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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:24 AM   #1
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This weekend is our local annualsummer festival. I live in a small town that might be in Southern California geographically, but is a world away otherwise. There aren't many night lights to take normally - not far from here is an area amateur astronomers use because it has relatively little light pollution. So I decided to try my hand at something other than scenics and flowers. All were taken with the DS. I used the kit or the DA50-200 lens mostly, though a couple of the night pictures were with the M 50mm 1.4, where I used aperture 1.7 or 2.0 (I find the lens a bit too soft at 1.4).

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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:26 AM   #2
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Not a toy!

Across the street an antique bike club was having a show. If you look closely, you can see me - I didn't do much for avoiding reflections, and this was a beautiful bike!
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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:28 AM   #3
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It looked like everyone was having fun on the midway rides. I really liked the lighting on this one, thought it did a good job of accenting the terrain around our little community.
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I love ferris wheels - they are fun to photograph.
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Great pictures.

Hey, ours is called the "Festival of Flight" since this is a town that exists because of the airport. It started Wednesday past and carries on until Monday. I haven't gotten any pictures yet because I am acting in a play called Earhart, about Amelia Earhart of course, that is a a part of this festival. I am posting a picture I took for the play, the aircraft is a Beech model from the 1950s but it resembles very closely the Lockheed Electra 10E that Earhart was flying when she dissappeared, the model is our "Amelia Earhart".

Hope you don't mind.
Hey, one of my shots made it into the local paper.

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Old Aug 6, 2006, 11:32 AM   #6
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Ferris wheels and the moon on a summer night. All my photos were handheld - my tripod is an old, heavy one I bought for a video camera and I don't take it far.
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I really wanted to try to get the long shutter speed effect with moving objects. This was a whirly type of thing - this is what it looked at faster shutter speed.
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Here's what it looked like with a long shutter speed. I was sitting down with my elbows braced on my legs and I used the 2 second shutter delay. I know, I should have taken this with a tripod, right?
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Now I reckon the last shot, even though it would have been sharper on a tripod, was a good effort and excellent effect.

If you used a tripod, You could have had your flash off to one side in your hand and done a manual /test release and captured the people on the ride whilst still keeping that excellent yellow cone of light. Just a suggestion.

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Our festival began Friday and concludes tonight with some nice fireworks. Our festival is called Giant Days (in honor of The Jolly Green Giant--we live in his valley). I will be leaving for the parade in a few minutes.
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