North Carolina Mountain State Fair at WNC Agricultural Center

The North Carolina Mountain State Fair kicked off its 17th year last night at the WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher, NC. It runs from September 10-19 and is the perfect excuse to eat corn dogs and cotton candy and ride the Ferris wheel. Fun fact: According to Wikipedia the original Ferris wheel was designed and constructed by George Washington Gale Ferris, Jr. as a landmark for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago.

You will have to attend the Fair to taste the salty, sugary goodness it offers, but here is a photography sampling of the sites.

Concession stand at fairRide at fairSkylift at fairNC Mountain State FairBull ride at fair

Freak outGoatNC Mountain State FairState Fair concessionsQuilting lady

Apples

chicken at fairWNC Agricultural Center

Pickup Truck Fire off Hendersonville Road in Asheville, NC

I happened upon this pickup truck that caught fire earlier today around 4:30. This was just off Hendersonville Rd about a mile south of Biltmore Village. The cause of the fire was unknown at the time and no one was in the vehicle or injured, as far as I know. Hats off to Asheville Fire Rescue for extinguishing the fire and doing what they do. It was neat seeing them in action (again).

Asheville Fire Rescue

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Brush Fire Delays Downtown Asheville Fireworks

A brush fire alongside I-240 East that ignited during downtown Asheville’s 4th of July firework celebration. Asheville Fire Rescue arrived shortly after the blaze started and extinguished it.

Asheville brush fire on I-240

Asheville brush fire before fire rescue arrived

Before the Fire Rescue arrived

Before the Fire Rescue arrived

Asheville Fire Rescue arrive

Asheville Fire Rescue arrive

Fire Rescue extinguishing the fire

Fire Rescue extinguishing the fire

Overlooking I-240

Overlooking I-240

Kids watching the the scene

Kids watching the the scene

Spectators alongside I-240 after the blaze is put out

Spectators alongside I-240 after the blaze is put out

Asheville Fire Truck

Asheville Fire Truck

Stars and Stripes on back of fire truck

Stars and Stripes on back of fire truck

Firework show before the fire started

Firework show before the fire started

Downtown Asheville fireworks on 4th of July

Downtown Asheville fireworks on 4th of July

Enjoying the fireworks

Enjoying the fireworks

Biltmore Estate House in Asheville, NC

The magnificent Biltmore Estate house in Asheville, NC. I took this after at twilight after a photo shoot with some clients at the Biltmore Estate.

Photo of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Photo of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

On flickr

(As well as this being my photograph, the Biltmore Estate image is a registered trademark, so please don’t steal or use this photo … for anything)

Photo from Biltmore Estate Wedding in Asheville, NC

Setting the scene with a wide shot is an important part of wedding photography. Each shot tells the story of the wedding and if I didn’t have that wide shot to establish the surroundings then all those great close-up moments would lack context. That isn’t to say a close-up photo needs to be side by side with a wide shot to make sense, but for the wedding couple’s book or photo slideshow, it’s essential.

Here is a wide shot I took at a Biltmore Estate wedding last year. The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destination here in Asheville, NC and is a fairy-tale setting for weddings. It’s also a photographer’s paradise!

Biltmore Estate Wedding - Asheville photographer

Camera/lens info: Nikon D300 with Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens (I’ve parted with both… to upgrade)

Asheville wedding photographer

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