Black and White, Everyday Life, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #3

Another Monday another round of images. Things have been keeping me busy and these posts are a nice opportunity to slow down and reflect a bit.

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More images from my recent visit to the Washington State Fair. I don’t know if I mentioned but there were lots of other photographers present. Some were obviously using photography as an adjunct to their enjoyment of the fair. Others, like the two older gentlemen with backpack, tripods, and a full kit…were also there for enjoyment, but photography was obviously paramount in their purpose. I fell into the former category. Rarely am I to be found without a camera, but except when engaged professionally it’s as an enhancement of the experience. I have a particularly abysmal memory for events and experiences (facts are quite the opposite). For me, photography also functions as a form of memento vivere that makes re-experiencing those moments easier. Or else they would be lost.

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Upcoming, I will have some street photography to feature here on the blog. For the interested, a comparison can be made between these images and my style of “true” street photography.

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So actually, that’s all there is for this series of images. Next post will be something completely different.

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Black and White, Color, Editorial, Photography

Scenes From A State Fair #2

Another set of images from the Washington State Fair. The similarities between this type of photography and street photography lie in the necessity of being constantly aware of your surroundings.

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Things are always happening with such rapidity that if you are not aware and present, always observing, you will see the shot just a second too late.

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Rides dotting the landscape provided opportunities to try to capture some sense of the experience. I toyed with the idea of using motion blur to give a sense of motion, but ultimately decided against it and tried instead to find moments of expression from the riders, all the better to give a sense of the experience.

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There will likely be a couple more posts on this topic, a few more set more firmly on terra firma.

Black and White, Color, Photography, Street Photography, things seen

Scenes From A State Fair #1

The Washington State Fair, known colloquially as the Puyallup Fair, is an annual event in the state of Washington and one of the largest state fairs in the nation.

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Traditionally, school-aged children are permitted a ticket or two to gain free entrance to the fair where they can ride any number of dizziness-inducing rides, and sample the delicious fair….fare. Elephant ears (a cinnamon encrusted pastry) and scones are legendary.

It had actually been a few years since I attended the fair and by my recollection, the fairground space used has increased over the years. Always one for a lark I did manage to find my way onto two rides; The Zipper and The Enterprise. I imagine The Enterprise was trying to avoid copyright infringement on the name…by infringing two other copyrights.

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I wrestled with taking the Fujifilm X-Pro2 or X-T2. Generally, the X-Pro2 has been my “walkaround” camera while I’ve been using the X-T2 for studio work. I would have taken the X-T2 without the battery grip, but at the last minute went with X-Pro2. I did, however, get a bit edgier (/s) by not taking the XF35mm f/2. Instead, I took the XF56mm f1.2 and XF23mm f/2. The XF56mm f1.2 is a marvel. The XF23mm f2 is a fine lens that I don’t use nearly enough.

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For the day the shooting conditions were not ideal. Cloudy and overcast, things were not helped by a miasmic haze that clung in the air due to the wildfires raging here in the Pacific Northwest.

All in all, it was a fun day and there are a few posts worth of images to prove it. State fairs are excellent opportunities for a couple of different styles of photography. Many of the skills that go into street photography and landscape photography, in terms of framing and consideration of what makes an image work, are readily applied on the fairground.