I took this photo last summer, at Sea World in Orlando. I was trying to capture the motion and action of the “Manta” ride. Specifically I wanted to frame the action and produce a well-rounded image.

To achieve this, I used a number of techniques:

  • I framed the image, splitting it up into 2 main parts; The “Manta” s, and the ride itself. I was conscious of including a reasonable amount of sky to spread the image out and increase the amplitude of the colour present.
  • I also captured the falling water in the centre of the image, this addition bolsters the action and drama within the photo.
  • In terms of my settings I used a high shutter speed (1/400th second) to freeze the coaster train as it banks into its descent. The train fills most of the visible track, so the picture seems full of action, rather than isolating it to one specific point.

My Personal critique:

The colours in this picture are very rich, deep blues and bright whites permeate the image. Perhaps the colour is slightly too deep. A reduced saturation would make the photo seem more ‘real’

Framing and composure is exemplary; the “Manta” sign gives clarity to the image, explaining the subject well. It also separates the image into pieces without crowding the frame.

In terms of achieving its aim, I think this photo has done well. It capture the action clearly, displaying it clearly and effectively.

To improve: I would clean up some of the details, for instance the fern in the top left corner. This would simplify the image further.

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