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Big Wheel [Fine Art Friday]

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.

photo of los angeles ferris wheel with sun flare by durham fine art, lifestyle, and music photographer, Leigh Ann Hines.

 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

To purchase this print, visit the Fine Art Print Shop.

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  • August 31, 2012 - 10:06 am

    Judy New - GORGEOUS! I’m in love with the colors.

  • August 31, 2012 - 10:28 am

    Sara - This shot is stunning. Your processing is perfect. I’m not normally a texture person but I love the texture you used. It blends so well with the colors and sun flare. Great work.

  • August 31, 2012 - 11:59 am

    Kay Pickens - Love this. I’m a bit addicted to ferris wheel photos myself! I really like the proccessing you did on this one!

  • August 31, 2012 - 12:42 pm

    laura - I love ferris wheel shots – and the vintage feel makes this so much more like art than just photography.

  • August 31, 2012 - 1:11 pm

    Terri Donnel - Love this image and the thought of doing a series. How many other ferris wheels have you shot? It might make a nice show at the downtown gallery for spring 2013 or fall 2013 to correspond with the state fair. I’d like to see your other images that would make up a series. We can talk, but please put together the ferris wheel series and we’ll discuss the schedule.

  • August 31, 2012 - 1:16 pm

    Britt Anderson - Something about a Ferris Wheel, it is so cool to watch…the colors, the circles, the lines…great job

  • August 31, 2012 - 5:00 pm

    Vix - <3<3<3 I love ferris wheels! Now you have me thinking of changing our direction for the artwork and doing something related to ferris wheels. This would be an awesome cover. My wheels are spinning wildly. Expect a crazy email soon 😀

  • August 31, 2012 - 5:15 pm

    Tracy - This is gorgeous! I mean really really gorgeous. I love the choice that you made in processing. It just really sets the mood.

  • August 31, 2012 - 7:41 pm

    Bennett - Perfect. I can’t get on one but I’m mesmerized by ferris wheels. This is truly beautiful work.

  • September 1, 2012 - 8:27 pm

    Sharon Gartrell - Gorgeous composition. I think I agree that I really enjoy the color version here.

  • September 1, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    John J - Very nice.

  • September 3, 2012 - 10:24 am

    Lucy Admar - ooooooooooo I know that wheel! But my pictures of it have never ever been as gorgeous as this! Wow. Well done. I love it!

  • September 5, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Vivian - Beautiful

  • September 7, 2012 - 11:24 pm

    Amy Shertzer - This is perfect! Love the aspect, the lines, the color, texture and processing. Just perfect!

  • September 8, 2012 - 7:59 am

    Patricia - This is beautiful. I’m so anxious for the print!!!!! Thank you for spending so much time walking me through my choices.

  • September 13, 2012 - 1:53 pm

    Heather - Gorgeous photo-I love ferris wheels too but have only done night time shots of them now I want to try some during the day. Everything about the shot is perfection- composition, lighting, processing…

  • September 28, 2012 - 6:05 am

    London [Durham Fine Art] - […] 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 Sharon Gartrell, Fort Worth Photographer, 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 an old ferris wheel in Southern California, click here […]

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