Of all the field trips we’ve taken in the past, this was one of the most people intensive photography of them all, and just plain fun.
There were plenty of costumed performers and willing models to keep you busy all day long. I had my mind set on going in custom but at the last minute decided against it. The last time I wore a costume to one of these things was 3 years ago. I went as a wizard and wore a hat and robe that covered my whole body.
The idea was to throw everything I could into getting the perfect picture and blend in to the crowd. That day was about 100 deg. out. With the robe and a pair a levis underneath, it proved to be a miserable experience and it taught me one very important lesson.
Always check the weather before you go!
This year the temp. hovered around a comfortable 75 deg. and had me wishing I had followed through with my original costume plan. Of course I would have been the only one in our group to dress for the occasion cuz no one else seemed to be interested.
Donning a costume while photographing this type of event helps to become part of the group and opens up many more possibilities. Oh well, maybe next time.
We got an early start at 7:30 breakfast where we met up and coordinated our efforts.
After a lot of conversation on what to expect and equipment to use everyone headed out to meet up later at the park.
Parking ended up being better than I had thought and we ended up parking about a 5 min walk from gate. Once inside, the cameras came out in full force with entertainers and spectators alike all vying to be in front of the camera. What a bunch a hams.
With plenty of food and drink, it ended up being quite a fun and rewarding trip
If you haven’t been to one of these things, I highly recommend you go. Go in costume and let your hair down, that’s why this event was created. Oh, and study your old English, you’re going to need it.
This was a great way of getting to know your camera and exposing yourself to people photography. I’m sure we will be doing this again in the coming years so stay tuned.
Article and photos by Arley Clark
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