Experimenting With Exposure
I toted my kahuna camera around all day at the State Fair for one reason and one reason only: The Midway. Or for you folks that don’t call it that back home: the carnival rides.
I don’t experiment with long exposures very often – I find it challenging, hate carrying the tripod and I’m often disappointed with the outcome. Instead of showing movement or having a beautiful glowing effect from still objects, I usually end with something that just isn’t. I prefer manipulating the depth of field to “tell the story” instead of the shutter. And I love the bokeh effect. But the State Fair was a chance to go outside my creative boundaries and try something new.
The trick was I had to have a shutter speed that was slow enough to capture the movement of the rides but fast enough to not capture the movement of this unbalanced gal. Like I said, I don’t like to carry tripods. Besides, do you know how frickin goofy I’d had looked carrying a tripod all day? Right. Abby probably would have walked 10 paces in front me. And I couldn’t have left it in the car because we didn’t have one – Officer David gave us a ride into the Fairgrounds. It pays to be friends with Abby. Anywho, I think I had success.
The composition suffered – it didn’t help that I left that 50mm slapped on there, had to zig and zag around bystanders and didn’t really take my time setting up shots – but I was more concerned with movement. And movement I got. Mission: Not Impossible.
The midway offers more than just carnival rides though – tons of carnival games. And creepy carnival workers that talk you even though you ignore them. I would hate to have that job.
Sadly, we did not spend our dimes on games as we had already spent it on cerveza. So sorry. I got priorities, you know.