View 25: Centrifugal Force

Centrifugal Force

Centrifugal force (from Latin centrum “center” and fugere “to flee”) is an apparent force acting outward from the axis of a rotating reference frame. In the case of the little boy above, he is learning how the moving ride is forcing him firmly against the side of the ride vehicle as it spins. This picture was taken at last weekend’s Jamesville Balloonfest where they had many carnival rides, games, gravity games, food and gift vendors.

When I was there, the weather and lighting wasn’t the best. The hot air balloons where inflated but did not launch. The scheduled balloon glow was also cancelled due to the threat of thunder storms a few miles west of the launching grounds. I did manage a few images…

Bearded Balloon Pilot Balloons being inflated Filling a hot air balloon

Left to right: Bearded Hot Air Balloon Pilot, Balloons being inflated, Filling a hot air balloon.

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4 Responses to View 25: Centrifugal Force

  1. JulieM says:

    Hi Scott. I found your blog through 365 Days and Learning. Your photos and the accompanying explanations are wonderful. When time permits, I will go back through your first six months. (I’d love to have your blog included in my RSS feed but can’t seem to find the way to add it.)


  2. stphoto says:

    I’m not sure if I did it correctly but I just added an RSS feed to the sidebar here. Let me know if it works. I’m not too versed in this web technology.

    Thank you for your comments. BTW, checked out your blog…very nice!


  3. JulieM says:

    Hi Scott, I got your RSS feed working now! Forgot to say initially that I love this centrifugal force image. Nice how you captured the motion in the part of the ride that is moving laterally and stopped (or nearly stopped) the motion in the part moving towards you. A function of shutter speed?


  4. stphoto says:


    The ride in it’s dual motion seems to almost come to a stop at the apex of this car’s motion. I took lots of shots with about three coming out like this. The little boy being pushed against the ride car’s side I thought would have the best interest here.

    Glad the RSS feed works now. I’ll move it up to the top of the sidebar now. Thank you for your help.



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