Sunday, July 11, 2010

Amazing Animals Alive!

                              Click on image for a larger view.

Since we’re on the subject of composites here’s another one. The background image was shot at The Fayette County Fair in western Pennsylvania.  I grew up near there and going to the Fair was an annual ritual of summer.

I felt the need to re-connect with family members in that part of the state so I planned a visit that would coincide with the dates of the Fair. Aside from me revisiting my youth, I wanted Wynn to get a feel for a rural county fair.
Aside from the carnival with its sideshows and enough rides to make you barf your corndog, there are pig races, tractor pulls, truck pulls, motocross racing and a rodeo depending on what night of the week you decide to go. There’s also a pavilion for musical acts, we heard The Clarks, a solid rock n’ roll band from Pittsburgh. You can listen to cuts from their new album “Restless Days” on their website. I’m listening to them now as I write this.  My favorite song so far is “Midnight Rose.” Of course, you can download them on iTunes.

I originally wanted to photograph my neighbor John dressed as a carnie barker but couldn’t pull the costume together in time so I used Wynn.  I photographed him on a white background late in the evening when the sun was low in the sky to match the light of the sideshow image. I placed a white reflector on Wynn’s left side for some fill. I used the double high pass again, plus added noise for that comic book look.  Just something I need to get out of my system but I do like it on this image.

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