This past week Olympia hosted Capital Lakefair. This is a fun event that has events packed into almost the entire week, there really is something for everyone, especially for photographers. All 3 of the images in this post were taken from the capital grounds which overlooks downtown Olympia, you have already seen a number of images from me from this very place, and offers a great vantage point to take some long exposure images of the carnival. Not only do you get the motion of the rides, but you also get great reflections from Capital Lake. This first image is just that. All of the images in this post were captured with my Nikon D7000, but more specifically with my Sigma 50-500 Bigma lens. I absolutely love shooting this lens at night, I don’t know if there is a lens out there that does such a great job at creating gorgeous starburst effects around lights.
One really interesting things that happens when you are shooting from a distance with a long lens is what is known as a compression effect. This is the very thing that makes a telephoto lens popular for portraits, but when taken to the extreme, it can really make objects appear much closer than they actually are. This second image is a great example of that. For this shot I was zoomed in to just under 400mm and you can clearly see the ship “Global Wisdom” in the background. That ship is a massive cargo ship that carries logs to Japan from the port in Olympia. In this image, it looks like it is moored right at the “back door” of the carnival, but in reality it was almost a mile away according to Google maps.
Finally, have some fun when you are out shooting. This third image, which actually might be my favorite of the evening, was created by simply zooming my lens while taking a shot. Give it a try, you can get very interesting results and each and every image you make this way will look different. The trick is to try a lot of different things. Zoom in on one shot, and out on the next. Try different compositions, the composition you make a more traditional image with might not be the right one when making an image like this. I made about 20 exposures to get one that I really liked, and while the rest are not worthy of sharing, IMO, they were a lot of fun capturing.