Every 30st of April, it's Queen's Day here in The Netherlands.
Every night before that it's what I like to call "Get obliterated drunk on the streets of Den Haag and get crazy while various stages crank out concerts while wearing outrageous amounts of orange clothing" night.
Sadly, I found last night to not nearly be as wild, drunken, or as orange as I'd hoped!
So, instead of photographing said folk as is most often done this night, I decided to do something I'm normally not that comfortable doing, taking candid shots of strangers. Luckily (for me) most of these folks were concentrating on having fun so I went unnoticed.
I wonder whether or not the success of "The Hunger Games" affected the popularity of the archery booths this year? They were pretty full to me, but don't remember how they were last year. The little horizontal line to the left is the arrow leaving the frame.
I thought it might be more original to take photos of those watching people having fun (getting sick?). Plus it helps that the lighting at fairs is so often so lovely. You just need to know how to photograph in it 'cause it isn't easy.
The token "wooooooah!" shot.
Here ducky ducky ducky. This is never a popular booth as far as I can see, yet it's always there.
For a guy who was concentrating so much, and had so many friends supporting him, I thought he would do awesome. He didn't. Might even say he, well, sucked.
This was his second throw as you can see and he continued to throw poorly despite mighty effort and nice form. Will I witness any champions this night?
Mmmmm.. 'Nuff said!
Do we have a winner?!?! Nope, fell (as always) at the last minute.
That did not stop him from trying again. And again. And again. No luck. I have to believe these "fair people" have to be rich.. but why do they look so... hmmm.. not rich?
Vroom vroom. I'm a professional driver. Vroom VROOOM!
Everyone one but the third girl from the left are having fun. She didn't smile the whole ride.
Probably the most successful of those I witnessed tonight. Scored 150 (the highest apparently) five out of his seven strokes. Completely ruined when he tripped while walking away and falling flat on his face. Naturally I didn't have my camera ready! :)
Again, lovely light to be had every where. Why do people subject themselves to being put in a big, see-through, plastic ball that is on water and try to walk in them in front of hordes of people? It seems that we should be paying to get to watch the fun instead of the poor saps on the inside!
I only included this 2nd archery shot because this guy sucked so bad his arrow completely missed the target, hit something hard and ricocheted and landed at my feet. Maybe that's Karma telling me not to be sneaking shots of folks since I myself hate being the subject of such pictures.
Maybe the night was so calm and for the lack of a better term, boring, because there was such a massive security presence in town. I guess it's good in the end despite me having to completely change what I had in mind of photographing.
Maybe next year.