Taking pictures in the best amusement park in the world.

In 2009 I signed up for a 4 month student work-and-travel program in the United States. There was a list of places I could chose from and I was more than thrilled to see that Cedar Point, the amusement park, which has been awarded for "Best Amusement Park in the World" for the past 14 years, was one of the options. A hardcore roller coaster fan, I spent exactly 5 seconds to make my desicion. I spent an amazing summer in the park, I got the best job (in my opinion), working at the steam train that went around the park. But above all, it was an amazing place for photography. I spent every single day off I had wandering around the park with the camera in my hand. There were so many rides, so many points of view, so many details that at the end of the summer I had this unpleasant feeling that I didn't take full advantage of what the park was offering me from photography perspective. So I decided to go back in 2010. I'm probably the first student to go on a work-and-travel program not because of the money or for the traveling, but for the single purpose of taking photographs of roller coasters :) But I was quite obsessed with photographing the rides in the park and I was stuck with the idea to shoot them the best possible way. There were constant walks around the roller coasters, as if they were my models, looking for the best position and light to take the shots. I always looked suspicious to the security guys who even though knew I was a employee, couldn't figure out what was I doing with my camera all the time and why the hell I am not riding the best roller coasters in the world, but photographing them. So, if you happen to go to Cedar Point and you are a photographer and have a thing for roller coasters, you'll either miss all the fun or end up with great photos.

More images in my Cedar Point collection.

Ferris wheel

People on roller coaster

Motion blurred roller coaster

Roller coaster in amusement park

Roller coaster

Photo credits: Grigor Atanasov.
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July 12, 2013

Beautiful images, I love roller coasters!


August 03, 2012

And I was thinking this was on Privyat :-)


July 21, 2012

You must have had a blast- looks amazing!


July 14, 2012

Wow, Wonderful images!


July 11, 2012

Hey, Groovychick, all animal images in my portfolio are from the Toledo zoo :)


July 11, 2012

I grew up in Toledo, OH and Cedar Point was our family's favorite place to go for a weekend vacation. I grew up riding all the best roller coasters. It would be fun to go back and photograph the park but I'm not brave enough to ride the roller coasters anymore.


July 11, 2012

Really great images!


July 10, 2012

Great pics and impressive sales on some as well! Cheers! M


July 10, 2012

Beautiful images!


July 10, 2012

Wonderful images! It looks like a ton of fun there. Thanks for posting.


July 10, 2012

Excellent set of pics. Well done!!!


July 10, 2012

I love amusement parks - congratulations to your good work!


July 10, 2012

"Carowind" - a top amusement park nearby doesn't allow picture taking. I quess there are some that will and some that won't. Great pic by the way.


July 10, 2012

amazing picture you've made.. i like them much.. :D


July 10, 2012

You have created a wonderful experience, your pictures are really interesting, colors and composition are perfect, you did a excellent work!


July 09, 2012

Thanks, I'm with you - I like roller coasters and never leave my camera at home when I go to amusement parks.