized replica of the past.
Under a ceiling made of a gorgeous patch work of orange and yellow canvas there was a group offering, (for a fee of course), to make henna tattoos. My niece and I decided to get matching henNa tattoo( they were temporary and washed away in 2 weeks). As we waited I was mesmerized by the artist’s concentration the girl’s face in anticipation, and the afternoon light filtered by the canvas.

I thought about cloning the modern items (the water bottle in the distance, the camera) but changed my mind because the fun thing of this fair is the combination of (perceived) renaissance times mixed with modernity.

Casa da Fruta Is a great place to stop when driving long trips between the Bay Area and anywhere south, they have the best candy, fresh fruit and nuts. One very good treat they have at the fruit stand is chocolate covered sunflower seeds. The coffee at Casa de Coffee is fantastic specially if you've been driving for a while and it's windy and cold.

The light is a bit harsh on the artist but everything I did to mellow it made her face and hands look unnatural. Cropped the photo a little, adjusted contrast a bit and levels too. Resized incrementally, sharpening slightly at each step. Flatten layers and saved.

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