On Saturday, January 18, the Trinity Arts Photo Club held its first field trip of 2014 at the Fort Worth Stock Show to take in the sights and capture a few images while doing so. If you like anything that is Western, this is the place to be in January in Fort Worth. The weather was fabulous too.
After collecting ourselves, we started in the livestock exhibition buildings, wandering among sheep, cows, steer, horses and pigeons. Yes, pigeons. We had opportunities to photograph the owners grooming and cleaning their animals as well as putting some of them (generally horses) through their paces. I never knew that the animal fashionistas used industrial sized hair dryers to groom their beasts at an event like this, but they do. Since the livestock are in buildings, some with windows and some without, we were presented with various lighting challenges, depending on which building we were in.
After taking images from every imaginable angle of occupants in the livestock buildings, we made our way out to the Midway, where children of all ages were riding rides, playing carnival games and eating food that rots your teeth. But no…even on such a beautiful day, the crowd on the midway was sparse, making is tougher to photograph the various rides in motion…since they were often not in motion. But we gave it the old college try, and made the best of it under the circumstances, getting some nice images in the process as you see below. Tripods were an absolute necessity for sharp shots, especially after the sun went down. They also allowed for long exposure images of the spinning rides creating blurs and bringing the lights to life in the process.
Overall, it was a great first event for all that attended and we hope to see many more club members at future events.