What are your thoughts?
I spent a few days last year at Kings Island just walking around taking pictures. I visited a few other parks during the year and only brought my disposable camera though wish I brought the better one. I plan on having plenty of pictures from all the parks I visit this year.
I enjoy photography immensely, it really chills me out.I have been taking railroad pictures and roller coaster pictures for quite a while now and am trying to break my way into Photography as a business now.
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Yeah, it's a very good camera. My girlfriend is a photography major. We've taken a lot of pictures and she's taught me quite a bit.. I hope to manipulate the settings to get some interesting shots. I like stills, but I'm a big fan of motion shots!
I have a lens in the shop right now, it's an Ultrasonic EF 75-300mm Zoom. Gonna be sweet when it comes to the shots of MF and TTD! :)
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I can't wait till Solace to play a little more with motion shots, stills, and night photography.
The thing is a bit expensive ($800, but you can find it for less if you look hard enough), but for all it does, and the picture quality, that's great.
Back to the topic.
For my photography, the best thing I ever did was to buy a hi-capacity memory card (I have three 128 MB cards that I've gotten free as special offers, well, two were free anyway) and just take pictures whenever I wanted to.
The thing is - the Kodak was relatively small (though no Elph), but it did fit in my pocket. For whatever reason, photography kept me well occupied in ride lines. I'd be waiting in line for, like, Wicked Twister at Cedar Point, and I wouldn't be bored because I was just snapping photos of the ride.
The other advice is to set aside time for riding and shooting. While I always take my camera in line with me, to keep me occupied, sometimes (I did this at SFGAm a lot, because I go there so much) if the park was just so crowded, and it was just so hot, I'd go back into the park and look for new angles.
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I'm still using a variety of older Canons. The automatic features of newer cameras aren't really of much use for rollercoaster photography anyway. You need to be prefocused since auto focus delays the picture taking just long enough that the train isn't there when the exposure occurs. Similarly, auto exposure tends to be fooled by having the bright sky as a background. I usually try to find a patch of grass in the same light as the coaster to take my exposure readings from.
Honestly, I've rediscovered photography since I got my D-60, free from worrying about how much film I burn (the average amusement park trip was generally six to ten rolls). Not only that, but you can experiment with the camera settings and get immediate feedback, something I would've killed for back in my high school and college days.
I just got my microdrive yesterday and today I am getting my Nikon 80-200 2.8 lens! I can't wait to get my new camera in a park to play with it.
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Fortunately (in my opinion) it stopped working and I got a Coolpix 2500 for Christmas. It has 12 settings, including back light which prevents the problem mentioned above with the autofocus, landscape, and low light. I still have to adjust for the delay, which I had to do with the Kodak camera I had before. That doesn't really bother me, because, as Jeff said, with a digital you can immediately see if your shot is good or not, and I have a 64 mb and two 32 mb cards. It only took two tries for me to get the Demon shot which shows the train in the middle of the loop through the cave.
What I really like is that it is small and light enough I can drop it into a pocket without being weighed down while riding coasters. Since my main purpose of having a digital camera is to just "take pictures" of my trips to parks, it should suffice.
When I went to Timbersfest, I spent the first couple of hours at the park just taking pictures. When I went to SFGAm, we got a lot of riding in the first evening we were there. The next day, after crowds picked up, I spent the rest of the day just taking in the sights and taking pictures.
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My current camera is the Canon IXUS v3. My last camera was stolen (if the waterpark didn't have 30min+ queues for the lockers, it wouldn't have happened), probably for the better - wasn't too happy with the Kodaks after the DC-200 series. I chose the IXUS because it is small, and takes decent sized videos. It is basically only something that will last until I can afford a digital SLR (which I'll probably get after a nice Prosumer DV)
I have gone to parks a number of times, purely for photography.Usually just with a compact digital. Sometimes I take pictures of the rides etc., but I often switch to Macro mode, and snap some plant and animal shots for the collection (Dreamworld is literally full of native flora and fauna; and most of it isn't part of the wilflife park).
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Well the good news, Shawn, is that with those Canon lenses you can upgrade at some point to whatever the next version of the D-60 is (and hopefully it'll have better focus in low light).
I know what you mean about low lighting environments! Bleah! I'm wanting to get a wide angle lens someday. However, the pricing is VERY high for those. Over the $1000 mark for some of the best. I've been looking at the EF 24-75mm F/2.8. Very nice, but very expensive! And for those of you who don't know how these cameras work, the smaller the F-stop (f/#) the bigger the aperture is and the better pictures you get from low light!
My Mom got a Canon Powershot A-40 for Christmas. I think I may have to steal it to get some quick and easy pictures to upload to a site. heh. They can be quite big upon upload, but very good quality. They're also easily reduced in size without sacrificing the quality. Highly recommended! ;)
Well, that concludes todays gibberish.
My newest toy is a JVC GRDLV725 DV camera. with 1MP CCD and 530 lines of resolution, havent even had a chance to try it out yet.
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