Space Coast State Fair (At Night)

Ferris Wheel
Ferris Wheel and Jupiter

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.

Ballon Pop
Ballon Pop

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.

Ghosts on the Midway
Ghosts on the Midway

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.

Equipment mentioned in this post:

Fujinon XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR at Amazon

Fujifilm X-T2 Camera at Amazon