The other morning by pure accident I saw that we had a carnival in Manassas. Years ago when we had carnivals it was set up at the Kmart parking lot. A good spot because it was on the main highway that goes through Manassas…everyone saw it. Now they have it on the backside of the mall. If you don’t drive that way you will not see it; probably only know about it from word of mouth.

I have never made any attempt to take photographs at a carnival. You know like…to capture images of the ferris wheel or the merry-go-round at a slow shutter speed to get that super cool effect. I do know most of the time you have to get permission to set up a tripod, etc. Hey a carnival is just like anything else – make money – and they don’t want anything to interfere with that 😉

Tuesday morning I got up before sunrise to get to the carnival and setup my gear. One of the nicest sunrises I’ve seen in quite some time. It made the perfect backdrop for the rides. After I took photographs with the tripod, I walked around and took photographs through the chain fence, which made some sweet frames.

Would I like to some day to be able to go to a carnival and shoot long exposures? Yes! No doubt because it would be so much fun to create in such a way. But to create with a “almost perfect” sunrise with no one around to block your view is just as fun too. Don’t stop at Plan A, always have a Plan B.

By the way I did go back to the carnival Tuesday night. It’s small and tight fit therefore if I wanted to get permission to shoot, it just would have been too tight. There may have been some places outside of the carnival I may have been able to setup. Also looked as if the ferris wheel was having some issues so I’m not for sure what was going on. All-in-all I’m very happy with my visit at sunrise 🙂

Gear used: Fujifilm X-H1, XF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 R LM OIS lens, and MeFoto Q1 tripod.