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A sheep shower, a pig smile or a tasty bite are curiosities to be captured at the fair

It’s county fair season in many Kansas communities this time of year and that means there are some great photo opportunities right at your fingertips. Photographers of all ages can safely get up close to many types of animals and fun-loving events at County Fairs, making for fun photos.

Pigs in the wash pen enjoying a cool hose bath, colorful cattle lined up in the show ring, chickens with unique attitude or top knots in the chicken coop and even baby animals , like foals with a mare in the stable, are often unimportant sights that can be photographed at a county fair.

Always remember to stay away from show exhibitors when working with their animals or projects, and be as kind and discreet as possible. A photographer should never be around for attention, and the best results are obtained by hiding in the background. Taking a camera to the County Fair can be a big adventure, but being courteous and mindful of space and safety issues is of the utmost importance.

Although the usual photography tips of using third parties, taking the time to focus, etc. apply, there are a few more tips to keep in mind for getting great photographs at the fair. If any Pratt, Stafford or Kiowa County Fair photo enthusiasts get some great photos that they would like to share with the newspaper, and read this article, by all means please send these best shots to [email protected] for possible release in a feature just to come. Make sure to include as much identifying information as possible on the submitted photos.

Tips for fairground photos:

1) Get closer – it’s a lot more fun to smell the drool on a pig smile and see the sparkle in their eyes, than maybe imagine. At the fair, show animals are often herded in smaller areas than in natural areas on the farm, so find a perch next to the enclosure and adjust the focus to get as close and as possible as possible. more personal as possible.

2) Look for the action – a duck cleaning its feathers can be a more exciting and eye-catching photograph than a simple photo sitting in the corner of its pen. A faster camera trigger is needed for taking action shots, but the payoff is capturing someone avoiding a garden hose at the car wash or finding a lathered sheep owner with their project lamb. . These are the fun and memorable photos that could be taken at the fair.

3) Avoid bright background lighting – this is difficult at county fairs and there is often a large, shaded roof on top and open-air sides that are blinding in the rays of the summer sun. The trick is to get the right angle of the photograph, perhaps by perching on a railing, or zooming in close to the subject so that the bright / dark contrast in the background lighting isn’t a distraction.

4) Be creative – static exhibits (the ones inside the fairground buildings on display) are also fun to photograph and a person can experiment with different angles to create an interesting shot. Sometimes the best photo is of an individual seeing an unexpected insect at an entomology exhibit or of a child taking a big bite out of a hot dog or hamburger at the usual food stall at the fairground. county.

All fairground photos are fun, especially when shared with others!

Mildred Lasky

The author Mildred Lasky