Carnegie Mellon Spring Carnival – Midway (Booth)

In Mid-April, Carnegie Mellon students celebrating the academic year full of hard work by working even harder, then having a huge party (called Carnival).

One part of that hard work is the Buggy Race, which I was lucky enough to go to on Carnival Friday.  Part two is “Booth” where different organizations build a structure to house a carnival game.  There is a different theme for Booth each year, this year’s theme being “History with a Twist,” and the Booths are judged in different categories.    Organizations can start building the Booth in their garage, and all Booths are moved on to Midway (called “Move-On” on the Friday before Carnival).   I also visited Midway (a parking lot where the Booths and carnival rides are located) on Carnival Friday, but the weather was not quite as nice as it was earlier in the day.  Such is Pittsburgh in April!

Poor weather often equals dramatic lighting.

Midway Watch playing with Sigma Phi Epsilon’s giant working keyboard on their Second Place booth.

Giant keyboard

I love this shot.

My favorite of the night

There were lots of photos that I would have loved to take, but due to some heavy rain storms, much of midway lost power.

On the right is the winning booth from Phi Kappa Theta, “RoboRome” from the Fraternities category.  The Fraternities category is one of the most competitive.

I also got the opportunity on this night to see and photograph the Randy Pausch Memorial Bridge.  It was incredible!  You can see a live webcam of the bridge here.  Not as cool to see the webcam during the day as it is at night.  The lights are constantly in motion.   

I didn’t have a tripod, but I was resting my camera against a concrete structure and taking enough photos so I would get one where I wasn’t moving.  The trees, however, were not anchored to concrete so they are waving through my view.

During the moving rainbow of light, all of the colors of light mixed together to form white light.  The exposure was too long and I was quickly reminded about the primary colors of light.

A child visiting the bridge.

Congratulations to all of the Booth and Buggy winners at Carnival this year.  See you next year, alumni!

  • pamela marieApril 24, 2010 - 17:10

    that keyboard actually worked?? wow.

    where is the bridge? looks pretty cool, i’ll have to check it out.

    beautiful images randi! 🙂

  • MaryApril 24, 2010 - 18:07

    Wow, Randi..these are so cool! My favorite is yours, too..wonderful composition of the Uncle Sam with the woman sweeping…just perfect.

  • LeeannApril 24, 2010 - 18:14

    WOW! That bridge is awesome! It’s been a while since I’ve been on campus, but I”ll have to check it out at some point!

  • RICH DEMBSKIApril 24, 2010 - 22:40

    I like the sky in the first photo almost as much as the pen’s 4th goal.Had a great time tonight ,enjoyed your company.

  • MillaApril 26, 2010 - 08:23

    Awesome night photos! Wow… I just love these. Next year I want to go to carnival!

  • Christina MontemurroApril 26, 2010 - 10:29

    Randi, this is one of my most favorite blog posts ever, and reminds me why I fell in love with photography, and showcases why YOU love photography. It’s really refreshing to see photos at night, and you’ve captured the new bridge perfectly.

  • sisterApril 28, 2010 - 21:54

    i think the twilight pictures are my favorite. i like how the lighting looks.

  • anjelikaMay 17, 2010 - 13:09

    amazing that it rains every year at carnival…

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