I went outside my comfort zone this evening and visited a fair not far from my home. Tonight I went as a photographer rather than a fair goer with a camera.
Setting up a camera on a tripod in the middle of fair was not something I was comfortable with although now that I’ve done it I don’t have any clue why.
I was using the Fujifilm X-T2 and the (I’m going to say it again) fabulous XF 16-55mm 1:28 R LM WR lens.
If you are going to be shooting the fair at night I suggest getting there before it gets dark so you can get a look around and line up possible shots while you can still see. In my case the fair opened at 5pm so I had an hour to walk around before it got dark.
For the first hour I was able to shoot aperture priority with auto iso set with a max 3200 and shutter speed of 1/125 second as my limits. This got me plenty of good images. With the fairly wide angle XF 16-55mm you can get a nice sharp image at F4 with plenty of depth.
This image shot just after sunset 17mm at F4 1/125 second ISO 2000. It holds up well.
Once the sun when down I switched to ISO 200 and set the aperture to anywhere up the F22 and let the camera set the shutter speed using matrix mode for exposure. This one F5 for 1/7 second.
Also, don’t be afraid of having people in you shots even if it gets a bit ghostly. This is one of my favorite shots. Shutter speed was 5 seconds here at F11.
So get out of your comfort zone every once in a while and enjoy what you can do with your camera.
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