I dropped off Mike at work today and headed over to The Burnaby Village Museum – it’s a cute little frontier town? Well, maybe not frontier, but what Burnaby was like in the 1920s. It’s a smaller version of Heritage Park in Calgary, or if you’re my buddy’s daughter, she thought it was called Heretic Park. Heh. I’d hate to visit Heretic Park – all that burning flesh? Blech.
ANYWAY, The Burnaby Village Museum is very cute and has this amazing restored Merry-Go-Round on the premises – it’s very well-lit in there – which comes in very handy when you’re shooting in manual mode. That was a lucky break for me. The Lensbaby only works on a Nikon in manual mode, so I had to make myself check the shutter speed and all sorts of technical stuff that I don’t really think about when I use my favourite mode – aperture mode (AKA semi-automatic mode). However, I did get the hang of it pretty quickly only because of my use of the toy cameras recently. It’s a transferable skill!
I figured the carousel horses would be a good subject with my new funky lens. It makes awesome bokeh and it makes it look like the horses were moving. But here’s the thing – I only took 1 shot where the horses were actually moving. Can you figure out which one?
I didn’t realize until I started taking these photos all the details in the horses’ faces. They look as though they are really racing and working hard.
I took photos when the carousel wasn’t moving – in between rides. I was lucky today wasn’t too busy, so even when there were people around, it wasn’t too crowded to move around and take photos of the horses. I did try taking photos while it was spinning, but, I need to work on the old action shots in manual mode, that’s for sure. But I feel I can do it! Eventually.
This next one was my favourite horse – with the golden mane. For some reason, no one ever rode it. His back was always bare.
This is the one I took while the carousel was moving.
See? I definitely need to work on it, but, seeing a blurry photo of a kid with his mouth wide open? Not bad!
Plenty more photos of the carousel horses with bokeh and fancy blur can be seen here. Enjoy!