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July 20, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Bright Lights, Action, Camera

Ferris Wheel and Arcades

The Dane County Fair was held this weekend. There were plenty of opportunities for night carnival shots and long exposures. I’ve never tried this kind of photography, so I was lucky to arrange to meet up with a group of Madison photographers. They were kind enough to give me some on-the-spot assistance.

Lights Action Camera

The Queen of the Midway was the ferris wheel, and I found it hard not to stop for “just one more shot” whenever we walked through the carnival rides.

Carnival in Lights

I wasn’t willing to get on this whirly ride, but I had fun shooting it as it went through its gyrations.


  1. montucky / Jul 21 2008 8:47 am

    Interesting shots, Bo. They turned out well.

  2. Robin / Jul 21 2008 8:55 am

    Fantastic shots, Bo.

  3. HeyJules / Jul 21 2008 9:28 am

    Love those first two! I wish we’d get something like that around here so I could have some fun!

  4. visuallens / Jul 21 2008 9:40 am

    Beautiful night shots

  5. Anna Surface / Jul 21 2008 11:16 am

    Wow!!!! I really like these night carnival shots. Great whirly ride shot captured in a long exposure. My favorite is the middle photo of the ferris wheel because of the colors and texture within the backdrop of night. Excellent!

  6. Marcie / Jul 21 2008 2:14 pm

    WOW! I can go to an amusement park and not feel nauseous. The colors are fantastic. Really nice!

  7. Gandalf / Jul 21 2008 2:29 pm

    I like the last one best, but they’re all very intereting. The second Ferris Wheel is pretty neat because of the concentric color circles.

  8. bookbabie / Jul 22 2008 9:05 am

    Ooh, great pics!!!

  9. Laurie / Jul 22 2008 1:19 pm

    Great shots from the carnival/fair. Very colorful and they captured the flavor very well.

  10. Gaye Johnson / Jul 23 2008 5:29 pm

    Now I can hardly wait for the carnival to come to town. I’ll be there with my camera and your great shots in mind.

  11. nicole / Jul 31 2008 12:05 am

    These are lovely – great catches!

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