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Queens Day, Amsterdam, Holland, 2003

Queens Day -- a celebration of Queen Beatrix's official birthday -- features what may be the world's largest flea market/street party/carnival. Dam Square, at the heart of the city, is turned into an amusement park featuring a giant Ferris Wheel and a terrifying experience called "The Booster". I use a frozen moment in time to link these two rides as they move through space together. At 1/640th of a second, I able to stop both in their tracks. Yet I wanted more than that -- I wanted the masochists flying through the air on the "Booster" to seem as if they were suspended in air only inches from the Ferris Wheel. The tiny space between them would create a spot of tension as the focal point of my picture. Easier said than done. Compact digital cameras -- even the best of them -- suffer from a malady known as "shutter lag". You must first focus and expose by pressing the shutter button halfway down, and then squeeze it the rest of the way the instant before the instant you want to capture. I must have shot this picture at least ten times before I was able to get my timing right. Fortunately, digital "film" is free forever.

Canon PowerShot G2
1/640s f/5.6 at 7.0mm full exif

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Phil Douglis31-Oct-2004 05:20
Once again, your perception stuns me. I have always seen this picture as being an incongruous take on a "close call". Yet your wonderfully twisted eye sees these people being scooped and plopped by claw, from Booster to an empty seat in the Ferris Wheel. Glad you did not have to be scooped and plopped, Maureen. i will never look at this image in the same way again. And neither will anyone else who looks at this picture and reads this comment. You again show us that there are many ways to look at the same image. If an image is truly expressive, it can stimulate the imaginations of our viewers to come up with their own meanings. To me , that is the great strength of expressive photography.
Guest 31-Oct-2004 04:24
This is another photo that has me giggling. I don't see two rides that might collide. To me, it appears that if you want to go on the ferris wheel, you have to be scooped up, delivered and plopped into an empty seat by "the claw". Intuitively, I must have known this about the ferris wheel, which is why I've wisely stayed away from them.
Phil Douglis27-Oct-2004 17:48
Easier said than done, Zebra. I prefocused and exposed on that sign and the Ferris Wheel, and then shot that big arm at least ten times as it whipped over the wheel. This was the only one created "tension" -- that tiny space between the big arm and the wheel.
Guest 27-Oct-2004 16:12
Phil,You succeed to find some relation in this "booster" shot.You chose the time when the big arm was nearest to the wheel.And you held the words "booster" in the bottom of the picture.Because the wards give me a steady feel,the big arm is more like in the sky.
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