The last weekend of the Canadian National Exhibition should be avoided if you’re claustrophobic. I didn’t realize how busy it would be. I saw a lot of long exposure shots on the web of the CNE and I wanted to try my hand at it as well. However, dense crowds and tripods mix as well as fire and water. It’s far too easy for someone engrossed in conversation to trip on one of the tripod’s legs and send the camera crashing down…
We were able to take the below shots from behind this Ferris wheel. It was a nice out-of-the-way spot with a view of two spinning rides!
The below shot required around six to ten seconds for an exposure to capture a good rotation for the vertical spinning ride. However, the lights on the Ferris wheel would overexpose when exposed for more than four seconds. So, the game began. I would test various settings to underexpose just right while waiting for the rides to spin. I used Lightroom to recover some of the highlights but the detail was mostly lost.
What fair isn’t complete without fireworks? You have to be prepared though. It doesn’t last long.