Week 13 – Rodeo!

I know I said I was going to make a couple of other posts about New Orleans – and I will – but last week my daughter and I went to the Rodeo and I have a few photos that I would like to share from that first.  Also, the truth is I haven’t been able to spot clean any more of the NOLA photos, or even finish developing & scanning them yet; I also still have 3 rolls from the rodeo waiting in the queue.  Anyway, more on the Crescent City next week!

Fairs & rodeos are some of my favorite things to photograph, I suppose because I have always enjoyed attending them.  A local fair is super interesting to me visually – the rides, the people, the food, and the carnival workers.  Combine that with the sounds and smells, and it’s a very pleasingly overwhelming place.  Now that I have a little girl who loves rides to bring with me, it’s even more fun.  We spent 6 hours on sunny warm Wednesday making the most of it, including stuffing down way too much popcorn and cotton candy.  Last year I photographed the same event with my Hasselblad, but this year I decided to just take the Canonet, in part because I was still a little wiped from lugging heavy gear around on my back.  I loaded my handbag with 10 rolls of Tri-X and we were good to go.

At the time, I felt a little disconnected from the photographic process.  Mainly I was participating in the day’s activities, and not looking around for decisive moments much – well, not in the same way as if I had gone there alone specifically to make photos.  When I developed the first bunch of rolls, I was pleasantly surprised.  What I present to you today are the images I made of carnival workers, specifically.  As a regular carnival attendee, I have noticed the difference in companies in terms of the people employed; sometimes, I feel like I see a bunch of men and women sitting there looking like they would rather be absolutely anywhere else on earth, and sometimes it’s the complete opposite.  Obviously this is a whole other topic and I’m completely unqualified to do any more than guess about how these companies are run.  But regardless, I always enjoy talking to the people who are running the rides, and Wednesday was no exception.    

This man told me that while he *would* ride this crazy looking thing (I forget what it was called, but it looked like the kind of ride that would make plenty of people lose their lunch) but couldn't due to back injuries, and that he used to jump out of airplanes.  (Those two things were not related.)

This man told me that while he *would* ride this crazy looking thing (I forget what it was called, but it looked like the kind of ride that would make plenty of people lose their lunch) but couldn’t due to back injuries, and that he used to jump out of airplanes. (Those two things were not related.)

7 thoughts on “Week 13 – Rodeo!

    • Wow, sorry about that. I wonder what I am doing wrong? By the way, I just realized I forgot to add my conclusion about the gear I took with me: I loved using my Canonet, but I missed my Hasselblad. It’s still my favorite way to compose & work.

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      • Not sure what you are doing wrong, but the way to fix it is to go into edit mode, click on the image, select the edit tool for the image and change the link method to media file.

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          • While you are in there, and if it is bothering you, you could also select a featured image so it shows up on the home page of 52 rolls.
            The photo edit tool also allows you to select a larger image size for display in the blog (does not effect storage space, just resizes existing upload), and/or you can centre the images if that aesthetic appeals to you.

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