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The Florida Strawberry Festival March 06, 2014

My assistant and I set out to see what there is to photograph at the Florida Strawberry Festival held in Plant City annually.  We purchased tickets in advance for this event.  Unfortunately, it rained cats and dogs all morning.  So we got a late start heading out to their event.  The rain stopped by early afternoon so we arrived at the location around 2PM. The skies were still full of dark clouds and it looked like it was going to rain any minute.  But the Lord blessed the day and we stayed dry.  I brought two cameras with me; the Sony NEX 7 and the Canon SX210.  I usually have the SX210 with me at all times.  It is has been a very good camera for me over the past 3 years.   It is very small, lightweight so it’s a very convenient camera. This camera is a 14 megapixel and has a 14x zoom.  I am currently looking for a replacement for this camera.  I would like the replacement camera to be the same size but more megapixel and a chip larger than the 1/23.  I have started my investigations and will let you know where it leads me. 

Due to the rain, the crowds were very thin and it was windy and very gloomy.    I like fairs they are a lot of fun and I wanted the images to reflect that.  So we decided to wait for sun down to begin capturing our images.

I decided to use the SX210 because it is smaller and less obtrusive which is important when doing street photography.  But, because the crowds were so thin, street photography was out.  We then turned our attention to the midway events.  There were several rides in the midway that I thought had possibilities.  I was trying to capture the action, so I set the camera to aperture priority and stopped down to the smallest aperture. In the case of the SX210 it is f8.0. Again I was trying to be unobtrusive so I did not want to use a tripod or a mono-pod.   In order to eliminate as much shake as possible I had to make sure I was holding the camera against something solid.  Below are some of the fun images we captured.

 

Ferris Wheel

Ferris Wheel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 2

Spinning Ride 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 1

Spinning Ride 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 3

Spinning Ride 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 4

Spinning Ride 4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spinning Ride 5

Spinning Ride 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a lot of fun trying to visualize what we were going to get when we pressed the shutter.  Digital was an excellent choice for this shoot because it was difficult to visualize just what we would have to work with when the shots were processed, had we been using an analog camera.  The digital was also the best choice due to the number of shots we had to abandon.  In a lot of instances I thought I had the camera anchored but I did not and the photos were very blurry.

I think these are fun shots and when printed, matted and framed will make interesting one of a kind artwork.

 

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