“Cotton candy is a bouquet of color to the eyes, a sweet aroma to the nose, and a delightful pleasure to the palate”.”
― Reed Abbitt Moore

One of the things I missed most last fall was going to the fair.  Nothing else matches the sounds, sights, and aromas of the fair.

Last year, the South Carolina State Fair was a drive-through event that allowed people to still enjoy all of their favorite fair foods.  This year the fair was the full fair experience once again.

Photographing the fair was a bit different this year for me from previous years.  Rather than focusing on the fair in the evening, as I typically do, I chose to challenge myself with finding compositions during the daytime.

Another change was in the amount of gear that I took.  In past years, I took my camera, tripod, and as many lenses as I could fit into a leather bag since backpacks were not allowed.  This year, only see-through bags and extremely small bags were permissible.  I decided to go without a tripod and use only one lens.  This decision certainly made me less tired from lugging around so much gear.  My lens of choice was my 105 mm, one of my favorite lenses.

Here are some of the sights I was able to experience at the fair.

Snacks

Snacks

 

Standing Tall

Standing Tall

 

Bubbles

Bubbles

 

Blacksmith

Blacksmith

 

Stars of the Show

Stars of the Show

 

Sunglasses

Sunglasses

 

Umbrella

Umbrella

 

Double Take

Double Take

 

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

 

Meet Me at the Rocket

Meet Me at the Rocket

I thoroughly enjoyed my time photographing at the fair.  I look forward to going again next fall to see what I can see.  Perhaps you will meet me at the rocket next year!

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Comments (8)

  1. Fantastic! Your Mother sure left you with one of her great gifts. She lives on in your work.

    1. You are so kind, Ron! Many thanks for your kind words! She has always been such an inspiration!

  2. Very nice, Mary! Fairs are quickly disappearing it seems, yet so much fun.

    1. Thank you, Bill! I was so thankful to be able to go this year! I just found a book about the history of our fair. I look forward to reading it!

  3. I love your creativity Mary !! Wonderful images.

    1. Many thanks, Dan! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful day!

  4. Great use of color and blending Mary.

    1. Thanks, so much, Pete! I hope you are enjoying some fall rides!

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