The Ferris Wheel

So, I guess Prozac is sometimes prescribed for obsessive compulsive disorder. When I started taking it, I thought, hey, bonus! But I’m not sure how effective it’s been in that regard.

I took a picture of the ferris wheel at California Adventure with my cell phone a couple weeks ago. It was so pretty, all lit up and reflecting in the water. But before I had a chance to upload it, I had the thought that I could totally do better.

So, I went back a few nights later with my camera. Except the area was all blocked off for an event. I refused to give up. I went back last night and took my chance. Except, do you know how difficult it is to take pictures at night? Without a tripod? When you’re constantly concerned with who’s watching? Sometimes I hate myself.

I found a ledge to use, but it made taking pictures awkward and most of them came out looking rather boring. I turned to Photoshop, hoping I could crop/rotate to make them a bit more interesting. All I can say is… meh.

(Click any of the above to see larger.)

I only wish I didn’t feel the pressing need to try again. ‘Cause sometimes enough is enough, you know? And I wish I could just let it go.

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8 Responses to The Ferris Wheel

  1. Gayle says:

    I love these! It's so good to see your photography again. I've missed your beautiful images, Stephanie.

  2. MichelleSG says:

    They really are lovely photos. You know what the problem is don't you? When it comes to Disneyland there is nothing, NOTHING, that can compare to the real deal. If you've stood there in person looking at it, several times, then you're never going to be happy with a 2D photo. You just aren't.

  3. Debbie W says:

    I think your photographs are wonderful! And I think Michelle is right….photos are great when you get home for memories and what not, but there is always that something missing. Everyone on the east coast always goes to the one in Florida, but I wanted to go to the real deal, the original…so I went to California in 2003. We loved it, especially California Adventure. My girls didn't want to leave. We stayed at the Annabella Hotel in a room facing the parks and walked miles and miles all over the parks. Sorry…didn't mean to go on, but it was the best vacation ever! Your photographs made me smile!! šŸ™‚

  4. rory says:

    Stephanie, stephanie, stephanie.You know there ain't no way to just let it go, right? That it ain't happenin'?That it's our curse- that it's what courses through us and pushes and pulls us relentlessly?That it's the bestest and coolest thing and aren't we just sooo fucking LUCKY?I think maybe yes.

  5. Angry Asian says:

    you're kidding, cus these images are gorgeous. but i know what you mean about having that naggling feeling of trying again. i used to blame it on being asian but now it know it's just that i don't like to fail. and there is nothing wrong with that.i'm glad you're taking pix again.

  6. The Hat Chick says:

    My favorite one has the reflection in the water. Glad to see you are out taking pictures. There's nothing wrong with perfectionism, you know!

  7. Christine says:

    The second one down is my absolute favorite!! I love how clear the reflection looks in the water!

  8. LambAround says:

    I just found you through BlogHer. I'm loving your layout and photos so far! šŸ™‚

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