a trip to the fair {tough indoor lighting}

For those curious about the Christmas Catalog yesterday it is from Samaritan’s Purse. You can request a copy from their site. There are numerous other organizations that do similar things at Christmas and year round.


It is funny how perspective changes with time…or with more kids. My youngest two are 2 & 3 years old and I took them to the fair last week. There is NO WAY I would have gone to the fair by myself with my older two when they were 2 & 4. I remember after my second was born feeling like I couldn’t do anything with the boys. Going to the store, let alone the fair, with two kids was like mission impossible. These days, going to the fair with 4 kids on my own is something I’d never try, but just two of them…we had a great time. I wonder if Michelle Duggar feels like taking 10 to the fair is easy peasy, but not all 19?


Several of you have asked about what lens I use the most, it is my Canon 24-70mm f/2.8. It is not a cheap lens by any means, but it gives me the f/2.8 setting and has a great range (wide & portrait). It is not my favorite lens (my 85mm is), but it is the most practical in terms of not changing out my lenses all the time. It is the lens I used for these fair shots.

If you notice the different colors of the sky, the first one was taken through my tinted window (in a traffic standstill trying to get in the parking lot). The second was in open air. Donut Burger – there are so many things wrong with that.

70mm, ISO 100, 1/640, f/2.8………………70mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.0

All the animal pictures below were taken in terrible lighting with no flash. You can tell by my ISO settings that it was not great lighting. Also, if you watch how the ISO changes you can tell when I am closer to the open doors (lower ISO – more light) and when I am further back in the barn (higher ISO – less light).

24mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.8

43mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.8 ….34mm, ISO 800, 1/125, f/2.8

I feel like the photo below needs some kind of caption, but it just isn’t coming to me!

27mm, ISO 1000, 1/125, f/2.8


27mm, ISO 640, 1/125, f/2.8

27mm, ISO 640, 1/125, f/2.8 both

27mm, ISO 100, 1/320, f/8.0 –  see the little spots in the sky? That is dust on my sensor, I need to clean it.

We treated ourselves to popcorn and a cherry limeade. I don’t really do fair food…1. I’m too cheap. 2. It grosses me out.

34mm, ISO 100, 1/1000, f/2.8

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