The hardest part of the fun fair

There is a big ferris wheel on Mühleplatz in Thun at the moment and seeing it in the distance through the long lens of my camera when I was taking this photo reminded me to get over there and photograph it.

I’m an old hand at long exposure photos and I like the effect of fun fair rides in motion: varying exposure lengths combined with varying movement creates photos with blur where it counts.

From subtle movement…

Thun, Switzerland

…to more extreme effects.

Thun, Switzerland

The hardest part of photographing the ferris wheel last night proved to be that the operator didn’t want to stop the wheel from moving. Even when it appeared to be stationary, closer inspection showed that it was actually still rotating very slowly. An exposure time of between 2 and 4 seconds was just long enough to show the movement, and it took me half an hour of waiting to capture the wheel when it was completely static.