Have you ever noticed people posting photos over the internet, where they took the picture while riding the rollercoaster. This is a dangerous situation, because it is very easy for someone to loose control of ones camera and hit someone else.
This brings up something I have been thinking about a lot lately. There have been quite a few incidents at amusements parks, a few of them resulting in deaths. This is very unfortunate. While these parks have and continue to improve park and ride safety I think it is also important for us, the riders, to also practice safe riding. I know that none of enjoy being stapled into a ride, or that we all think that the "no picture taking during the ride" sign is for everyone else, or trying the "quarter-trick" on power tower - these are irresponsible acts that CAN lead to the injury of other guests at the park as well as yourself. I know that most of us feel that government regulation of amusement parks is a mistake but we need to make sure that we do everything in our power to make we don't further fuel the fires that the media have begun. Ride safe, ride smart, listen to the ride operators, be respectful of the parks rules - they are there for a reason.
*** This post was edited by jdancisin on 7/19/2001. ***
POV photos are some of my favorite coaster pics. I've taken a couple and I'm always sure to secure my camera, not for the fear of hitting someone else, but because I don't want to lose or break my camera....not to mention get in trouble with the park because I wasnt being safe. I took a POV on DD right when the two come head to head at the base of the loop. It's one of my fav. pics. As long as the photographer secures the camera I say let'em take as many pictures as they want.
I put a wristband around my disposible camera on the Raging Bull, and the pictures turned out just fine, but to answer youre question, its not safe, but you could take measures such as the wristband, and it will be safer. ------------- B&M Loyalist 4-Life
Cameras are not permitted on rides. Straps break, people drop them, plus you can't hold on like you are supposed to if you have a camera in your hands. This is exactly what I was talking about in my above post. Stop rationalizing on-ride camera usage - it is, very simply, against the rules.
I've heard that some people get special permission from the park. Some parks don't even care. As for me, I'm don't like POV pictures anyway, because you have to sit in the front to take them, and unless you're on an invert, the front sucks ;)!
Yeah it's also against the "rules" to speed on the highways or make "rolling stops" at stop signs. Like anything, if the cop didnt see it, I didnt do it.
That being said, I have a self taken onride photo on Magnum (base of lift), Mean Streak (mid-lift), and Beast (mid 2nd lift). I also tried the coin trick on FreeFall @ SFoG. It worked pretty well too. (Though I used pennies not quarters; quarters are too useful a commodity, especially when in college-Laundy Money) lata, jeremy --Everything is negotiable!
jdancisin said: "Cameras are not permitted on rides......Stop rationalizing on-ride camera usage - it is, very simply, against the rules."
Normally, yes, but there are many, many events where cameras and video cameras are allowed. I can even remember a park handing out surgical gloves and duct tape at a event for those who wanted to take on ride photos. I have seen both large corporate parks and small parks allow on ride photography. Just because someone takes on-ride photos it doesn't mean it was done without permission.
While cameras are usually not permitted, some parks do allow them during ERT at coaster events, provided the camera had a strap.
One of the funniest things I saw this year was during the ACE Spring Coaster Con. Silver Dollar City was allowing ACErs to take a camera on Wildfire during ERT, but they had to have it taped to their hand! There were two employees standing at the entrance with a roll of duct tape, waiting for the people who wanted to take a picture or shoot video. Didn't seem to bother too many people, though, as there were still plenty of people taking pics. Quite a funny sight.
Peabody said: "but there are many, many events where cameras and video cameras are allowed. I can even remember a park handing out surgical gloves and duct tape at a event for those who wanted to take on ride photos. I have seen both large corporate parks and small parks allow on ride photography. Just because someone takes on-ride photos it doesn't mean it was done without permission. "
As someone who's taken photos on rides when allowed by the parks, I'd like to say that it's perfectly possible to do this safely. Believe me, even barring potential injuries the LAST thing I want to do is lose my Olympus 3040Z digital camera!
My camera strap consists of a short length of nylon cord, securely tied off on one end, with a sliding plastic cinch. When I put the strap around my wrist and slide the clasp, my camera isn't going ANYWHERE.
Well heres my take on it. If you have no problem breaking the rule of no camera's on ride, you cant complain about other stuff like smoking in lines, running in the park or other unsafe activity. Why do you people think its illegal at parks to do, because its safe NO. If you condone this but don't condone other illegal activities at parks your a hypocrite. Has no one ever heard of there straps breaking also. When park's ok it for events its ok because all the other riders know ahead of time there is a danger. ------------- Army rangers lead the way
*** This post was edited by supermandl on 7/19/2001. ***
Ladies and gentlemen, it appears we have caught a few people here who obviously have double standards.
A rule is a rule. Just because you broke it and got away with it doesn't make it right. It just makes you more likely to do it again, and again. And we all know that raises the possibility of an accident happening at some point.
It doesn't matter how snug you manage to attach your camera to yourself. You are still breaking a rule that is set to protect people. But you can feel free to keep attempting to justify yourselves.. it's amusing.
------------- "La La La... at the DEMON! Blah blah blah blah at the DEMON! (I swear if I ever have to hear that song again..)
I guess all you rule-junkies should keep your hands grasped firmly on your lapbar with it pulled tight against your lap, since that is also in the rules. I am not one for breaking the rules, but I have taken photos during rides before. Those were taken with my camera strapped to my wrist. It was no different than me wearing a watch.
Point of clairification: I'm NOT one of the anti-smokers and I dont really mind line jumping if done politely (see the other threads). No hypocracy here.
But I did notice several "enthusiasts" during CoasterMania putting their hands up on Millennium Force even after being specifcally told not to; same on HyperSonic where they tell you had MUST be down for the launch. (I'm personally guilty of breaking both rules hehehehe :)) jeremy --as I said before "Everything is negotiable"
Jeff that is why I started out with the quarter question on the Power Tower, I really wanted to see how many violators of these types of policies there are out there. Everyone should be ashamed of themselves for taking a picture while on a roller coaster. It is about safety / I can't believe that some of us Coasterbuzzer's can't realize this. Maybe we need another congressman like the one on this home page to police us. Better yet lets police ourselves so we don't need idiots telling us that taking picture while riding rollercoaster is unsafe!