Finally, the submissions are in and we can show you our interpretations of Long Exposure work!
My first submission is an image of the ferris wheel on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, which also happens to be one of my fondest memories of the place. I had gone several years ago and really enjoyed the view from the top of the ride. It puts you high above most of the other buildings and lights and gives you a nice view of the main attraction – the Falls.
This image is actually a composite of two different images, layered and blended by hand. The short and long exposures of this image both had components I wanted in the final version, so it made sense to layer and mask, so I could have fine control over the fnal blend.
I contemplated desaturating this particular image, but in the end, decided the lights were indicative of the area the ferris wheel resides in (Clifton Hill) and the image was better with the color. Tourist demand has turned Clifton Hill into a fair-like atmosphere, with lots of bright lights and gimmicks. The Sky Wheel is a major feature of the tourist landscape and obviously, it’s own bright lights give it personality.
In the end, it is just a ferris wheel but the view of the Falls left a lasting impression. Sky Wheel, I salute…errr…photo you!