We spent a day and a night at the carnival.  And even at 48 years old, I feel like a kid, wide-eyed and excited about the rides, the food, the sights, sounds, and smells.  Of course, now that I am an adult, I also get excited about the music and the, shall we say, refreshments.  While I said I get excited about the festival rides, I don’t ride them.  Sadly, my inner ear and my stomach don’t play nice anymore.  Now it’s all about the long exposure photography with lots of sparkling lights, rotating wheels, flashing neon, and happy faces.

This image is from The Sizzler.  A turning, twisting, rotating, stomach turning ride.  With my camera on a tripod, I shot this at about a 2 second exposure, but also used my pop-up flash to sort of freeze the faces of the folks enjoying the ride.  With this particular shot, while I loved the color, I felt it distracted from the wonderful flow of the blurred motion.  I also used a square crop to remove some distractions from the sides of the shot.

Thanks to the folks at St. Dominic Catholic Parish in Brookfield, Wisconsin for such a fantastic event.

Day 289 of my 365 photo a day project.

A Night at the Carnival

A Night at the Carnival

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