Tulare County Fair Amusement Rides

When I go to the fair, the camera tags along too just in case some interesting photo images come up.  Several years ago I stumbled across some 4H High School kids I knew from church and youth soccer bringing their animals into the judging arena.  I think they appreciated getting images of their project animals looking their best.  Although in my mind it would be bitter-sweet knowing the critters went into someone’s freezer locker not long afterwards.  I know I would get too attached to the animals as pets.

Last year tried to hand hold the camera while shooting the amusement rides in the dark.  Since I knew it would be shaky and blurry, I tried zooming the lens for different effects.  Here is an example.

Photo Shot Hand Held and zoomed – 2009 Tulare County Fair

More hand held images from last year here:   Tulare County Fair 2009

This year lugged around a tripod to see what images could be made.  Felt kind of conspicuous carrying around the extra gear. I liked the cleaner lines I got with the tripod. Here is an example of the results.

Ferris Wheel captured on Tripod at 2.5 seconds, f22 ISO 200.

Zoomed some others hoping for smoother zooms than the hand held ones last year.

This zoomed image doesn’t look much better compared to last year’s hand held even though shot on a tripod.  Zoomed lines are a little straighter but not something noticed unless looking for it.

I tried to capture the thrill of the free-fall drop on this ride.  Not sure anyone would know what is happening without being there to see it before hand.

No Flash used – Short exposure

2.5 Second Exposure using Rear Sync Flash

More images here:  Tulare County Fair 2010

After eating that delicious fair food, not sure I would feel so good riding all those spinning and dropping rides.  Guess I’m getting old enough to enjoy watching.

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About Ron Ludekens

God created a marvelous world full of wonderful sights and people. He is the Creator and it is His Palette of beauty that Ron Ludekens tries to capture as photographic images. Images of nature or images of people and their lives - both reflect the handiwork of the Creator. Ron is a photographer living in Visalia, California - part of the great Central Valley. He is immediately surrounded by agriculture and all the hard working people that feed our world. A short distance away are the grand Sierra Nevada mountains, impressive National Parks and, wider still, the vast diversity that California has to offer. Ron is one of the family owners of the L.E. Cooke Co Wholesale Nursery - a leader in the horticulture industry of North America. Even on the job, his camera is always near by. His photos for the nursery trade have been published in print and around the websites of nurseries across America. Ron is also a leader in his church and its missions. Ron's photography has been a resource the church uses in its communications and message. Plus photos of all the fun things we do are shared among members and friends. Ron also loves capturing precious moments in lives of people. Weddings, senior portraits, graduations, family gatherings, maternity and special events. Ron will not shoot more than four weddings a year to provide the attention to detail and followup that is required for such an important milestone event in the lives of the couple. Ron can be reached at 559-732-7165 or cell 559-967-5370.
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