In my recent trip to AZ, I was able to enjoy a seasonal Italian Festival that took place in Phoenix. It's one of those traveling carnivals that are brought into communities around the country that have all the typical colorful attractions that kids love. The rides, the food, the music, the games, the pets, the people.. etc., all of it is vibrantly decorated at night with wonderful lights of all colors that allure the visitors to each of the rides and attractions.. The different game attendants compete with each other to bring customers in. The kids are running around to the lines that allow them to get onto the rides. It's mayhem fun!
I only had an iphone with me to capture this. I was very happy with the results. I think the iphone makes a great capture tool. I only wished it had more manual settings to avoid the device to try and guess what you want to do.. but it still works. Once I uploaded the pics I did some minimal post processing to enhance the pictures and provide greater contrast or highlights where I thought it made sense.
This first one just captures a little of the spirit of a modern carnival. The young kids gathering to laugh and decide where they will hang out next and what they will do together. Lost of people walking around and families enjoying the fun.
How about those kids yelling while they go around those vertigo causing "go around" rides..
I love the colors once the night comes in.. the lights on each ride seem to bring the carnival to life.
As the darkness of the night comes in the more bright the lights are. A lovely effect that highlights the activity going on.
Some of the rides are crazy.. I don't know how people want to subject themselves to the punishment of several G forces pushing them around like a top.
THe colors on this next frame are awesome. I didn't do almost any post processing. And the motion blur created by tracking the moving parts of the scene created the most amazing capture. On the cart are my friend and his youngest son trying to shoot off their own iphone to capture the motion in short video. We later watched it, it was awesome!
This other one is a typical scene at a carnival. I love the merry go round. I think it almost symbolizes the entire carnival same as the ferris wheel does too.
The famous ferris wheel..
or the monkey that takes dollar bills from the audience..:-)
And finally of course the beautiful people that walk the carnivals!! Watch out!!
Look for a carnival and go have a blast!!! And take some pictures with your phone camera! :-)
Keeping it real!