Photographing around the site of the 128th Annual Community Festival in North Royalton, Ohio, I had a fine time with the clear sky and beautiful morning light. Carnivals and festivals attract photographers like cotton candy attracts, well, everything; their usual photos are of rides at night but I’ve often noticed how interesting and even beautiful those same rides can be by day. I spent a good long time at the town’s square observing and shooting the scene, in the company of only a few workers. Got some nice shots around the old town as well, perhaps to be seen here later.
The morning was relatively mild and sunny and, out of curiosity, we set off for Medina to see their annual Ice Festival. We arrived fairly early with no vendors open, no demonstrations running. The town square was, however, ringed by ice sculptures. Most of the sculptures were pretty clearly business-oriented, featuring the name and logo of the sponsoring company; well done, but, well, let’s say lacking artistic purity. A minority of sponsors let beautiful creations represent them with only a name tag advertising their names. One massive work, a bench with a huge “winter” face as its back, represented the show itself. Sun back-lit many of our favorites, the clear, frosty, cut, and etched ice showing off its carved detail in shining, wet brilliance — air temperature was just enough above freezing to let the sculptures thaw a bit!
Our little town's annual festival ends with fireworks. Last year we had grandstand seats from our own balcony. This year the fireworks were moved to a new site and when the display began I had to move too! I briskly carried my tripod-mounted camera up the hill about a quarter-mile until I spied a parking area with a clear view of the air bursts. I greeted the people standing there, plunked down my tripod, and started shooting with the EOS 50D. I got many pleasing shots of the aerial display but this — oooh! ahhh! — is among my favorites. Looks a bit like subatomic particle collisions. Nice end to my weekend even if I didn't go to the festival and get cotton candy as I'd hoped. For those who may be wondering: 200mm lens, ISO 100, 3 sec., f/11.