I left work on Wednesday to join the Blandy camera club at the Clarke County Fair. I've never been to this show and was looking forward to it. It was a perfect day, warm but not hot with a brisk breeze blowing through. I always feel sorry for the animals in their pens and cages at these shows as usually they're so hot and uncomfortable but today, and actually most of their week, was going to be ideal weather for them.
I met with the group and we headed towards the tent where kids and their animals were dressed as a team for the main ring.
When I got to the end of the animal barns I realized I'd lost the others but as I was looking around I heard that the truck pull was about to start so walked over there and sat on the bleachers. I was joined by a guy called Alan who started chatting and was also an avid photographer. He was a mine of information and proceeded to give me a list of places that he knew I would love to photograph, a safari with exotic animals, an old water mill (that sounded abandoned), an abandoned old school house, an abandoned factory, and a hidden waterfall. I guess I'll have to check all of these out at some point.
I grabbed a quick ham sandwich while the other got ice creams, they'd eaten their dinner earlier.
and Bill posing like a couple of kids, and Janice struggled to contain a
huge ice cream balanced precariously on a tiny cone! But she didn't
like her photo so I took it down. Have to respect a friend's wishes. I was looking forward to photographing the rides but found that my tripod had broken. It's had to do some heavy work over the past few years so I couldn't complain, it was only a travel tripod, therefore I had to make do. It will need replacing though. It's been a long time since I've photographed carnival rides and I wanted to be a bit more 'arty' than usual. I soon got engrossed and the next time I looked around I realized I'd lost the group again. But I carried on taking photos, there was so much to see. This is a pretty big fair compared to recent ones I'd visited and I was impressed with the amount of moving colored lights.