Saturday was the next-to-last day of the Virginia State Fair, held this year at a new location. According to a lady on our tram, it had been held at the Richmond Raceway Complex “forever.” Since I haven’t lived here that long, I cannot confirm or deny her assertion, I just know it had been there at least 13 years. This year it moved to Caroline County, next to King’s Dominion theme park. Next time we go, we’ll take the back way in. What should have been no more than a 35-40 minute drive took us 1.5 hours. Ouch, the traffic!
The Richmond Photography Meetup group was holding an event at the fair and I wanted to go and take pictures. Because we got started a little late and because of the traffic, I never did find any of the group. Next time, I’ll get somebody’s cell phone number. I did see a few people with tripods/monopod, but I didn’t recognize them.
My photography was mostly trash, I was so disappointed with myself and my results. I took all my gear with me, and changed lenses frequently. My first stop was in the Arts and Crafts building to look at the quilts. It was fairly dark in there, so I put on my 50mm f/1.4 because of its low-light capabilities. But I had to sacrifice getting closeups due to the fixed focal length. I also didn’t think I needed to use my onboard flash because my shots looked ok on the tiny LCD display on my camera. But when I got home, I found that 1) they were all out of focus due to hand-holding. I know that I was paying more attention to the light meter than to the shutter speed. If I had done that, I would have seen that it was too slow for hand-holding. The solution to that would have been flash or tripod. I’m kicking myself! Will I ever learn? (Thinking back on this, I don’t remember paying attention to my ISO setting. I just checked the metadata on these pictures and my ISO was at 100! Arrrgh! I might have gotten decent shots if I’d boosted it to 400 or 800.)
So at great risk of personal humiliation, here are the pictures that I originally sent to my trash can but dug them out again because the quilts were really nice:
OK, so enough of the crappy shots, herewith are the ones I can live with:
Not great, but maybe I can learn something from this experience.