This shot has been a nemesis of mine over the years. I’ve tried numerous times and always came away with a shot that just wasn’t quite there. Ultimately I think something like the 85 1.4g would be the best lens for this shot but I made due with the 70-200 2.8 instead. he looks I got getting on the ride with this lens was pretty hilarious though. Bonus: we got the front row. It was all good though, I always wear a rain jacket on Splash because I don’t enjoy getting wet and my wife had a large poncho on so when the big splash came I passed it off to here and she held it under the poncho. Hey, whatever works right? Anyway, the 70-200 pulled it out, and the VR certainly helped in getting these two nice and sharp.
Happy Fireworks Friday everyone. Here’s another shot from my very last minute setup for Wishes on our last night in Walt Disney World. I had finished shooting at Hollywood Studios and caught the bus with no real intention of actually making it to the Magic Kingdom in time to shoot wishes. As luck would have it though I did make it and found an OK spot to setup on Main Street. Funny enough these shots turned out to be some of my favorite firework shots of the whole trip!
Peter Pan’s Flight, a nemesis of many dark ride shooters. It’s the kind of ride where if you come away with even 1 good shot you can count it a success. Now I’ve shot this ride with 1.4 glass in the past and had success but this trip I was carrying 2.8 glass only. Still, I was hoping the D810’s improved auto focus would help me nail more shots. And I have to say it was quite the success. I came away with quite a few keepers from a single run through, far more than I ever had before. Next time I’ll make sure to bring some fast 1.4 glass which should make for some hopefully stunning results.
It has been a really really long time since I was able to shoot this scene with the dreamlights. And in fact the time I did the hub was littered with tons of equipment for the Christmas parade. I really like having the poinsettias in the flower bed to add some nice red color pop in contrast to the castle. I did do one thing different this time around that I hadn’t tried before was I did two brackets of 5 focus stacked. So 5 focused for Partners, and 5 for the castle. This actually made a huge difference in sharpness front to back compared to previous shots where I would focus somewhere in the middle or on the statue only. So it was a little bit of extra work for the final product but I think the gains were well worth it. Enjoy.
Last time I shot this was not long after they opened Dumbo in its new location. One of the things that was quite unique about the shot then is the sign across the middle hadn’t even been installed. It’s nice to have that unique shot but I wanted one with the sign now and made sure to get this one marked off the checklist. I decided to go especially wide and get the ‘ticket booths’ included as I felt it adds to the overall circus feel. I hope you enjoy it.
I really like this angle for the Mexico pavilion. It really makes it feel like you could be in the jungle as opposed to a theme park in Florida. I’m especially pleased how well the trees frame the pyramid and leave a little bit of space for a nice starry sky. Enjoy!
So interestingly enough I believe this is the first actual photo of the Canada pavilion that I’ve ever posted. That’s kind of funny because it is also home to my favorite restaurant on the Disney property Le Cellier. Le Cellier is also home to my favorite food possibly in the universe, poutine. If you’ve never had poutine before I suggest you remedy that as soon as possible. It is a divine food of fries, cheese and wine reduction sauce that transcends food itself to become an experience if you will. In fact I for one would prefer that henceforth instead of serving salad as a starter with every meal, salads world wide be replaced with poutine. I’ll gladly eat my fair share.
I’m a big fan of shooting directly into the sun and this side of the castle always makes for some great shots as the sun begins to set. With that in mind I try to make sure I’m on this side of the park near sunset. If the sunset is particularly good you can then easily chase it all the way over to Frontierland for some great shots as well. My only warning is be prepared for some flaring, which in my opinion actually adds some character. Enjoy.
As I’ve mentioned countless times my favorite side of the castle is the backside so I always try to spend a decent amount of time photographing it from different angles. I noticed this trip that with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train the amount of time available to shoot behind the castle after closing has increased. The great thing is they won’t kick everyone out until the rides are cleared and since the Mine Train seemingly takes a while to clear through the remaining guests in queue at close. That said once it’s clear they are ready for you to move through the castle in a hurry. Trade offs I suppose.
I tried something different for once and shot fireworks in the middle of Main Street USA with a telephoto lens. I actually got quite a few keepers. Now obviously for this shot my tripod got bumped when the fireworks beside the castle were going off but to be honest I don’t really think it affects the shot that much. I actually think it looks pretty cool. Plus I loved the burst at the top too much to throw it away. What do you think?