Great Movie Ride HDR at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Today is my birthday and I am going to indudge myself with photographic candy.

Late afternon at Disney’s Hollywood Studios means the Sun is behind The Great Movie Ride or GMR, for short. Especially, in early December when I was there last. I sure was not going to let the cloud filled sky go to waste. No sir! Instead, I took a series of five photos in a bracketed set covering the -2EV to +2EV range of exposures. My camera (Nikon D750) can be set up to bracket from 3 to 9 images at a time in any interval I want. Saves me a lot of time as I do not have to adjust my camera after each shot. I do have to remember to take it out of bracketing mode once I am done.

I then brought the five photos into Photomatix Pro. Photomatix Pro merges the photos into one image before creating a set of images to choose from processed in various ways. I selected the one you see below as I liked how it emphasized the clouds in the sky and popped the colors of the GMR building.

HDR image of The Great Movie Ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

High Dynamic Range (HDR) image of The Great Movie Ride.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1100, 28mm focal length.

I cropped the image into a 16×9 HD crop, sat back and enjoyed the candy.

Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

7 Replies to “Great Movie Ride HDR at Disney’s Hollywood Studios”

  1. That is a great photo, Scott. I have always wanted to get a good pic of the Chinese Theater without people walking through it. No easy feet, given that is a main artery for traffic.

    Scott replies: My guess is you would have to wait until after park close to get such a photo, Jeff. But, who sleeps when on vacation at WDW, anyway? 😉

  2. Hello Scott
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY for the 19th – that’s my birthday too!!! I hope you had a really good day. I had a fabulous birthday but I was far too far away from WDW (in the UK). One year I want to be in WDW on my birthday – however, it usually coincides with the school half term holiday over here and I believe it is also always near or on Presidents Day in the USA – so I assume WDW might be quite busy at that time. It is my intention to have visited WDW during all months – I’ve been fortunate to have visited all months except January, February, March and April to date.

    Scott replies: Hello to a fellow February 19th Birthday! Glad you had a great day. So did I.

    Yes, the week our birthday usually falls in coincides with President’s Week holiday. WDW is VERY busy. I suggest going early in the month OR the week after which is not as busy.

  3. Happy Birthday! Hope it was filled with pixie dust. I’ve never written before but I have been enjoying your posts for quite a few years now. Keep up the amazing work, I really enjoy your posts!

    Scott replies: Thank you, Andree! It helps to know people are enjoying the blog.

  4. Hi Scott –

    Happy Birthday!! I always enjoy your amazing photos – they’re always so bright and colorful. Enjoy your special day!

    – Jeff

    Scott replies: Thanks, Jeff! I did!

  5. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Scott, I wish you the best birthday ever!!! I am glad I can enjoy your candy too! Lol, fabulous picture!!! It’s just perfection 🙂

    As they say in WDW, Have a magical day!!

    Becky**

    Scott replies: I will, Becky! Thank you!

  6. Happy Birthday! I enjoy your photos so much. They always bring a smile to my face.

    Scott replies: Thank you so much for the compliment!

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