The Fair

I always set goals of what or how I am going to shoot when going out anywhere.  We go the  State Fair every year and I wanted images that were close up and maybe a little unrecognizable right off the bat.  I did the close up part –but wasn’t so successful with the unrecognizable part.  Maybe next year.  AND I was too busy enjoying the fair and all the vendors and animals.  I managed a few images.  I shot in manual mode with auto white balance and auto focus.  I just didn’t want to bother with checking white balance because I was in and out of buildings.  I only had my 50mm f/1.4 lens with me.  We got there a little early and it was probably the only beautiful day since the fair opened.

Of course, I always am looking for photo ops for portraits.  My husband was kind enough to be my subject.  I like sidewalk or trails that are long and tree-lined.  The light was a little bright but other wise great this early in the morning.  No people to contend at this time–perfect situation.I love sun flares and will try to get one at every opportunity.  My aperture is set at F/22 which meant I had to use a pretty slow shutter speed.  Thank goodness I could shoot fast enough that I didn’t need a tripod.  I would like for the sun to have been higher in the sky to get the top of the coaster but didn’t want to wait around for that.  The trick is to get the sun positioned behind some object, a house, roller coaster, a head–something.  Then position yourself so that just a little bit of the sun shines around the object.  The small pin hole aperture and the blades of the diaphragm make the star effect.  Sun flares are great fun to play with in image.

These tables are empty now–but later in the day they will all be overflowing with people.

This guy just stole my heart.  I have never seen a crane up close and certainly none as beautiful at this one.  He was between 4-5 feet tall.  There is chicken wire between us or my camera lens might have been pecked out at this point.  He was so intense in his stare.  Couldn’t help but capture him.  A stunning bird.Every year there is a littler or two of piglets.  Sometimes they are about to be born and people wait around expectantly to see this miracle.  It is usually so crowded around the pig pen that it is hard to get a look let alone a shot.  Thankfully they weren’t all sleeping.  Both sows had large litters and both were feeding.

This little one stopped to say “I love you, Mommy!”  The mom opened  her mouth and took the head of the piglet between her teeth –what few she had–and then just nosed her away.  So funny!!

The weather is Washington was not normal this year.  We had El Nino.  That means we had a warm and wet winter and a wet spring and cool summer.  The effect of El Nino of the growing of vegetable and other plants was especially noticeable at the fair.  The vegetables were smaller and much less plentiful this year.  This pumpkin weighed just about 600 lbs whereas is years past the prize-winning pumpkin could be over 1000lbs.  The economy took it toll on the fair as well, ten-percent less fair goers and so many fewer vendors. This is an exhibit entered by a grange.  I am so glad to see these every year as this is what the fair is really about–the harvest, the animals, the homemade wares and goods.  This part gets smaller every year and it greatly saddens me.  The jelly jars here are illuminated with lights behind them.  I didn’t what to lose that in my image so I darkened the overall image a little and them I pumped up the luminosity of the reds, greens, yellows and oranges to make the jars of jelly glow.

I didn’t spend a lot of time shooting this year.  Maybe next year.  We wanted to try new things  so we reversed our route of seeing things, had a funnel cake instead of the usual scone and ate lunch at one of the vendors way out back rather than in the big food pavilion.  I am all about adventure and try to turn a trip to the store into an adventure.

Thanks for stopping by.

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About ~ ~ joanne.thomas.photographer~~

I am retired, starting a new career. I love shooting portraits. People are so fun and interesting--I try to bring out there personalities and capture them in images. Children are especially interesting little people, who love to tell you all they know and are so uninhibited. I enjoy shooting weddings to capture all the details and emotions of the day. Between photo sessions I keep shooting --to learn, to experiment--to create art. The industry is ever evolving and I want to give my clients the most exciting and lasting images, full of their love of life expressing their personality.
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One Response to The Fair

  1. Sarah says:

    Wow! I love all of them, especially the crane and the little piggies. 🙂

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