The kids loved seeing the train, so my wife and I knew we also had to go see the Ringling Brothers' circus.
The day of the circus came. Initially I was going to bring my Samsung NX200, but discovered that the batteries were dead or nearly dead. I failed to charge them the night before out of laziness or forgetfulness (or both). So I grabbed my Pentax K-x instead.
It's a 45 minute drive from our home in the hills down to the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Once we arrived we found nearby parking for a reasonable price. The parking was on the other side of the tracks from the arena, and a train blocked the road. The city of Bakersfield had thought of this problem and built a pedestrian bridge over the rails. That's where I captured the image below.
|CSX Container, BNSF Train - Bakersfield, California|
I snapped 16 frames with the K-x DSLR when something happened. Or didn't happen. There was a message on the screen: Memory Card Full. Only the memory card wasn't full.
|Horsing Around - Bakersfield, California|
The card was over two years old and well used, so I figured the card was the problem. Now a month later a new card that had been used for less than 200 frames was doing the same thing.
|Horse Show - Bakersfield, California|
Photographing the circus turned out to be just as much of a circus as the circus was. And I was the clown, because I didn't charge the batteries for my preferred camera. Or bring a back-up camera for the back-up camera. I could have brought my Nikon S8100 and still managed good images.
Even so, the cell phone camera did a decent job. Not what I had envisioned before arriving, but all things considered, it did just fine. All of the images below were captured and edited on my phone.
|Two Elephants - Bakersfield, California|
|High Jump - Bakersfield, California|
|Teeterboarding - Bakersfield, California|
|Elephant Tricks - Bakersfield, California|
|Motorcycle Cage #1 - Bakersfield, California|
|Motorcycle Cage #2 - Bakersfield, California|