New Photo Friday – Week 2

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Happy Friday friends and photo lovers. I’m excited to share my new photo with you today. I had another great opportunity to take pictures this week: we went to the Lorain County Fair.


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I actually picked a picture that wasn’t my favorite. I’ll be adding some of my favorites to the gallery soon (I hope), but in the mean time, I chose this one of the swing ride. It was a lovely day, but because I was working on stopping the movement of the ride, I used a 400 ISO with a shutter speed at 1/4000 sec. My aperture was 5.0. This time I was using a wider angle lens, my 18-55mm, with spot metering.

I was happy with the dynamic range I got in this picture. I have a tendency to blow out the highlights in my sky in pictures like this, but managed to capture that well. I like the sharpness. I was able to stop the action. And I really like the bold colors.

That said, I wish I wouldn’t have cut off the swings on each side. Those pull the attention off the picture. And maybe if I was higher (elevated physically, not chemically) taking the picture, I might like the perspective a little better. I also wish I would have gotten the shot with some people on the opposite chairs. They are weighted all to one side, but all of the shots I ended up with had them on the same side of the ride I was taking the picture from. I did prefer the shots from this side of the ride because of the tops of the booths opposite. I was standing in front of game booths and they didn’t have the same colorful appeal that the food booths and rides did.

What else do you think I could have done to make this picture better?

Maddee J

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Maddee knew I would use one of my fair pictures, so she chose one of fake hanging farmyard animals that she took in a cheese shop at the Oxbow Market in Napa. I have a feeling I’m going to have fun taking pictures when I go to visit Maddee! Hers was taken with her iPhone and she applied a sepia filter.

Kaye B.

Kaye sent me her photo for this week, but I want to encourage you to visit her site to see her picture. I’m trying to share the links both in the comments below and in my social media right now while the feature is still in its infancy. So I hope you’ll toddle over to Kaye’s Meanderings and Muses to see her picture. And she even used the theme for this week!

If you’ve posted a new picture this week–even if it’s not today–share your link in the comments so we can stop by and see it. And if you’re considering participating, please join in. We’d love to have you. Don’t feel you have to participate every week if you don’t want to or simply can’t. Join us when you can. We’re celebrating our love of photography, no rules, just fun!

Have a great weekend everyone!


  1. Tanya Perez says:

    Hey! I love the way you were able to capture the action of the swings, and kept the clean lines. I do agree with your assessment of the perspective angle from which you shot (There’s an odd overly oval shape to the top of the ride.) You did capture the colors; but I wished they popped more. Maybe later in the day when the lights on the ride were turned on? Or a sunset photo with the light *on* the ride?

    I love Maddee’s photo too! What might have been an overly busy shot otherwise was tempered by her use of the sepia filter; and it gave the whole scene a homey tone.

    I did put up a shot myself on my tumblr page. Like you, it’s not my favorite shot (the subject is fore-shortened) but I left it uncropped because I wanted to show what I was actually working on (creating definition.) 🙂

  2. Maddee says:

    I actually love the angle of the shot, Jen. As you can probably see from some of my photos, I like things to feel a little off kilter and if you had been higher in elevation 🙂 it would have been too even or symmetrical looking. The only disappointment to me in the shot was something you couldn’t do anything about — and that is the telephone wires in the background which distract from the wonderful long V shapes of the cables holding the swings. And I don’t think you like using filters but the colors of the ride would pop amazingly against the sky if you did. 🙂

    As for mine, I don’t usually like people in my shots but I liked it in this case because it gave life and activity to the shop.

    Tanya and Kaye, love the dog shots… of course!! Sharing photos is so fun!

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