Photography at the Fair #1

Summer is the time for county and state fairs and they usually include a carnival with lots of colorful lights on the rides. To photograph them, you need a tripod to keep the camera steady during the long night exposures and a sense of adventure. You never know what type of picture the lights will draw for you!

Carnival ride at early twilight
Western Montana Fair

Keep in mind that the twilight blue of the sky makes a more pleasing backdrop for the rides than solid black. This twilight is present first in the eastern sky and later in the western sky after the sun is well below the horizon.

Learn more tips for photographing the carnival at night in my upcoming class on Night & Low Light Photography at the Fair in Missoula, Montana, starting August 6, 2019.