Although the Cité de Carcassonne (which was thoroughly restored - some would say reinvented - in 1853 by the theorist and architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc) is very photogenic in a touristy, faintly Disneyish sort of way, I've chosen to present a different theme. This is a roundabout or carousel just outside the Porte Narbonnaise at night. In case the moderators are tempted to take this image down on the grounds of excessive PP work, let me assure them that, apart from a little sharpening of the scanned negative using Nik's Sharpener Pro 3, no Photoshop editing has been done on this photograph. The effect was achieved in-camera, using a tripod, and zooming the lens during a longish exposure, while the carousel was going round. The individual points of light have not burned out as I used a small aperture (which also helped to lengthen the shutter speed), which was, from memory, around 4 or 5 seconds.
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Pietrow (304) 2013-07-15 5:45
Great idea ! perfect done !
I like it.
yquem46 (38746) 2013-07-15 5:58
Just outstanding and beautiful
An excellent idea and extremely well achieved
Noel_Byrne (26101) 2013-07-15 6:52
I love this effect, especially on fairground rides like this. Is created a stunning visual, why at first glance looked to me like some sort of hellish fiery tornado. I love how it seems to reach out of the shot too, great capture.
All the best
EstudioChispa (2070) 2013-07-15 7:39
Thank yo for the excellent explanation. I compliment the smoothness of your hand on the zoom!
abmdsudi (44964) 2013-07-15 8:12
What a welcoming bright fiery stunning shot, I think you've captured the refinement in such vibrancy of blinding colours and detail vividness. A subject waiting to be shot by smart keen eye and your skilfull technique. My congrats, TFS
amitrajs (132) 2013-07-15 9:06
Namastey Will...........this looks more like a fiery dance.........Amazing shot........... the lines created by the lines are so sharp..........tfs
Gigidusud (17277) 2013-07-15 10:56
Splendid effect, great idea, well done! I like a lot!
marina7 (8055) 2013-07-15 12:31
I don't remember when I last tried a carousel but after seeing your photo I doubt I will ever try it again. This thing looks like a fiery spiral galaxy that spins you directly into its black hole. Feeling sick just looking at it, must be because of the late dinner:/
GiovanniG (2998) 2013-07-15 13:10
Lovely time capture of this ride whirling lights. Well exposed and timed with fantastic color. Well done mon amie!
lousat (79772) 2013-07-15 15:08
HI Will,a great effect create by the long time of exposure,a beautiful experiment and great result,the perfect catch-eye,i like it! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
mjw364 (7512) 2013-07-16 2:34
Nice shot that captures the movement of the lights creating an image that reminds me of a kind of spiralling firework - a Catherine wheel. Unusual technique to capture this - zooming the lens but very effective. Always pays to experiment with technique.
I used to take school kids to Carcassone to play rugby many years ago. Then play host to the French school boys on exchange visits. I quite like that area of France.
subhendu_bagchi (25935) 2013-07-16 2:43
a nice composition with a lot of action in it... Like the motion blurr of the wheels in red. Excellent presentation. Tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-16 5:27
stunning shot this! Love the effect and it works beautifully on all levels. It looks like an electronic whirlwind and has transitioned into digital perfectly. Inspirational imagery, well done!
marabu61 (9041) 2013-07-17 0:01
Amazing effect, very dynamic. Zooming during exposure is a technique I have attempted myself from time to time, but never with such a great result.
have a great day
kasianowak (7315) 2013-07-19 16:13
Wow! This is one of the best examples of zoom burst I have every seen. The lights look great on the dark background. Steady hand and perfect exposure! I like your choice of subject too. It's not easy to look beyond la Cite while in Carcassonne... :)
Have a nice weekend
COSTANTINO (57871) 2013-08-09 0:33
excellent composition,original version
let your imagination free to dream
difficult shot taken at night
with fantastic details very well
have a pleasant day
delpeoples (54083) 2013-08-16 6:16
Oooh la la! What an impressive, beautiful and superbly executed shot. The fluorescent colours, the delayed shutter and the wonderful sense of movement get 10 out of 10. Stunning work, thanks for sharing.
macjake (58782) 2013-08-16 18:29
well done my friend.
the final execution turned out a splendid photograph.
its fun to use the zoom durin exposures, you never know exactly what you're going to get.
I think the darkend black areas really helped here too, for that all important color contrast.
its as if the subject is on fire.
creative and fun
mcmtanyel (14917) 2013-10-09 7:03
I have been admiring this dance of the lights for a while now. I think it might appropriately be subtitled Whirling Dervish of Lights. Thanks for such a creative (and daring, for TE) photo.
lpi (4857) 2013-12-04 1:08
Wow l'effet est superbe !!!
Du très beau travail :)
- Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) (7630)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-08-00
- Categories: Daily Life, Festivals
- Camera: Canon T90
- Details: Tripod: Yes
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Fun At The Funfair II, Abstraction, Evening and after [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-15 4:59