The Spinner 360 is a camera that's all about fun and crazy perspectives, so it should be perfect as a companion in amusement parks, right?
Just keep a couple of general guidelines in your head and take your Spinner to the max! Guaranteed to score you some wild panoramic shots!
The Spinner360 was my first ever analogue camera, it basically served as an entry drug, a gateway to the world of analog photography, and it isn’t hard to see why. Looks cool, crazy pictures, something you haven’t seen before, it gets anyone’s attention without even trying. Now, my first couple of shots were pretty standard and I was having a lot of fun with my new toy, but I immediately felt like I could take it a step further. A couple of weeks later, the carnival came to town and one attraction caught my eye, it was this huge rotating arm, with the seats rotating separately, looping around high in the sky. Rock&Roll, it was called, and I just knew I had to try my Spinner in that thing.
So one sunny evening after work I attached the wristband from my digital camera to the Spinner (there’s a handy thingy for that at the bottom of the handle, use it unless you want your precious toy to smash to pieces on the carnival ground!), I taped the wristband to my arm for good measure and went out for some proper Rock&Rolling. The people working the ride looked kind of funny at me, and after agreeing that obviously it was at my own risk I climbed aboard for a wild couple of minutes. I loved it! Pulling the cord, making 360 degree shots while upside down gave me such an amazing rush!
Everyone I told my adventure to was skeptical! And when I finally got my results back, drum roll please… I showed it to them and in short my first spinning Spinner shots were a great success!
I always wanted to do more stuff like this, but a rainy autumn and a ridiculously long and cold winter came along and postponed my plans for a bit. But finally, in September, I found some free time and went to Bobbejaanland, a really nice theme park in Lichtaart, Belgium. It’s kinda family friendly, but they have a bunch of cool rides and a nice atmosphere, I never get bored of going there. The weather wasn’t all sunhine-y, but it’s not like I had a choice. Good thing the Spinner was coming along, no questions about it!
So here we go, a shot from the Speedy bob, a wild mouse coaster, some shots from the Typhoon, by far the wildest ride they got over there, and a bit of a failed shot while riding the Sledgehammer, an amazingly fun ride, but by then the Spinner had given up, after all the G-forces…
So, what have we learned?
- As usual, a wrist strap is kind of essential, just to be sure. You don’t want your camera flying away and smashing to bits on the floor, or worse, someone’s head.
- Next, think about where you want to be in the shot. This is a basic Spinner tip, but in this case, you won’t have a lot of time to think it through.
- If you want to be in the middle of your shot, make sure the starting position of the camera is pointing away from you! Also, and this might come across as a bit silly, but remember where the Spinner cord is when you need to pull, and maybe hold it in advance.
- Last but not least, mind the G-forces! The Rock&Roll shots were taken high at the top of the ride, at this point you aren’t moving rapidly, which works perfectly for the Spinner.
Don’t worry, this thing can take some bumps and speedy drops, but sometimes enough is enough. In the tight turns of the Typhoon, the camera started spinning on its own due to the lateral Gs, which explains some choppy parts of my pictures. At really high speeds you’ll get some blur in your shots as well, even with the relatively fast “shutter time” of your Spinner.
That Typhoon looping shot came right after the first big drop, and at that speed I had major difficulty trying to get to the cord, only made the shot just in time. I was grasping at it like an idiot, and I couldn’t stop laughing afterwards. Another thing, vertical spins work best for me. Amusement park rides have a lot of vertical moments. You might be pretty high up, and especially in rides where your feet dangle freely through the air – it adds a cool element to your pictures, in my opinion.
After one Typhoon ride, the camera was done for the day. Don’t worry, my Spinner is still in top shape after my wild day, it just needed some love.
So is this what the Spinner was made for? Maybe not exactly, but it’s a lot of fun! And is going a bit crazy with your photographs not one of the things Lomography stands for?
In the beginning of November I’ll be going to Alton Towers, an amazing amusement park in the UK. I was crazy about this park when I was a rollercoaster-obsessed little kid, but never got to go because it’s not exactly an easy trip from my home. Now, finally I get to live one of my childhood dreams, and you can be pretty damn sure I’ll be bringing my Spinner to the home of the legendary Oblivion. If you want to be notified when I get these pictures, like the article, I’ll mention you in a comment when I get the new stuff.
Now get out there, the Spinner 360 isn’t a camera that likes lying around, go crazy!
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