Staycation Portfolio: The Farm Festival
Photography, on social media, is very cyclical. Depending on the time of the year, you can expect to see a lot of the same during certain periods of time:
- In Autumn, lots of leaf-peeping images rolling through.
- When there’s a thing called a “Thunder Moon,” lots of moon photos.
- When American are allowed to go to Cuba unfettered, lots of Cuba photos.
And I get tired of seeing these photos. I can appreciate people want to go out there and shoot it, but it’s a lot of the same to me.
Now, as we’re in the dead heat of summer, I’m starting to see a lot of carnival photos in my Flickr and IG streams. That’s not a bad thing, to me, a I enjoy what these images show.
I wrote this back in 2011, and it seems to still hold for me: Carnivals and fairs are so visually interesting to me. The people, the vendors, the softening evening skies making the lights of the midway shine brighter. From the children, you can feel the excitement of a night out past bedtime, perhaps, eating cotton candy and riding rides. From the teens, you can feel the expectancy of seeing that guy or gal you’ve had your eye on all summer, the warm evening and smell of roasted peanuts acting like an intoxicant. From the parents and the older folks, you can feel that this is just a nice way to take in summer evening.
A side of life that only comes around once a year in many parts. The crowds, the tastes (Fried Pickle On A Stick!), the sounds and lights.
Last week, while on my week-long staycation, I took the kids to the Burlington County Farm Festival, about a 30-minute drive from us. As the name implies, the festival is rooted in the farming roots of the area.
Not only is the food a big thing, as usual at most county fairs, but the rides are a big draw too. And my kids wanted to take full advantage of any thing that wobbled, flew or spun. Me, I stayed firmly rooted on the ground and tired to see what I could get with my Fuji X100T in the time it would take for the ride to start to when it ended.
The Fuji did a nice job. Once again, the color tones amazed me. I was going to shoot B&W, bu the evening sky, the “blue hour,” and the colorful lights in general moved me back to the color format.
Whenever I’m shooting a carnival like this, I’m always cognizant that the shots will never be a fantastic as what David Bowman shoots. He’s the master of this genre, to me.
And, because I’m with my kids, trying to keep a eye in all directions, I’m shooting handheld. Might get some better/sharper images if I used my tripod. I’m not making excuses, just filling in the facts.
Still, I’m happy with what the Fuji gave me. Best of all, the kids had a great time. As we hiked across the dusty parking lot on that warm night, I was happy I got some nice images, and that, hopefully, I made some memories with my kids.
Here are a few of my past “carnival” posts:
- The Church Carnival
- A Night At The Carnival
- The County Fair
- Summer Days, Summer Nights
- That Time Of Year
(c)Mark Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | 2016