The spinning tea cups at Liseberg. The little girl had spotted me taking photographs and waved.
Liseberg is an amusement park located in Gothenburg, Sweden, that opened in 1923. It is one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia, attracting about 3 million visitors annually. The park itself has also been chosen as one of the top ten amusement parks in the world (2005) by Forbes Magazine.
How did I capture this?
There were three axes of rotation to deal with plus movement of the camera due to panning. I noticed that there were moments of time when a cup decelerated to a momentary stationary point and then accelerated again. I chose a cup as a subject and panned the camera with the movement of the subject until this stationary point occurred and then pressed the shutter. Panning through this point was still required because the cup did not remain stationary for 1/30 sec.
It was just luck that the little girl spotted me at the right moment.
See previous postings:
Spinning cups previous posting
First attempt with the cars ride
For the cars ride the motion occurred on multiple moving axes and planes of rotation. For that image I chose to use a shutter speed 1/100th second. I was not quite as successful with that one only because I did not persevere long enough.
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snunney (103207) 2014-08-13 5:14
Great shot this full of happiness and humour. Superb example of panning.
williewhistler (16404) 2014-08-13 6:17
such a happy scene very well captured with good feeling of movement and fun,it`s not always easy to get the subject as sharp and clear as this,well done.
All the best Les.
holmertz (56095) 2014-08-13 7:33
Jag blir mycket imponerad av den här bilden. Det är skickligt att fånga ögonkontakten med det lilla barnet som snurrar runt i sådan fart. Dessutom har du lyckats få så bra skärpa på den gula tekoppen samtidigt som du har perfekt rörelseoskärpa runt omkring. Kvinnan och de två barnen befinner sig verkligen i stormens öga.
annjackman (21899) 2014-08-13 10:03
I love the fun conveyed in this photo. A great sense of movement by using a fairly slow shutter speed. Well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
rbassin (23977) 2014-08-13 10:09
une composition très intéressante, il y a de la joie et du mouvement.
Très bonne exécution, et bonne profondeur.
CLODO (35126) 2014-08-13 10:14
Superb sharpness in a moving world, we feel the acceleration by the smiling lady's hairaccompagning her children.
saxo042 (37908) 2014-08-13 12:40
En helt perfekt tagen bild, man riktigt känner den vilt snurrande rörelsen "koppen", de tre personerna som utsätts för rotationen är fångade med perfekt skärpa, Bra färger dessutom!
willperrett (11440) 2014-08-14 12:08
This is a very well-grabbed, unposed spontaneous photograph. I'm trying to work it out. The background displays movement blur, but the spinning (?) teacup doesn't. Does that mean that you were also in a spinning teacup, doing similar revolutions to the subjects? I'm intrigued.
Royaldevon (40988) 2014-08-16 1:01
This is a most enjoyable shot!
It's difficult not to smile when you see others with happy faces!
I just love how you have managed to get such a clear shot of the cup and occupants whilst still maintaining the sense of movement from the motion blur! This is what you call a 'breakthrough' as you observed the ride and the conditions.
Have a lovely w/e,
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-08-17 0:23
Hello Trevor - Another remarkable spinning teacup shot. Full of movement this is very well managed. I like the colour contrasts and bright areas of lightness.
jemaflor (100085) 2014-08-18 23:19
Excellent dynamic result very well managed and taken with a good sharpness for people,tfs.
tyro (26138) 2014-08-20 2:24
I love this picture but I think I probably enjoyed reading your wonderfully in-depth note even more! On TE I find that notes can often be more inspiring than some of the photographs although not many people, sadly, write such interesting notes as you have here. And I also find that I learn so much by trying to compose notes for my own pictures too - as I am sure you do as well.
Your description of these spinning teacups and how you managed to photograph them so expertly here is most intriguing and it reminds me very much of Einstein's introductory notes on Relativity - the example of two people playing table tennis on a moving train and how they and their ball are perceived by a person standing motionless beside the railway track.
So this shows that you certainly did take time to observe what was going on, you analysed the motion of these swirling teacups and their occupants, and you came up with a solution of how to photograph these people at a point when they became, essentially, motionless for a split second.
Yes, Trevor, this is a very inspired shot and now I kick myself because I was at a similar (though small) fairground just two or three weeks ago, saw these teacups and never even had thought to try to photograph people in them. Silly me.
Anyway, after all that, this is a lovely photograph, the teacup and its occupants perfectly captured in happy mood - and the little girl waving at you is definitely the icing on the cake. Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and excellent details and sharpness against a lovely blurred background.
- Copyright: Trevor Moffiet (trevormoffiet) (3112)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-07-15
- Categories: Daily Life, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Olympus OMD EM5, Olympus M Zuiko 12-50mm 1:3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/14.0, 1/30 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-08-13 4:57