More Walt Disney World Ride Photography

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

It has been awhile since I addressed the topic of photographing on a ride at Walt Disney World. First and foremost, you must…MUST…safely secure your camera so neither you or anyone else on the ride will be harmed. I would say this is one kind of photography, you will not be able to use a smart phone camera with unless it is a very calm ride.

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in the Magic Kingdom’s Frontierland is not a calm ride. I made sure to wrap my camera strap around my body and wrist to get a good tight grip.

Guest riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Guests riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Frontierland.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/3.2, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 16mm Focal Length.

When doing ride photography, I put my camera in Shutter Priority shooting mode so I can control how fast or slow the camera’s shutter operates. For Big Thunder, I went with a fast shutter of 1/250th of a second to get sharp photos with little to no blurring from movement.

In contrast, Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus at the Magic Kingdom is what I would call a “calm” ride. It is the perfect ride to introduce a very young Disney fan to the fun of motion.

Young family riding Dumbo the Elephant in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Young family riding Dumbo the Elephant in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/2-120VR, 1/50s, f/20, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Notice I went with a slower shutter speed of 1/50th of a second as I wanted to show blurry movement behind the Dumbo ride vehicle. While it is not a fast ride, it sure looked like it here. Since I was moving as fast as the trailing vehicle, it was in sharp focus.

Young family riding Dumbo the Elephant in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Young family riding Dumbo the Elephant in Fantasyland.
Nikon D750/2-120VR, 1/50s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 66mm Focal Length.

By zooming in a bit, the motion is even more pronounced. Seemingly, the little one is not impressed. Well, maybe next time he will be!

For more information on how to photograph while on a moving ride, click here –> Photographing While Riding at Walt Disney World





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