When everyone filed into the big Ballroom for the final event of OSCON 2004, some may have wondered why the stage was covered in plastic. Well, Dan Sugalski had lost a bet to Guido van Rossum that Python will run faster on Parrot, and it was time for payback — in the form of a cream pie right in the ole kisser. And just for good measure, Dan agreed to take a second pie as part of a fund raising endeavor.
I captured the whole sequence using a Canon 10D digital camera. For those of you interested in specs, I attached a 50mm f-1.7 lens and set it wide open. I then set the ISO to 800 and the white balance to “auto.” These settings enabled me to shoot with existing light in burst mode without being slowed down by a flash that never recycles fast enough. Thanks to decent stage lighting, I was able to fire away at 1/125th of a second, allowing me to freeze the action as it took place.
If you want to see how Dan got creamed, you can check-out the series here.