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It's been over a year since I've gone to a park other than my home park so I was really anxious to get out for once.

 

We left St. Louis around 5am and got to Worlds of Fun at 9am. Gas for $2.56 in Boonesville MO! Once the park opened we headed for Prowler. When we got there, however, the line attendant told us that maintenance had yet to run their safties. We headed for Mamba, same story. Being that it was opening weekend, I understand that it happens but it was still a little annoying. They ended up running one train on all coasters for the entire day. Mamba had one train on its transfer along with patriot and prowler. Timber Wolf only seemed to have one train period. Crowds were light so lines were 10-15 minute waits. I forgot how much it pains me to wait for 1-train cycles.

 

Its amazing how much of a difference there is between a morning ride and an evening ride, both on Mamba and Prowler. I liked prowler best in the second row. I've heard the back is the best but it did more for me towards the front. The finish is awesome, maybe even better than Ozark Wildcats' bang bang ending.

 

Anyways, on to the pictures. It was cloudy all day but I hope you still like them!

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If I remember correctly, to save design/constuction time B&M simply used a copy of Silver Bullet's station for Patriot. It doesn't fit the theme, but who really cares? I love WoF and Patriot is my favorite ride there. Color scheme is perfect and that white racing strip is damn sexy if you ask me. I wonder why that hasn't caught on more. I'll be returning to WoF in 3 weeks, so of course this TR has me even more pumped about it.

 

Amazing pics. I'm sure Larry will steal more than a few for the Park Index. Very well done.

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If I remember correctly, to save design/constuction time B&M simply used a copy of Silver Bullet's station for Patriot. It doesn't fit the theme, but who really cares? I love WoF and Patriot is my favorite ride there. Color scheme is perfect and that white racing strip is damn sexy if you ask me. I wonder why that hasn't caught on more. I'll be returning to WoF in 3 weeks, so of course this TR has me even more pumped about it.

 

Amazing pics. I'm sure Larry will steal more than a few for the Park Index. Very well done.

 

Patriot really is an awesome ride. It's definitely the smoothest invert I can recall. That zero-g is just perfect from any seat. LOVE it! WoF has really taken care of that ride.

 

Nosferatu, thanks! I shoot with a Nikon D40 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. Both are super cheap and slow I shoot in RAW and then edit to taste. Glad you enjoyed them!

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Wow, those are some superb pictures! Thank you very much for sharing them. Worlds of Fun looks like a really fun park that I would definitely like to check out someday. Drove past it once on a work trip, but that's as close as I've gotten. Patriot looks fantastic! Again, very nicely done!!

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Nosferatu, thanks! I shoot with a Nikon D40 18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses. Both are super cheap and slow I shoot in RAW and then edit to taste. Glad you enjoyed them!

 

Well that is an really awesome camera compared to its price! But if you get the money, I can really recommend buying a better one I recently bought a D90, and it is awesome. Its incredibly fast, and I haven't regretted it a bit. Still, it cost quite a lot (I bought it a bit cheaper here in Singapore). And the editing turned out pretty good in those shots. I like the colors in most of them Anyways, its not the camera but the photographer that influence the quality the most Great pictures, looking forward to your next report!

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I agree with everyone else; you are really quite good at photography. Your pictures are all so clear and very well framed--and the track close-ups appealed to my nerdiness, so extra kudos! I also love the close-up shots of people's faces; you never know what priceless expressions you'll capture.

 

Thanks for sharing these! They're really convincing me that I should make that drive out to Kansas City this summer.

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Well that is an really awesome camera compared to its price! But if you get the money, I can really recommend buying a better one I recently bought a D90, and it is awesome. Its incredibly fast, and I haven't regretted it a bit. Still, it cost quite a lot (I bought it a bit cheaper here in Singapore). And the editing turned out pretty good in those shots. I like the colors in most of them Anyways, its not the camera but the photographer that influence the quality the most Great pictures, looking forward to your next report!

 

The D90 is great! I'm definitely glad I made the switch to SLR a couple years back. It's really been a lot of fun to experiment with all the different options available. I'm actually looking to buy a Canon 7D and 5DMarkII this winter. My mother and I shoot wedding videos ( www.capturesinframes.com ) on the side and we're really interested in the video capabilities in the new SLRs.

 

You're absolutely right about the skill set required by the photographer. An SLR is simply a fancy point and shoot until you go into manual mode and begin to understand what exposure, shutter speed, f-stop, and ISO really mean. I've seen photographers do stunning work with nothing more than a disposable camera. I don't mean to toot my horn at all here. People are always surprised when I tell them I shoot wedding videos with a cheap Sony consumer camcorder. Again though, as long as you understand what is going on inside the camera you can really make a photo/video shine in editing.

 

Again though, thanks for the kind comments! I loved shooting Patriot, the colors are great. I can't get over how curvy those damn B&Ms are! They're like one big transition for the entire circuit.

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