I’ve got another dark ride shot today showing off the Nikon 28 1.4. I have shot dark rides with the Nikon 24 1.4, Nikon 35 1.4, Sigma 24 1.4 and Sigma 35 1.4 and I like the Nikon 28 better than all of them. The focal length is pretty perfect for nearly ever dark ride and the image quality from this thing just has the ‘it’ factor. Even straight out of camera I’m just loving the results of the photos it produces. Today’s shot was taken on the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean. I only got to ride it once during our visit (stupid ride breakdowns!!!!) but that’s all I needed to get nearly every scene perfectly captured with
Trying to get back into processing my shots I decided to dive back into my huge set of unprocessed Disneyland shots again. For the time being I’m finding editing these more stimulating than my Walt Disney World shots simply because Disneyland still feels very fresh and new to me. I’ve only visited once after all and I’ve actually long ago lost count of how many visits I have to Walt Disney World. Anyway, here is a shot of the sunset and Sleeping Beauty Castle. Enjoy!
I don’t do many shots that involve a lot of empty space but I figure every thousand shots or so I can allow myself one. As I noticed the golden light from the sunset behind me hitting the Tomorrowland sign and the moon up above I wanted to create a composition that included both. At the time all my gear was packed away in a locker except for the lens I had on camera, the Nikon 28 1.4. With that in mind this was the first and only composition I attempted for this shot. Despite its simplicity I am very pleased with the end result and the final color palette enhanced by the warm colors of the sunset against the approaching blue hour sky.
When shooting a photo that I’ve done before I always try to find a way to do it a bit differently or include a new element to give it a new spin. Otherwise, what’s the point in shooting the same shot again? Here I shot at an angle to include the moon which is an element I had not included with both the fountain and Spaceship Earth before.
This is the final shot in my Happily Ever After series. This was my first time seeing the show but assumed the finale would be the craziest moment of all. Anticipating this I went from f5.6 to f11. My final spec for this shot was then f11, ISO 64 and 15 seconds in bulb mode with my 3 stop B+W ND filter.
Here’s shot number 2 in my 3-part series from shooting Happily Ever After. I opted to shoot with my Nikon 24-70 2.8 using a 3 stop B+W ND filter. I really like using a 3 stop ND filter for fireworks as I feel like it has the perfect stopping power for shooting fireworks with a bit longer shutter. I did use a 6 stop for a while which is great for some REALLY long exposures but found often times there were so many bursts captured it just became a mess of color. For this shot I’m at f5.6, ISO 64 and shooting bulb mode I did 15 seconds for this shot.
It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a firework shot but a new show definitely peaks my interest for shooting them. The new Happily Ever After show is pretty impressive. The amount of pyro combined with the lasers and projections is really something you have to see in person. I may be in the minority of this, but I also appreciated the lack of a parade before the fireworks. This made waiting and getting a good spot much easier than I ever experienced with Wishes. Today enjoy the 1st of my 3 part series, Happily.
Typically, when life gives me a puddle I lay down in it and take a picture. When life doesn’t give any puddles however, sometimes you have to find the next best thing. These Leave a Legacy “monuments” at Epcot’s entrance do nicely with providing a bit of reflection and adding additional interest to the photo. Add in a beautiful sunset and a passing monorail and I think you’re in business. These elements all reflect very well on the top of the Leave a Legacy monolith. The gold reflection on Spaceship Earth is the final icing on the cake.
It certainly felt good this past week to be back at Walt Disney World. It had been more than a year since our last visit and although we visited Disneyland in that break, Walt Disney World is the place that still holds all the wonderful nostalgic feelings for me. Most exciting of all for this trip however was the chance to finally see Pandora – The World of Avatar. It’s truly something else to see in person. The pictures really don’t do it justice (yet here I am trying to do it justice via my own photo….) Flight of Passage is a seriously amazing ride though I’m glad we had fastpasses and did not have to wait the posted 180 minutes for it. The Navi River ride however we did not get to ride due to the waits, so I’ll have to wait till next time to comment on it. Until then, enjoy this photo of the floating mountains as day on Pandora fades into night.