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Above: My friend Tom (who was traveling without his normal photography gear) nevertheless managed to catch me photographing the taxidermy at a stall in Heritage Square. It was a perfect opportunity for me to test out some of the "modes" on the new camera while gathering useful sketching references—lots of shots showing how a head looks viewed from beneath, you never know what angle you might want to draw at. Photo ©2011 Tom Nelson.
Friday I made my fourth (and possibly final for the year) trip to the Minnesota State Fair. As usual I spent my first 4 hours there sketching live animals in the various barns. Then at 1:30 I met up with my friend Tom (who was just arriving). We checked out the Fine Arts Exhibit, the Minnesota State Fair Museum, the Newspaper Museum, and various other sites in between. On the way out of the Fairgrounds after 5 p.m. we walked through some of the animal barns, but there was no more sketching—my feet needed to get me to my car!
If you're wondering, it was about 75-80 degrees, overcast, with a nice breeze that took all the morning humidity away. (I wore my rain hat and had a small travel umbrella in my fanny pack just in case.)
I haven't processed any of my own photographs or scanned any of my sketches yet. I thought you would enjoy this photo of me (in my Fair gear) taking photos. (That's the Third Annual Minnesota State Fair Sketch Out button on my fanny pack. The bag hanging from my left wrist contains the box of 65 pieces of salt water taffy I bought for my acupuncturist—always buy things when you past the stand because chances are you won't feel like walking back later! And always plan your route so that you don't have to carry purchased items until you're on your way out.)
Today and tomorrow are the final days of this year's Fair. Remember that all the barns close at 3 p.m. on Monday so that the remaining animals can depart. Plan accordingly.