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.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

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.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

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.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

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.

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Kentucky State Fair: Midway

Sadly, we did not spend our dimes on games as we had already spent it on cerveza.  So sorry.  I got priorities, you know.


~ by shutterboo on August 27, 2009.

6 Responses to “Experimenting With Exposure”

  1. Hey, these photos look great. I have the same feelings as you, usually mess with aperture instead of shutter speed (usually just get a blury image from camera shake). But these shots are fantastic.


  2. totally exhilarating!
    i’m sitting here, a 40 something, and I’m totally ready to go to the state fair — and hope to God I don’t embarrass myself!

  3. These are fantastic shots especially the first two on light. I have a Nikon D80 so will try to experiment. Went on a photography wokabaut workshop last Saturday and learnt about shutter speed and aperture etc that’s why your blog interests me. Keep it up!

  4. I’m just beginning to learn about photography. I really like all photos, but like best the 1st and 3rd shots. On this black background too, they look stunning!

  5. What great pictures!

  6. Great job!!! You got great detail in the game shots. Our fair is too dicey at night to go there w/anything you may value… which sucks because I’d love a chance to try this!

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