Washington State Fair

Nikon D300s: 50mm, f1.8, 1/50s

PUYALLUP, WA - The State Fair had a building full of local arts and crafts on show. Much of the work is made by talented amateurs and students. Those fancy fair blue ribbons are awarded; so fancy that I should really get a picture next time.

The composition here was too busy. I was aiming for the look of a tree in winter - by using a tight frame and shallow focus depth. I think the overall effect is much more convincing in monochrome. Since the background has no competing color, my eye easily goes to the tree.

Nikon D300s: 50mm, f4.5, 1/80s

This circular pattern made me think Death Star. The subject here was also wires and texture, so I again used monochrome to eliminate competing light and color. Even a tiny bit of color in the wrong place steals focus from the texture.

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