Fantasyland Rides in One Second

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Last week I showed you a few on ride photos. This week I want to expand on the motion aspect but from the outside of a moving ride.

Returning at night to the Mad Tea Party (aka the Tea Cups) in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, I setup my camera with a Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens on a tripod as close to the rail as I could. I found an one second shutter speed produced a good exposure at 100 ISO with an f/5 aperture.

Mad Tea Party at night in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Mad Tea Party at rest in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0.

I then waited for the ride to start up and get to full speed and took another photo.

Mad Tea Party in motion at night in Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Mad Tea Party in motion in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0.

I bet you did not think just one second would make such a difference.

After seeing the results at the Tea Cups, I moved over to Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland’s Storybook Circus. I repeated the same exposure on a stopped Dumbo ride.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant at night in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant at rest in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1s, f/5, ISO 200, EV 0.

Then again after the ride got up to speed.

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant in motion at night in Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Dumbo, the Flying Elephant in motion in Fantasyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0.

Wow! What a difference!

While I was using a tripod and would recommend it. One second exposures are not very long. If you propped your camera onto the railings surrounding the rides and used a wide angle lens, you could get similar results at one second or shorter exposure times.





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