Night photography at the Fair.


Santa’s Enchanted Forest is a seasonal fair that operates every year between Thanksgiving and the first week of January. I had only been there the first year they opened and was not terribly impressed with it. But I could see the improvements from the highway as the years passed.
Last Friday we decided to give it a try, and had our good friend Lianett Fernandez pose as our model. We took along a portable LED light, DIC, where you can regulate the brightness and temperature of the light. We are probably getting a second one. In this case, it was used hand held by us, since the place was packed with people and felt it was not safe to have the light and tripod on the way. In fact, I think we used the tripod only a couple of times, for fear of someone tripping over it.
Tripod is a SIRUI small little thing that folds under 12”, carbon fiber and Al will be writing a review on it.

NEX-7 and 50 f/1.8
f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 12,800
Creative Edit in LR and CS6
NEX-7 and 50 f/1.8
f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 12,800
Creative Edit in LR and CS6

So most of the pictures you are going to see here were hand held, al high ISOs, which was the idea, putting the NEX-7 ability to handle those once more.
While waiting for our friend, we went for pics of the rides and people riding as well as some of the performers.

NEX 7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/2.5, 1/6, ISO 100
Edited with Florabella Overlay in CS6
NEX 7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/2.5, 1/6, ISO 100
Edited with Florabella Overlay in CS6

The pictures have been edited in LR, with some presets, others with Nik Color Efex Recipes and a couple adding selective blurs in CS6.
NEX-7, 10-18 f/4 @ 16mm, f/4, 1/500, ISO 3200
Creative edit on CS6
NEX-7, 10-18 f/4 @ 16mm, f/4, 1/500, ISO 3200
Creative edit on CS6

We didn’t do too many candids because it’s kind of touchy photographing children, and the light didn’t help to take quick ones, but there are always some irresistible moments.
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @f/1.8, 1/250, ISO 1600
edited in LR and CS6
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @f/1.8, 1/250, ISO 1600
edited in LR and CS6

Needless to say, the little gem came out shinning in this adventure and can only wait for the arrival of the sister camera RX-1, but that will be another entry.
Capturing action is no news for me, but it is new in this context, and especially when there is hardly any ambient light.

NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/2000, ISO 12,800
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/2000, ISO 12,800

Sony NEX-7, Sony 50 f/1.8, f/1.8, 1/6, ISO 100, tripod mounted.
Edited in CS6 and Nik Color Efex 4
Sony NEX-7, Sony 50 f/1.8, f/1.8, 1/6, ISO 100, tripod mounted.
Edited in CS6 and Nik Color Efex 4

Contrary to what I do with DSLRs, I kept myself in Aperture value and use the very convenient live histogram to judge the needed compensation. If I wanted to blur something, lower the ISO and close the aperture. Otherwise, go for the gusto and use f/1.8. Lots of fun, experimenting unchartered territory. The joy is in the ride, not in the destination!
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 800, hh
Edited in LR and CS6 with Nik Color Efex 4
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 800, hh
Edited in LR and CS6 with Nik Color Efex 4

NEX7- Sony50f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/60 ISO 800, flash at Ev-2
Edited in LR and CS6
NEX7- Sony50f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/60 ISO 800, flash at Ev-2
Edited in LR and CS6

More to come soon, enjoy!
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8, @ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 800, flash at Ev -3
Edited in LR and CS6, two image focus stacking.
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8, @ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 800, flash at Ev -3
Edited in LR and CS6, two image focus stacking.

NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/40, ISO 3200, hh, no flash
Edited in LR and CS6, with Nik Color Efex
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/40, ISO 3200, hh, no flash
Edited in LR and CS6, with Nik Color Efex

NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 3200
Creative edit in CS6
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8 @ f/1.8, 1/4000, ISO 3200
Creative edit in CS6

NEX-7, 50 f/1.8,@ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 3200, hh, no flash
Edited in LR and CS6 with Nik Color Efex
NEX-7, 50 f/1.8,@ f/1.8, 1/60, ISO 3200, hh, no flash
Edited in LR and CS6 with Nik Color Efex

7 thoughts on “Night photography at the Fair.

  1. Fabs,
    Not knowing what to expect I opened your email…
    my initial thoughts were – EXCELLENT…
    my final thoughts are – Beyond EXCELLENT!!
    Amazing!!!
    You do great work!!!!! Congrats!!
    Best,
    Michael

  2. Thanks Fabs. I’m looking forward to Al’s review on the flash. The shots are fantastic. I played at a Lighthouse Point fair, shooting long exposures and having one person stand still, and had some fun at small children’s ferris wheel. Lot’s of fun.

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