A night at the fair


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 2.5 sec. @ f/22. ISO: 100)


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm @ 17mm. Exposure: 10 sec. @ f/22. ISO: 100)


(Camera: Nikon D300. Lens: Nikkor 17-55mm. Exposure: 10 sec. @ f8. ISO: 100)

The bright glow of the midway and the flashing lights of the carnival rides make any fair come alive at night. The main method used to capture that nighttime excitement is to set the camera on a tripod and use time exposures. The warm, colorful lights become bold and imaginative streaks when using long exposures.


Sharon McLemore of Stockton won 1st place in the Open color/motion category of the 2009 San Joaquin County Fair Photography Show with her picture titled: “Lights in Motion.”

If you always wanted to shoot such photos you can have an opportunity on Friday, June 26 at the San Joaquin County Fair.  For the 10th year, the Stockton Camera Club will be holding its Carnival Lights Workshop at the fairgrounds in Stockton. They’ll meet at the northeast corner inside Building 4 where the club has set up its booth at about 8:00 p.m and will go out to shoot at about 8:30 p.m. to capture the “blue hour” where the sky still has that rich indigo color. The club’s Sharon McLemore says “There is no required skill level, the process is pretty simple and even a beginner can get good results.” Just bring a camera and a sturdy tripod (a must for the long time exposures). So go out, take some pictures and have some fun.

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