Daily Prompt – Circus


Sometimes, it is fun to just take a silly photo, because the opportunity is there!  Such was the case when I took this image:

Clowns abound!

I was photographing at an agility trial held on the fairgrounds in Skowhegan, Maine, which is always a blast; it is one of the agility trials that my wife and I have attended for many years, and we consider it our home trial away from home (it’s a 5 hour drive 🙂 ).  One of the fun aspects of this agility trial is that there is a real sense of camaraderie, as folks camp on the fairgrounds and congregate after the running of the dogs is done.

With this atmosphere comes a penchant for kidding each other, which is where this clown comes in; one of the competitors has a mild case of coulrophobia, so clowns tend to show up in all sorts of places.  As I walked over to do a photoshoot with one of her dogs, what do I notice?  You guessed it: this clown.

Technical Details

Captured with a Canon EOS 5D Mk III using an EF 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.  Exposure settings were 1/800 second with f/2.8 and 400 ISO.


Inspired by Daily Prompt – Circus

Author: jansenphoto

A Fresh Perspective Photography is more than just a vehicle for capturing the world around me; it provides me with a palette and a set of brushes, with which I paint not only what I see, but also look to express the emotions that are evoked by the scene in front of me in that moment. Growing up in the Netherlands exposed me to a wide cross-section of visual arts that laid the foundation of my photographic view of all that surrounds me. Early influences were the Dutch Masters of the 17th century, to whom I was introduced by my grandfather during museum explorations; favorites among them are the scenes of quotidian life depicted by Jan Steen and Frans Hals and the vivid landscapes of Jacob van Ruisdael. My classical high school education was supplemented by the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum, where I spent many a lunch hour exploring its great collection. Here I was introduced to surrealism with a particular love for the approach taken by Salvador Dali; Dali also rekindled my appreciation for the work of Hieronymus Bosch, who often showed the folly of us mortals. Universal Connections My approach to any photographic subject is to look for understanding first; in this I look to establish either a connection between the viewer and the subject or capture the connection of the subject with its surroundings. The captured image then aims to portray this connection from a perspective that is part of my personal interpretation. This interpretation is often a form of externalized introspection, which may alternately display the connection of isolated beings and items with their environment or highlight the whimsy of the profound world, in which we find ourselves. The universe is full of connections, many of which are waiting to be discovered; part of my journey as a photographer is to document these connections. Any assignment, be it an event, a product shoot or a portrait session is always approached through communication with the client; this is where the first connection is established. Ideas are exchanged and a collaborative plan of action forms, ultimately resulting in a set of images that aim to exceed the expectations of each client. And, lest we forget, it is important to have fun while practicing the serious business of photography!

5 thoughts on “Daily Prompt – Circus”

    1. Thanks, Debbie! An agility trial is where our dogs (with our help) compete in completing obstacle courses with jumps, tunnels, seesaws and the like. It’s a lot of fun for dog and human!

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