Posts tagged ‘light trails’

May 24, 2013

OLP 2013 – 7 – Riptide

Riptide! yeah man.

Yay Riptide! I like that photographer in front, too.

Here’s what the Riptide looks like in a shorter exposure:

Riptide frozen in time

I think that’ll do us for this year’s Our Lady of Peace festival. ‘Til next year!

May 22, 2013

OLP 2013 – 5 – Dragon Loops

Dragon Loops loops loops loops

The Dragon Loops are a new one for me. Apparently they’re a variant of the Loop-O-Plane ride.

Here’s what they look like in a shorter exposure:

Dragon Loops FROZEN IN TIME!

September 7, 2012

Italian Festival 6 – The Balloons


The rides at the Scotch Plains Italian Festival, which were provided by Majestic Midways, mostly featured small fiberglass sculpted cars— bees, and dune buggies, and puppies, and teacups, and so forth. This one— “Up, Up, and Away”— was the only one of these sculpted-fiberglass rides that ALSO included lights that looked cool at night. (Most of the fiberglass rides don’t offer many lights.) So of course, I took a picture. I coulda done without the fence in the way, but so it goes. NEXT TIME.

September 5, 2012

Italian Festival 4 – Sky Diver

Sky diver!

I couldn’t do anything about the moiré patterns, but if you click the image, you can see a larger version of the photo that is hopefully a little bit cleaner.

Anyway. This is the Sky Diver!


It’s like a Ferris Wheel on acid. The capsules, which are anchored to the wheel by axles at the front and back, flip over and around as the wheel turns. Whee!

September 2, 2012

Italian Festival!

Super Sizzler at the Scotch Plains Italian Festival!

The Italian Festival in Scotch Plains is this weekend!

It’s sponsored by St. Bartholomew’s and UNICO (an Italian-American service organization; the word means “unique” in Italian, and the acronym stands for Unity, Neighborliness, Integrity, Charity, and Opportunity).

…is it weird that all our local carnivals seem to be hosted by Catholic organizations? I’d never noticed before, but so far this year I’ve been to the Our Lady of Peace Fair, and the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and now this one by St. Bartholomew’s Parish. Is this a trend in your area?

July 22, 2012

Feast of OLMC – 7: The Zipper

Zip zip zip zip zip zip zip

Today concludes 2012’s series on the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

This is the Zipper ride, which I’ve shown you before. But this Zipper was provided by Ace Amusements, not Blue Sky Amusements. The Blue Sky Zipper— as far as I recall— functions more as a pendulum, where gravity and Newtonian physics do a lot of the work; the Ace Zipper (this one) completely ignores gravity, and is driven by a constant-velocity (constant-speed?) motor, like a Ferris Wheel.

This may seem like an inanely geeky distinction (and— let’s be honest— it is), but as a photographer, the gravity-driven ride requires more precision and anticipation of when to click the shutter, as opposed to the constant-velocity ride, where you can click the shutter any old time (as I was able to do here).

So. This shot? Like shooting fish in a barrel. BAM.

July 19, 2012

Feast of OLMC – 4: The Hurricane

Rock you like a hurricane!

Continuing with the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.

The Hurricane ride! It goes around and around and around pretty smoothly, until they pump the hydraulics and the ride goes nuts. These light trails are after the nutsiness has settled down a bit.

Oh, and by the way, this is what the cars look like during the daytime.

Look Ma! No hands!

Hee hee!


P.S. If you’re looking for photos of a NATURAL hurricane in Berkeley Heights, I got nothin’, but here are some shots of Hurricane Irene in New Providence.

July 16, 2012

Feast of OLMC


Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel!

Berkeley Heights has been celebrating it all week, and I’m gonna take the next week to show you photos from the festival! Pretty exciting. For me, anyway. Photographing carnivals is fun!

We’ll start off nice and slow, with the Rock O’Plane. That’s a funny name for a ride, innit? Looks cool, though.

May 24, 2012

Carnival 5!


I originally wasn’t going to show you this photo of the Riptide at night, because it’s basically the same as yesterday’s light-trails shot… but these OLP carnival shots seem to be pretty well received, and how often do I get to do fun shots like these, anyway?

So HERE YOU GO. No more, though. It’s back to the boring life tomorrow.

May 23, 2012

Carnival 4!

The Zipper!

Continuing fun at the OLP Fair…!

I’ve photographed The Zipper at night before, and quite honestly it might be the exact same set of bolts and motors and lights (since it’s owned by the same company)… but never in New Providence!

I’ve always thought the little spinning capsules look like saxophone cases. (You can check Wikipedia to see what the ride looks like in the daytime.)

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