Fried Jell-O cooks in a frier during the 2016 Big Tex Choice Awards Sunday, August 28, 2016 at Fair Park in Dallas. The annual event, held ahead of the State Fair of Texas, recognizes the best fried foods entered into consideration for sale at the fair. (G.J. McCarthy/The Dallas Morning News)

Taking animated GIFs during the Big Tex Awards

The annual Big Tex Choice Awards — where we find out who made the best State Fair fried foods  — is always a fun gig. This year, I tried to do a little something fun myself, and decided to play around a little with some animated GIFs. I actually did something similar during the Dallas Cowboys home opener a couple of years ago. You can see that link here. As I said in that article, the whole thing is an homage to a photographer I deeply admire, Trent Nelson.

Trent, who works at the Salt Lake City Tribune, is like a zen master when it comes to making GIFs while on assignment. His “Friday GIFs” series, which he posts on his blog, is a must read for not only myself, but a lot of friends and colleagues of mine in the business. You can see his work here.

On a technical note, for those wondering, these were all shot on Canon 1D-X cameras. I normally only shoot those when covering sports, preferring the smaller, lighter Canon 5D MkIII; I like that it’s a quieter camera, too. But for these GIF’s, I thought it better to go with the X, which can shoot  a lot more frames per second. Lastly, I used a site called, which works really well.

Anyway,  I hope you enjoy.













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