Relativity and photography

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    The theory of relativity states that the perceived speed of an object is relative to other speeds of other objects--there is no absolute speed per se.

    In this case, even though the carousel is going at a nice slow speed for the kids, we can make it seem like a hellish tornado of movement by just making the camera go slower through a long exposure.

    By NOT using a tripod, the nonlinearities in my muscular control lead to chaotic-like variations in the circles, which add to the organic and emergent nature of the image...

    Plus, orange light is cool.

    ♥ Hazed ♥, aimeeern, ~lala~(Lisa), and 70 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. oybay© 64 months ago | reply

      I always thought if you had a relative in the business...

    2. sciencesque 64 months ago | reply

      "Best notify my next of kin,
      This wheel shall explode!"

    3. zhushman 64 months ago | reply

      great and scary..

    4. loydyoo 64 months ago | reply


    5. Smodger 64 months ago | reply

      Nice! I never would have guessed it was a carousel. I also have to thank you for pointing out to me the possibility of having non-linearities in my muscular control: sounds fun and I shall have to experiment more with it.

    6. Michael Skelton 64 months ago | reply

      That looks so cool. I am such a stickler for precision, I would probably never think to do a long exposure like this without a tripod. I should open up a little and realize that there areno mistakes in photography just opportunities.

    7. Tom Jaynes 64 months ago | reply

      KD, I totally agree.

    8. ExeDave 64 months ago | reply

      Wonderful motion capture!
      Seen in some comments. (?)

    9. GioPhotos 64 months ago | reply

      hahaha...Brilliant idea!

    10. kaleun12 64 months ago | reply

      Amazing picture, great idea. Did you try photoshopping the lower left corner black and then turn it upside down? Hellish tornado indeed! But really awesome the way it is as well. Love it.

    11. LukeOlsen 64 months ago | reply

      Nice long exposure... I like how it makes it look like fire.

    12. isihija 64 months ago | reply

      Great pic!

    13. fraghorst 64 months ago | reply

      Unglaublich stark, wie ein Flammenmeer.

      So great, like hot flames …

    14. birgerking 45 months ago | reply

      Hi Kevin,
      great shot! Used it in my blog post, a discussion about the speed of media:

      Thank you!

    15. mloyolarivera 38 months ago | reply

      This photo is a good sample in the flickr. It is awarded the flickr Award!

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