The Ex is the Canadian National Exhibition, the CNE, and is one of Ontario’s greatest traditions that has been in operation in Toronto since 1879. The CNE runs for 18 days culminating on Labour day and is full of vendors selling wares from across Ontario. There is a huge fairground with roller coasters, a water slide and other mechanical devices that want to shoot you into oblivion or spin you round faster than you have ever been before. It is also a place for sampling weird and wonderful foods that smell incredible. This is the perfect place for a photography workshop.
I met Parm from Planet Blue Adventure, Sameer and Chanchal on a hot summer evening to walk, talk photography and enjoy what was on offer. It was very busy, challenging us and giving us more to work around. The atmosphere was great and the temperature was high. We were all pleased to be playing with our cameras and sharing our knowledge with one another.
We talked about camera settings, and what to look for. As it was so busy, there was a lot to focus on. The loud music, mechanical rides whirring around and colourful soft toys swinging in the breeze. The hundreds of people and the smells of doughnuts increased the atmosphere. There was something to capture everywhere you turn.
I find the people at the CNE really interesting. They are from all over and all have a different story to tell. They add the colour and the soul to the event.
As the sun was going down, the colours allowed fantastic opportunities to capture. You can buy pretty much anything at the CNE, there seems to be an especially huge demand for hot tubs, but it was the kids bubble blowing guns that caught my eye. The bubbles float quickly and are not the easiest to focus on. It is good to challenge yourself to make an image.
For photography, the fairground rides offer lots of lines and movement to capture. From wide angles capturing the whole ride to close up macro shots for details. The above image highlights the CN Tower in the background.
With the sun going down, as we were passing the Crazy Mouse roller coaster, I wondered if I could capture the sun in the ‘O’. It was a fleeting moment, and moving around the grounds I was able to put myself in a spot to make the image and share with the group.
I really enjoy these workshops, it is a great place to learn from one another. I always learn more when sharing my knowledge with others. It was also good to step back and watch the group question each other and figure things out for themselves. When a person creates the shot that they have been trying to make for a while, the smile and the look in their eyes is priceless.
We stayed until the end, making long exposure images and also enjoying a beer or two in the heat. After all, it would be rude not too.
I can’t wait to see the images that Parm, Sameer and Chanchal made. Did you go to the ex and photograph it? I would like to see the images.
Are you interested in getting more out of your camera? If so, get in touch 🙂
And remember to follow my journey 🙂