My goal was to capture what it was like to be a child at play, spinning and swinging without a care in the world.
Getting a playground all to myself on a nice day had been impossible since I first attempted this project in February.
Then last week I noticed that conditions were perfect, but once I got to work on these photos I quickly found out why--when it's in the upper 90s and sunny the metal on a merry-go-round or swing chain will burn your skin.
For the photographers: The merry-go-round is really spinning--it's not Photoshop. I used 2 ND4s and a CP filter to get the shutter speed slow enough to blur the background. I was also really swinging. Getting effects with camera techniques are preferable both for the challenge and for authenticity, in my opinion.