The gondola

With the exception of photographing a few snowflakes during the winter, the cameras have stayed on the shelf for WAY too long.  And I needed to get them back in my hands and back out shooting.

Trust me.  I’ve got an itch that only a camera can scratch.

Last Saturday, I packed my three-dimensional Nimslo camera – a film shooter that takes four simultaneous pictures, which can be converted into a magic-motion GIF or a lenticular physical print – and decided on a plan.

The plan was to smuggle the camera onto the Comet roller coaster at the Great Escape and take some way-awesome three-dimensional images of the hills and turns.

Mind you, this is dangerous.  I would never take my Nikon Df or Leica Green or the Rollei on such a crazy journey.

But a plastic, lightweight Nimslo camera … sure, why not?

So let’s see… parking – $30 for a good spot.  A ticket to the park – $65.  Yeesh, I’ve already spent nearly $100 and I haven’t even made it to the Comet.

I get there.  The Comet’s being tested for safety.  There’s a line.

Finally I get on the Comet.  Prime spot.  Front car.  Front seat.  I’m ready for pictures.

“You need to put that camera in the box over here,” an attendant said to me.

I half-heartedly asked if I could simply wrap the camera strap around my wrist.  No dice.

So if nothing else, I rode the Comet and there were no pictures for it.  And after riding the Comet, I realized that if I even tried to take pictures on such a fast coaster, my camera would have flown out of my hands faster than the money flying out of my wallet.


I tried some other rides – the swan boats, the Storytown train, nothing really captured a great three-dimensional image.

And at the last moment, I decided I would ride the gondola.  The gondola is a gentle ride that floats from one end of the old Storytown campus to the other.  And as long as you don’t spit over the rail, you’re okay.

I made it onto the ride.  I took some pictures, but the subjects were so far away, the three-dimensional perspective just wasn’t there.

And as my gondola was about to turn around and head back to the ride entrance…

Hey, wait a second.  There’s an empty gondola about to pass me.

If I get a shot of this …

Miller, stop talking “if” and start shooting “now”!

Sky Ride Gondola. Nimslo camera, Kodak Ektar 100 film. Photo (c) 2019 Chuck Miller, all rights reserved.

Okay.  There’s a few scuffies and scratches on the film, but I can work with that if I decide to take this picture to the next level.

But for now … I’ve got something here.

And for now … I’ve got my camera action flowing again.

Let’s keep this going.  Maybe I still have time to capture something amazing for Competition Season 2019.

I can only hope.