This installment of Fine Art Friday is from a series of images I took in Los Angeles. Its titled Big Wheel, and although I was photographing the Barrett-Jackson Collectible Auto Action, this wheel was not on the auction block. I think most photographers have at least one series of ferris wheel images. I have many, from wheels around the world. I love photographing them. The lines, structure, colors (although I usually do black&white), sky. There’s just something visually interesting about ferris wheels and emotionally connecting about them. Maybe its how they take me back to childhood, or maybe its that they represent fun. Or maybe its that they have been a great spot for me to take panoramic photographs of locations. Or maybe its because they’re just cool.
iso 200 f/13 1/400 Canon 1DmarkIV & Canon 24-70mm @ 24mm
This photo was taken with a semi wide angle, at 24mm. I wish I had my 16mm at the time I shot this but I had chosen to leave that lens at my hotel for this job. Ug, why is it that I always want the things I leave in my hotel when Im trying to travel light and only carry the bare minimum. I guess thats why I have a Think Tank roller bag so I can haul it all around without breaking my back. but on this occasion, I didn’t want to haul that around, and didnt need anything other than what I brought, except for this particular shot of the ferris wheel. I shot this at f/13 which enables me to get detail of the wheels as well as lovely sun flare. Often people get stuck in shooting at wide open apertures to create a dreamy background and isolate their subject, which is great. For this type of image I didnt need to isolate anything but instead wanted to have everything in nice detailed focus and I wanted a more defined flare from shooting into the sun. And yes, i kept this image in color. It was a tough choice, as I’m a black&white girl, and this image is great in black&white. But the flare is more evident in the color version and I wanted to break out of my normal black&white style a little. In the Print Shop, this image is available in Black & White for those who are interested.
I’m part of a small group of professional female photographers who are committed to exploring and showcasing their own fine art photography. You should hop over to check out the awesome Tracy Tisdale Photography ~ Pensacola, FL to check out her Fine Art showcase this month, and then complete the circle by clicking through to the link at the end. In case you missed them, you can see last months edition of Fine Art Friday featuring images of a bald eagle in Washington state, click here
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