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.
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.
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