A Fair evening

Nächtliches Karussell am Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/12 sec | f/8 | ISO 100 | 44mm

The other night, The Significant Other and I headed to the Nuremberg Fairgrounds to visit the “Frühlingsfest”, the Spring Fun Fair. After a two year, Covid induced hiatus, Franconias largest Fun Fair was finally on again. And a good opportunity for me to try once more the low light capabilities of my new Leica SL2-S. And I must say, I had a fair evening …

Nürnberger Frühlingsfest - Abendstimmung am Dutzendteich
1/125 sec | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 70mm

The Nuremberg fairgrounds are behind the Dutzendteich next to the Nazi party rally grounds, the torso of the never fully completed congress hall visible on the right of the frame. Walking to the fair I was able to capture reflections of the main attractions in the water of the Dutzendteich with a beautifully colored evening sky behind.

Lichterzauber auf dem Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/125 sec | f/3.2 | ISO 400 | 70mm

Shooting with the Leica SL2-S and the Vario-Elmarit-SL 1:2.8/24-70 ASPH in low light is totally fun. The amount of light the Leica glass captures is incredible. Add the IBIS (in body image stabilization), and taking pin sharp images even with low shutter speeds of up 1/4 sec (it was the lowest speed I used this evening) to capture motion blur with sharp backgrounds is no more a challenge.

Wildes Maus bei Nacht
1/10 sec | f/6.3 | ISO 100 | 70mm

The colors that the sensor of the Leica captures and renders are just beautiful and realistic, even in low light. The images in this post are all converted from the RAW files, but there is not much difference to the out-of-camera jpgs shot in Vivid mode.

Besucherin betrachtet das Autoscooter bei Nacht auf dem Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/5 sec | f/6.3 | ISO 100 | 70mm
Besucherin des Nürnberger Frühlingsfests bei Nacht
1/50 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 24mm
2 Besucherinnen in Diskussion auf dem Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/60 sec | f/4 | ISO 6400 | 70mm

Also the black and white rendering of the full frame Leica is as good as I could wish for, as is the high ISO performance. While the camera can shoot up to ISO 100000, everything up to 12500 is totally usable. And 6400, as in this photo above, is hardly generating noise I need to be concerned about. This allows me to shoot with AUTO ISO of 6400. And this, combined with the IBIS, gives me the peace of mind of just being able to snap away without having to worry about unsharp or too noisy images.

Nächtliches Karussell am Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/4 sec | f/2.8 | ISO 200 | 45mm

The images above and below are good examples, why it is important to be able to shoot handheld at low shutter speeds to obtain the desired motion blur effects, while still having the contextual objects pin sharp.

Lichterzauber auf dem Nürnberger Frühlingsfest
1/15 sec | f/3.5 | ISO 250 | 24mm

A bit of photography combined with good food and a beer, a fair evening for sure 🙂

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Wish you all a happy Tuesday


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  1. Wow! the richness of the colors is fabulous. They are edible!!! So fitting for nighttime images of a fair! I love the crisp clarity that is present, even in the spinning wheels. Your images convey the joy and chaotic fun one can experience at fairs. Big smile here.
    As always I appreciate you including your camera settings as this contributes to my learning and expanding my skills as a photographer.

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