Archive for the ‘Zippin Pippin’ Category

Six images

We’ve had early morning fog here for four of the past ten days, so I think my posts for the next two weeks will reflect that.

Unless I see something else all shiny.

Or a squirrel.

But right now, our theme for the next several posts will be “Fog.”

Bay Beach Amusement Park,  7:00 Saturday morning,  well before the park opened and the Labor Day weekend crowds began to arrive.


This is the Zippin Pippin, a classic wooden roller coaster.



The fog provided a spectacular filter and I had my exposure dialed up to account for it. Generally the wood has a warm golden tone but that was negated by the fog and I saw no reason to attempt to recapture that color.


My favorite thing about the Pippin is the structure itself: the framework, the hardware, and the wood grain. If you have time, click on the pictures for a larger view. Then you can see what I mean about the wood.


Yes, I have ridden the Zippin Pippin–exactly once–and the crazed litany that passed through my lips for the entire ride would have done a sailor proud.


Yesterday’s post was a quick history of the Zippin Pippin, Green Bay’s wooden roller coaster with Elvis Presley connections. I wanted to give some big context shots first, then zero in on construction details from under the Pippin.

Today, I offer the details with little narrative. (I say that now, but I’ll be inserting opinions as I go…can’t help myself.)

Choosing which pictures to share turned out to be far harder than I thought. I was looking for lines, for angles, wood grain, metal plates, bolts,  and the Zippin Pippin site provides all of that and more.

I really like this next one: wood, bolts, angles ? Check.  A nice bit of internal curve? Check.  For a bonus: a shot of the tracks tucked in the center.

The final picture is so different from all the rest of the Pippin pics, I had to include it. I think it could stand nicely on its own.

You know this is part of a roller coaster, but a casual viewer wouldn’t.

Shooting pretty much right into the sun blew out the background, which I didn’t mind and I chose to keep the little sun flare in the right hand corner simply because I liked it.

I realized that I have a whole sub-set of ZP shots: shooting straight up into the scaffolding and the sky beyond creates some really interesting pictures. I’ll gather those for a future post.