I was there in 2o14 and was disappointed. The exhibits were blown up and held down with large ties. You couldn’t go in them. Yes, there was a lot of color, but the ropes and ties got in the way of photographing. I did try my had at slow shutter speed effects, and had fun doing that. But it wasn’t enough to go back.
I stayed away in 2015. However, Liz was enough to have me go back to the yearly event. It was a little better. The exhibits were smaller and not tied down as they were in 2014. Maybe they were weighted instead. They also had arches you could walk through. I tried to shoot the exhibits in an unusual way, and once again I had fun with the carnival rides.
At coffee afterwards, Liz was complaining that her photos were sort of “pedestrian,” and my comment was, “Well look at where we’re at!” I saw her images in her camera, and she did well.
For me, the fun was shooting with her and catching up. I’m so glad she sort of made me do it!
I chose to shoot a close up of the dragon’s head. I loved the colors.
This was a sweet display.
I thought these fish were cool.
I wish I could have gotten the little girl and her dad in total shadow. She was so drawn to the colors.
More archway and color.
Displays with the carnival in the background.
An abstract achieved through slow shutter speed and zooming.
The was a Christmas Tree made from lights.
A peacock with the ferris wheel in the background.
This was a zoom effect of a fairy.
This was the Star Ship Ride.
I practiced speeding up the shutter speed after shooting with it longer. The difference was tremendous in how the ride looked. This is less blurry.
This ferris wheel was shot at a very slow shutter speed.
So was this. Can you see the riders?
I don’t remember what ride got totally blurred out, but you can see the ferris wheel and carousel in the background. They are also blurry.
I really didn’t know what to expect. A lot of the photographers in the Sacramento Photographers Facebook group had gone to the Global Winter Wonderland and posted their pictures. And, it looked great from the freeway. I guess I expected more than there was.
The Global Winter Wonderland at Cal Expo (the California State Fairgrounds) was billed as a trip around the world with many countries represented. I guess I thought there would be some sort of structure representing the various countries that we could walk into. Instead, there were blow up buildings, animals, plants and a maze. From a photographer’s point of view, at least mine, it was dismal. There were several rides and fake trees had LED lighting. I wanted to try a slow shutter zooming technique that many of the group’s photographers had posted. I used the Ferris Wheel for that.
If I had brought the young grandchildren, we would have had more fun. They would have enjoyed the blow up structures and the rides. And, of course, they would have enjoyed the food. All in all, it was an experience, and I did get some practice.