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Maple Valley Days in Washington:
This shot was done with a slow shutter (drag) on purpose. Why, well... to me shooting rides like this with a fast shutter never really gives you the feel for the ride. Stop Action is great in a variety of things, but at times the sense of motion is needed. This shot isn’t like football or basketball where you capture the majesty of the player frozen as they make a move or complete a play. This shot is about getting in a metal bucket and getting beat to death and spun around until you about puke. It’s fun... and this to me is what it looks like when you are on the ride. That is what I wanted to capture.
So, I sat out with the goal of capturing this whirly motion. The compositional goal was to capture enough detail so that the image was clear yet the motion and "jolt" or "ride" was shown.
Tracking with a slow shutter is harder than it sounds. A few turned out, this one had the most vivid colors and consistent motion.
Also by David Bowden
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