It’s that time of year when I like to visit the county fair grounds the day after the fair ends. I try to get there every year to see if I can outdo myself (I never do) and if there is anything different from the previous year (doesn’t seem to be). I can easily walk around and photograph the various vintage looking rides at my own leisure and try new angles and viewpoints. The tear down process is always a little slow to get under way and the rides are usually still set up when I get there. This year I even came across a fellow photographer with the same idea. Yeah, I know, it’s scary when I come across someone thinking like me. 😉
I was always drawn to the colors in years past but last year I tried a few shots in black and white and liked the results so much I pretty much do all of them in black and white. Adds to the vintage appeal, I guess. Plus I was again blessed with dark cloudy skies which always enhance the drama of the images. While driving there I was afraid the clouds would clear up and the sun would come out by the time I arrived but fortunately that didn’t happen.
Sticking with the wide-angle lens I talked about last post I tried my hand at some different viewpoints to bring out the best of the lens. It certainly didn’t disappoint in sharpness and I tried to avoid any straight lines so I wouldn’t have to worry about or correct any distortion. Whatever distortion that was there only enhanced the images, in my opinion.
Here is a small sampling and I’ll try to throw a few more up in a few days after I get through processing.