Now I can check “going to the state fair” off of my bucket list! This was a very fun shoot, all of the lights at the fair makes for some fun light painting timelapses. I had only one major problem, and that was time! I had 1.5 hours to take all of the timelapses shot for this video, in all I shot 11 timelapse sequences, 2 of which didn’t work out. In these timelapses I continually changed the exposure time to capture different designs from the spinning rides. After a few timelapses I began to see that cool shapes were being drawn depending on how long my shutter was open. The ferris wheel was a great example, and given more time I would have been able to iron down the best exposure per ride.
I also was dying to take some long hyperlapses through the crazy rides, however to shoot a 10 second clip of a hyperlapse it takes a minimum of 45 minutes. with only 1.5 hours to spend at the fair I couldn’t spend it taking 2 hyperlapses.
Thoughts and What’s Next?
This will be the first time you hear me say this, but during the state fair I wish I lived in Milwaukee. There was so much potential at the grounds and being pressed by time really handicapped my creativity. If there is anything I learned during this shoot was that I cannot rush. When I was processing all of my photos I was noticing tons of little mistakes that would have been caught if I wasn’t rushing. If I want to continue to push my creativity and skill set I will need to give myself much more time.
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