Thursday, June 17, 2010

#562. Wild Ride

Taken this past weekend on the Galveston seawall. You and a friend sit in a chair latched to the ground while bungee cords are pulled tight. Then the latch is released and you are thrown, basically out of control, 100' in the air. Sheer acceleration followed by abrupt bouncing and spinning. And it's higher than it looks! I only watched! :-)

Title: "Wild Ride"

Camera / Lens: Canon 5D Mark II / Canon 24-105mm L zoom
Post-processing: Photomatix Pro (HDR from one raw image) > Photoshop CS4 > Topaz Adjsut plugin > NIK Viveza plugin


David A. said...

Whoa...I'd like to try it.

Larry said...

I like the shot but I do think the P/U in the foreground is a little distracting. This must of been at the end of the ride in order to get multiple exposures w/o movement for your HDR, right?

Barry Armer said...

Thanks David and Larry!

Larry - This was a "psuedo-HDR" generated by Photomatix from one Raw image. This ride was never still enough to get a traditional three exposure HDR set.


Cindi said...

That is a really dramatic image! Makes me a little queasy just looking at it. I really like your composition and that fantastic sky. Are the riders both wearing red? Maybe it is just cushioning for the ride, but it works to make them stand out well. I do agree with Larry that if the truck was not in the foreground it would be even better...maybe just a composite with an empty foreground? Or use your extreme Photoshop skills and clone it out!

Barry Armer said...

Thanks Cindi!

Good eye! If I remember correctly both the chairs and harnesses are red.

I thought I could get away with leaving the truck because it kind of blends in with the other stuff at the bottom of the frame. That's why your comments are so valuable to me! :-)