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Cotton Candy Man

This was taken at PNC Park last August at a Pirates Game.   People at Work is an ongoing project for me and this is one from the archives.

The WordPress Weekly Challenge didn’t appear in my email today so am thinking of a word to go with this image.  Any suggestions?

Not that one should consume any of this cotton candy confection, but I liked the photograph.

Wonder how heavy it is to carry that palette of cotton candy, so high in the air.

Found an article from Chicago- Behind-the Scenes Ballpark Jobs by Debra Auerbach which discusses food vendors and concessions. And Cotton Candy originated “at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair” says Kitchen Daily Blog where there’s a recipe.

Cotton Candy Man

29 responses

  1. Keith

    Nice photograph, Ruth.

    January 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    • Thanks Keith. Means a lot coming from you!

      January 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

  2. Shuey

    I really like the contrasting use of focus, sharp on the main character and blurred background showing the masses . . . perfect!

    January 10, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    • Perfect? Wow. Thanks Shuey

      January 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

  3. Really nice focus on the guy with nice bokeh of the crowd. I like this.

    January 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    • Thank you George

      January 11, 2014 at 10:13 am

  4. I love this shot, Ruth!

    January 11, 2014 at 12:27 am

    • Thanks for the visit and positive words, Naomi.

      January 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

  5. William McCafferty

    Not THE “Candy Man”. The real one is a lefty. And he didn’t pitch cotton.


    January 11, 2014 at 1:16 am

    • Thanks Bill. You are sweet

      January 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

  6. Effective balance of light and dark, movement against a static barely-defined background ( the bokeh ), and excellent color splash in the fullness of clear light. A winner overall.

    January 11, 2014 at 1:54 am

    • Thanks for the great comment today.

      January 11, 2014 at 10:12 am

  7. Ruth – This is an outstanding photo. I’ve tried taking photos like this with very little success. They never seem to come out like this one. The appearance of the bokeh is excellent. I love this photo! Good job!

    January 11, 2014 at 2:31 am

    • Thanks for stopping by the blog today and leaving a nice compliment for me, Ken.

      January 11, 2014 at 10:11 am

  8. Sue Reinfeld

    A word you want. I’ll give you a word – SWEET!

    January 11, 2014 at 8:08 am

    • Good word for all if that spun sugar, Sue.

      January 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

  9. well I do not have a word for this – but I also love the picture – and it was worth posting. On first glance, the cotton candy almost looked like a Dr. Seuss hat or artifact – with out any of the colors. Which brings me to the next thing that grabbed me – that clear powder blue sits so nicely with the splotches of yellow in the blurry crowd (or as another commenter noted, the movement against a static barely-defined background).

    Then – the plastic pegs on the bottom of the cotton candy carrier also adds interest – and the shape made by the worker’s arm (and into his upper back and head with hat tipped up). There is such an artistic feel to this photo – but sorry, still do not have a name to suggest -

    January 11, 2014 at 9:40 am

    • Thanks for all your good words today. I appreciate your taking time to write. Thanks for the follow, too.

      January 11, 2014 at 10:00 am

  10. Love this!

    January 11, 2014 at 9:48 am

    • Thanks Scott. :-)

      January 11, 2014 at 10:01 am

  11. Wonderful capture of atmosphere with the silvery blue tones of the cotton candy crowning the crowd!

    January 11, 2014 at 10:05 am

    • Thanks for your nice comment Patti!

      January 11, 2014 at 10:10 am

  12. I love the pic! A great capture. For a word to go with it, I’m thinking “high” or “float”.

    January 11, 2014 at 11:18 am

  13. Love the shot!

    January 11, 2014 at 1:08 pm

  14. Nice shot! Thanks for dropping by at my blog!

    January 11, 2014 at 3:05 pm

  15. Gail Radley

    Cotton Candy is bad enough but BLUE. Great shot

    January 11, 2014 at 4:21 pm

  16. Sally


    January 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm

  17. What a great shot, Ruth! I used to love that stuff when I was a child, but can’t imagine eating it now. :)

    January 11, 2014 at 6:19 pm

  18. That is one stunning shot Ruth. It tells the story and makes me want to go out and buy some for sure. :D

    January 13, 2014 at 1:24 am

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