Thursday, April 24, 2008

Evil Clowns

It’s that time of year again. The days are getting warmer. The trees are growing back their leaves, the grass is green and flowers are blooming everywhere. Spring is definitely here! And so is the local carnival. My son Wynn, now eleven, looks forward to it all year long. We never miss it and some years we even go twice. It’s not a big carnival, and the rides aren’t that spectacular but it’s our carnival. While I enjoy watching my son have a good time at the carnival, my motivation for taking him is not completely altruistic. I like to go there to take photographs. I try to be inconspicuous by taking only one camera and one lens, the 70-200 2.8. With this lens I can photograph colorful details of the rides and games. I can photograph people from a distance to capture them acting naturally rather than mugging for the camera. I take enough shots that at some point most of my subjects realize I’m photographing them. I smile and give them a little wave, most smile back, then continue with what they doing before they noticed they were being photographed. Once in while, someone will ask if I’m with a newspaper. I tell them I'm photographing for myself, it's a hobby. While it's not the whole truth, It is the truth. My favorite question is “Hey, am I going to be on TV?” I think it’s funny when someone confuses a still camera for a broadcast quality video camera but I guess those lines are blurring more everyday. I photographed the “Evil Clowns” last year. We’re going tomorrow night so I'll post some new carnival images in a couple of days. If you’re going, don’t forget to check your local newspaper for the two dollars off a wristband coupon. It will pay for the 1/2 gallon of gasoline you’ll need to get there and back home again!