Picture of the Week: State Fair of Texas

Hello everyone!

This week’s picture of the week is a long exposure shot from the State Fair of Texas.  Carnival rides are always great for photography because you can drag your shutter for quite a while and end up with some interesting geometry.

The State Fair of Texas is one of the biggest and best state fairs around (at least according to Texas) and features an absolutely enormous ferris wheel called the Texas Star.  That’s what I wanted to get a shot of at the fair this year and here it is!

The Texas Star

The Texas Star

For the photographers: This was an 8-second exposure at f16, ISO 100 at 24mm on my 16-35mm Sony lens.  It took a few tries to get everything right, you had to pay special attention to how the wheel was operated in order to capture a long enough spin to get the lights right.  Processed using my typical Lightroom workflow.


  1. Wow! In love with the Texas Star! The splendid and magnificent wheel seems to be the centre of attraction at the fair. Thanks for sharing the great post. A passionate photographer will surely benefit from the details provided for a photographer.

  2. I want to take a lens to the State Fair this year but not sure which one to use. Sony 16-35mm or the Sony 85mm G master.

    • Why not take both?


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