WARNING: Viewing large can make some people dizzy and smiley. Go for it.
This is an older picture but Popular Photo Magazine is featuring it on a "How To" tutorial on their January issue so I'm bumping it to the top of my stream to thank them and to thank all of you at Flickr!
There is nothing that my three-year-old daughter Pia loves more than me spinning her around (ok, maybe chocolate). She likes to go fast and she can take over 40 turns before we go down together for a crash landing.
Mi trick for spinning so long is to focus my gaze directly on her and disregard the rest of the spinning visual field. So I just had to take a picture of exactly what I see as we are spinning around: set exposure to 1/60 to 'freeze' her face but blur the background, prefocused manually and started spinning while looking through the viewfinder....
After each spinning session, we are both so dizzy that the game is to see who can stand on their feet first. I've never won : ).
Note: This is NOT an effect: we are really spinning. Only mild color
correction, sharpening and croping in photoshop.
Note2: Don't try this at home unless you are willing to crash land with a toddler on one hand and your camera on the other.
Note3: From the side it looks something like:
but with one hand on the camera.
6/22/2009 at 23:49:57 : Originally posted.
10/03/2009 : WOW! This is my first picture to ever reach 1000+ Views and 100+ Favs! Thanks everyone!
1/07/2010 : Popular Photo featured this image on their January issue so I bumped the image back to my stream's head.
1/12/2010 : Breaks 3,000 views, 400 favorites, 400 comments! Thank you so much everyone!
3/1/2010: Breaks 5,000 views, 500 favs!
8/26/2010: Featured in a "Raising Happiness" article: greatergood.berkeley.edu/raising_happiness/post/hurry_up_...
10/21/2010: Breaks 10,000 views.
6/19/2011: This picture was featured on Flicker's Blog! What a wonderful father's day gift.