First, We Wait

Last week I visited the Clark County Fair with my family. Of course I had my camera. It’s fun to capture carnival rides at night, but one challenge is including people in the shot where they’re in some sort of context with the situation, and not blurry due to long exposure.

First, We Wait
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I’d like to think that I succeeded here, capturing folks in line for a ride, with two two ferris wheels in the background.

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  1. How about a quick tip on how you achieved this?

  2. From a technical standpoint, it’s a 1/2 second exposure at f/7.1, taken with a Canon 40D at 17mm on the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 lens.

    I looked for a location with a slow (or non) moving line, that had a moving/lit ride in the background. Then I had to wait for the ride to move; I shot a few photos at different exposure settings to see which combination resulted in decent lighting of the line as well as a nice blur on the ride.

  3. Ah I see, I was wondering why there is so little blur on the picture. I am still learning my way with my camera. It is a beautiful shot of course. Thanks for your comment…

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