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AN EVENING AT THE FAIR - APR 12, 2005

 

Orlando is undoubtedly the world capital of theme parks. Its venerable list of park options includes some of the most sought after recreation destinations in the country, and quite possibly, in the whole world. I wonder what chance a moving, make-shift, "all rides under $2" carnival stands, in this high competition family entertainment market? I am not really sure, but I am guessing they are a dwindling business.

 

However, every now and then, I come across one of these "mobile" fairs in vacant lots in the greater Orlando area. I decided to visit one such setup in Altamonte Springs. What drew me there was the tell tale sign of any fair or theme park, the Ferris Wheel! No, I wasn't interested in a ride, but the photo opportunity was quite appealing. You can see my pictures here.

 

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This photo expedition was very different. It was the first time I was questioned by a cop! Of course I don't blame him ... after all I was carrying my extended tripod and was moving rather inconspicuously, in the shadows and away from other people. My intention was only to keep the ambient light low in my long exposures, but the law might have thought otherwise. He let me go on after making absolutely sure that I wasn't up to anything fishy.

 

 

 

 

 

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