I’m still trying to figure out why Manassas had a CARNIVAL in the middle of a PANDEMIC. I’m not looking for an answer but to each their own. I’m still in Phase 1 because it’s not safe for me and I don’t want an unnecessary illness. Please continue to stay safe. 🙏🏾🙏🏾
In 2019 when there was a carnival in Manassas, I went out and took a few sunrise photographs. The beautiful colors as the sun began to rise gave such a cheerful backdrop for the rides. At times once the sun has risen the colors in the sky can just be blah. It turned out to be a good morning to shoot.
Moving forward to July of this year, I was going back home after I was hoping to get some interesting sunset photographs from the baseball field…but the next morning was sweet (another blog)!! As I was driving home I saw a carnival which was setup on the backside of the mall. So I made a U-turn and went back to the carnival. Besides my camera and lens I had the right accessories with me: tripod and plenty of batteries. When you drive into the mall area the road goes all the way around which gave space between and rides and the mall/mall parking. Pure luck: I was able to get a parking space right off the road and right next to Walmart. I parked, maybe walked 20 steps and setup with my back right against Walmart (no one could walk up behind me). No one was walking close to me or blocking my view.
I had so much fun! The ferris wheel was crazy cool. It just continued to change colors…and I continued to shoot, shoot, and shoot. Forever I have been reading about how to photograph carnival rides, mainly ferris wheels; the slow shutter speeds to drag the colors and the motion of the rides. Of course the readings had the photographer right inside of the carnival and up close to the rides. Even if there wasn’t a pandemic, I wasn’t going to take my gear inside to get the close photographs. My distance and was great and stayed out of everyone’s way.
Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF16-80mm F/4, R, OIS, WR lens. Edit in Capture One.
Settings: ISO 200, F/13, 1.5-2 seconds
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HAPPY SHOOTING!! 😊😊