No camera, more fun

Monday, July 22, 2002 9:04 PM
On my last coaster trip, I decided not to take a camera to the park (in fact I took zero pictures), and it made it much more fun. I didn't have it worry about who would take the camera when I went on certain rides, what to do when we rode the water rides, etc. Even though I sort of regret not bringing it (I missed tons of great pic/video chances), I'm glad I didn't bring it. Anyone else seem to have more fun at parks when you leave the camera at home or at the hotel?


Monday, July 22, 2002 9:11 PM

I take a small but high quality digital cam that fits perfectly in the pocket of cargo pants. Has worked very well for me.

Now if I were to take in my Canon AE-1 with the 300mm Telephoto lens that would be a different story.

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Monday, July 22, 2002 9:52 PM
I agree, the less you take with you into the park, the less you have to worry about.

It increases the fun factor..

Monday, July 22, 2002 10:00 PM
I do enjoy my times at parks when I don't bring a camera... Of course those are the same days I see new or interesting stuff where I say to myself, "I wish I had my camera!"

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Monday, July 22, 2002 10:04 PM
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I was just thinking about that last night while I was at Kennywood. It's almost a pain in the backside, but it makes it all worthwhile when you get that AWESOME shot.

I guess it's not that bad, but I try to stay away from bringing the camera if it's not my first visit.


Monday, July 22, 2002 10:37 PM

Yeah, i do see how it would be much less of a pain to leave the camera behind, but in the end, the photos are so worth it. They last forever.

I've also noticed over the years that you get such better shots each time you visit a park, just because you become so experienced.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002 4:38 AM
I've never taken a camera or anything else for that matter into a park with me - its too much work. I usually even leave my cell phone and my wallet and keys in the car - take the money, the season pass, and the strap with the key tied to the end. Anything else just gets damaged, stolen or lost so I don't see the point of taking it in

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 4:49 AM
The less the better is always my approach. I really enjoy taking park photos but will only take my camera with me if I know there is going to be a non thrill rider in the group that I will be able to leave it with. Otherwise I prefer not to have to worry about it all day.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:06 AM
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If I'm going somewhere other than Cedar Point, I bring my camera, but generally leave it in the car. If I feel like shooting I will, otherwise I just carry the little digital in the cargo shorts.

There is no reason to bring in loads of crap with you in the park... you're not camping in the middle of Yellowstone.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:33 AM

I have taken my camera at times, however, what I've been doing lately is taking the little disposable cameras. One in each side pocket of a pair of cargo shorts and you have 54 shots at the ready.

I have carried my good camera (a Minolta) with me in a fanny pack, but it is too much to worry with, especially on those rides where you are not allowed to wear fanny packs. Besides, if a disposable camera gets lost or broken, no big deal... just out those pics. If the Minolta gets lost or broken or stolen I'm out a lot more.

This year for Hersheypark in the Dark (during day light hours of course), I am planning on taking the "good camera" to get some shots (I realize I have practically none of the old home park), but I do not plan on doing any riding during that vist.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 5:34 AM
I also find that to be the case. But in new parks I take cameras but in old parks I have already visited I leave it at home.


Tuesday, July 23, 2002 6:05 AM

My trip to Hersheypark last week was the very first time I've ever visited a new park without taking a camera in with me.

You are right, it was more fun not worrying about it, but I regretted it the next day. That's why I went around taking pictures of the coasters from the outside of the park. I got them back and they suck, so now I really wish I'd taken the camera in. The only pic I have of Wildcat, my favorite coaster there, is from way up by the Hotel Hershey. :(

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:33 AM

If I go to my homepark I usually only take the camera twice in the entire season, once for night shots and once for day shots. But if I am going to a park I rarely go to, I always take it.

But when I go to parks I try to bring as little as I can, money, pass(if needed), and that is usually it.

Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:45 AM

I always bring a camera with me, but I don't always use it. It's not a problem because I almost always have a backpack with me anyway (well worth what little trouble it is to save lots of money on drinks). I used to take pictures all over the park, but now I usually just take on-ride POV pics and every now and then I'll get a good one of a ride from in the park somewhere. I don't think having a camera makes it any less fun though.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 8:52 AM
I take my camera with me every where

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:01 AM
When I get a digital camera, I'm going to take it with me and wear a back pack, it shouldn't be a problem.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 9:34 AM

Teenage Ninja said:
"When I get a digital camera, I'm going to take it with me and wear a back pack, it shouldn't be a problem."

Unless you are at a park where backpacks are not allowed in the cues... Cedar Point comes to mind...

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 10:10 AM
I take my camera and leave it in the car. After I have rode most of the rides I go out and get it and take pictures while walking around the park so it doesn't get damaged. Without the camera you don't have to worry about it breaking, or being stolen.

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Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:36 AM
I, too, usually leave my camera in the car and then retrieve it and take all my pictures at once. But if I had a cheap disposable camera, I may bring it with me all day. My digital camera and film camera are fairly large and definitely not cheap. I would worry about them getting banged up on rides, or stolen if I left them somewhere.
Tuesday, July 23, 2002 11:45 AM
I usually take my camera with me to a new park. I always wear cargo shorts, so it's never really a problem. I can snap a shot and zip it back up. But if I'm just taking my yearly trek to PKI or SFKK, I never bother. I've practically memorized both.

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