One Evening At The County Fair

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It’s been a hot, dry, dusty summer in New Jersey. Days of humidity on end are punctuated by yet another hot day, with heat waves shimmering up from the pavement and the grass as yellow and dry as Lady Gaga’s hair. Now, summer is in it’s third trimester though it doesn’t seem to be budging yet. I’m fine with that.

As usual, and even more so, the Middlesex County Fair is a hot, dusty event held in a big open space. It’s the big event of the summer for the township that holds it (in this case, East Brunswick, NJ) and, with nice weather, could be a financial boon for the county and community. Older people and families go to walk around, play the games of chance and eat greasy food (Fried Oreos, anyone?). Kids go to eat greasy food, play games of chance and hope to steal a kiss out behind the Tilt-A-Whirl. There’s usually a 4-H exhibit too, though we didn’t even get to it this year. Too many rides to go on.

When I went there with my family late last week, I had an idea of how I wanted to capture the fair this year. Last year I did images and a slideshow with a lot of bright colors. This year, I wanted to be a bit more stark, a bit more contemplative with it, focusing on the people and scenes that make up the fair on a given evening. So here’s the multimedia photo slideshow I put together of that one evening…at the county fair.

(See it in a bigger video player here.)

I shot wide open most of the time, neither cropping in the camera or in post for most of these. Tried to pick out the shadows and light to. Then, using Nik Silver Efex Pro, I created an original preset (now called County Fair1 – creative eh?) to use when converting these images to B&W. Not too dark (but a little), not too much structure (but some), a bit of vignetting. I had never created a preset before and this was a great time-saver while I was doing the editing. I do like how a number of these came out though I did leave out some frames so that the slideshow didn’t get too long. Might post those outtakes at some point.

The fair is a target-rich environment, though, and it was fun to shoot these images while there…and also while hanging out with my family on a warm summer evening, going on rides with Liv and her cousin/my niece, and sampling the sausage and peppers. Good times.

We had Chase with us too and he kept my wife busy, so I didn’t get to steal any kisses behind the Tilt-A-Whirl.

Maybe next year.

© Mark V. Krajnak 2010 | JerseyStyle Photography | All rights Reserved
Unless otherwise noted, images captured with a Canon 50D, SanDisk digital film, finished with PS2 or PSE6 and Nik Software. Slideshow compiled in Microsoft Picture Story3

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24 thoughts on “One Evening At The County Fair

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  2. GREAT slideshow! I grew up attending our local fair and it was always a treat. Unfortunately, it has went downhill since I was a child and is no longer a large as it once was. The rides have been cut by at least a half and the entertainment is low on the scale as well. We need a county fair makeover! Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

  3. I love the photos and that you took them of your county fair. The memories of going to fairs with my family definitely stick with me and there’s a lot of interesting food (I got to fairs mainly to try out their corn on the cob) and fun times. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Pingback: A Fair Sunday | JerseyStyle Photography

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