Since I seem to have the captive audience now that my last update made the front page, might as well get these pics uploaded so you guys can enjoy them as much as I have!
I do need to preface all this by saying that TPR user Real's photo TR of Windseeker from a few weeks ago (viewable here
) is what gave me the motivation to try taking these night time shots of Windseeker. Please go there, check out his pictures, and comment on them, as well! While I think the pictures I took turned out VERY well, his blow mine away! So please also give him his due credit!
Alright, and now onto the main attraction. I have to say, the lighting package on this ride at night is nothing short of incredible. I really, really hope they maintain the look of this ride for years to come, and I imagine it shouldn't be difficult with LEDs being the light source. You can see this thing at night from forever far away (at least as far away as Kelleys Island, it was clearly visible from the waterfront over there). As far as taking the long-shutter photos of the ride itself at night, I really can't explain the "Tetris" effect that occurs on many of these shots. It only did it when the ride was slowing down, my guess is the segmented nature of the LEDs and the extra time that the camera had to pick up on the colors were part of the reason. Some of these pictures look like a UFO, while others look like something out of a crazy 3D movie. It's far and away the most fun I've had taking pictures at an amusement park.
For those of you wondering, the shutter speed on all of these was four seconds, and it seemed to be pretty spot on for what I needed. I implore any of you with cameras that can take pictures like this to go out to the Point and try them out for yourself!