last weekend some of us got together and ventured out in the cold to see the circus. i learned it was probably the last showing for the season. the venue will have other performances showing later on but not circus type events. the circus building is located just a short walk from work. that made it even more appealing since i'm still without a car. i also wanted to try out my canon with the new lenses again. i had packed everything away except for a 17-85mm and a 50mm. and now i had my telephoto lens along with the rest, thanks to the arrival of all my personal effects.
after we got there and found our seats, i noticed i was probably standing out in the crowd with my camera and the 70-300mm lens whenever I brought it out. but the end results were worth it. i had to play with the manual settings for a while until i could find a good balance with the exposure and speed. i'm still missing a lot of good shots when i can't find the right settings, but i learn something new everytime i use it.
All in all the circus performers put on a great show. i was expecting a small one ring event and that's what it was. but they all gave solid performances with only minimal mistakes. there were jugglers on a spinning aparatus that were cool, i didn't care if they drop a couple clubs. the animals that were brought out, consisted of dogs, horses, bears, maybe some lynx?, and boars. yep boars. there were also the usual human performers, a ring mistress, magicians, tightrope walkers, a ladder balancing act, trapeze artists, a strong man, jugglers, horseback riding girls, a couple doing a suspended hoop act and of course a clown.
during the intermission the audience could walk down to the ring and buy various circus stuff for sale. most of it looked like what you'd see at a kids toy shop. there was also a ride you could do that looked like a small parachute on a rope. i would see a child being quickly hoisted straight up in the air and then lowered slowly back to the ground.
unfortunately, i let my camera battery go to long without charging and missed the last act. but since i was about 10 rows back and it was the horse back riding girls, i don't know if i would have been able to focus well enough to get a good picture. the pictures that i did take seemed to turn out alright. if you want to check them out goto:
my new flickr account and the circus photos