Swirling lights of the county fair

The county fair was in town this weekend. C and I mentioned going to take pics there, but it was more like one those, “eh, maybe we’ll try to go, if we feel like it, but we probably won’t” kind of things. But that was before the second wind came sometime around 11 p.m. Then we talked it out: “Should we go?” “We can play with the camera.” “Is it still open this late?” “I kind of know how to get there.” “Let’s go.” “Oh, right now?” “Today’s the last day.”

“Ok, let’s do it.” {Insert excited girly shrieks here}.

We grabbed our shoes and camera and went to say goodbye to C’s husband, T. “You just missed it,” he said. “A shooting.” How nice. For those of you who don’t know, Stockton has a bad — like real bad — reputation. T already thinks were crazy for venturing into some neighborhoods in the name of good thrifting, but now we were going to, like, the “hood” in middle of the night. But there was promise of carnies and bright lights and a ferris wheel — oh my!

We hopped on the freeway, drove past night life that C never knew existed and eventually found the fair. Success. Most people were leaving the parking lot as we were arriving. Another success. And the rides were still spinning. Triple success.

I love carnival photos against a blue sky, but there’s something so fun and magical about fairs at night. We played around with our cameras’ exposures and just tried to stand really still for some shots. Some worked, some didn’t, but mostly it was a lot of fun.

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4 Responses to Swirling lights of the county fair

  1. Awesome shots L.! How lucky am I to have such a talented (and brave) partner in crime! Love u more than the YoYo at night~

  2. Maggie says:

    Ooo, these are way lovely. I’m glad you found those floating hamster wheels. Also, those clowns are creeps. Like real creeps.

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  4. jen howell says:

    Love, love, love!

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