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Captain Hook and Mr. Smee to offer meet and greets as part of Peter Pan celebration

The Disney film Peter Pan premiered on February 5, 1953 and has continued to entertain guests to this day.  Disney is going to celebrate this beloved classic with a limited time Captain Hook and Mr. Smee meet and greet as well as some special photopass offerings.  Here’s the details: Continue reading Captain Hook and Mr. Smee to offer meet and greets as part of Peter Pan celebration

Worldwide Wednesday: White Rabbit at Disneyland Paris

Today Rob is presenting a great photo of the White Rabbit appearing in Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris!

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Worldwide Wednesday: Seven Dwarfs meet and greet

Today EuroRob is presenting a great photo of the Seven Dwarfs meeting together in Fantasyland.  In Walt Disney World, we only get to see them at hard ticket event parties like Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party and Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Continue reading Worldwide Wednesday: Seven Dwarfs meet and greet

What is Disney Early Morning Magic – Fantasyland and how much will it cost?

Yesterday on Disney’s website something called Disney Early Morning Magic began popping up under the dining tab.  I received a lot of questions about what it is.  Here’s the details:

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Some fun photos from Peter Pan’s Flight and taking photos on Disney Dark Rides

 

One of my recent interests is in attempting to take decent photos on Disney dark rides.  I own a Nikon D5200 which is a mid-grade consumer level camera and never could get decent photos in these rides.  I did a lot of research on camera settings and tried shooting with my 18-200mm lens, but they were never very good.  I see that most of the Disney dark ride photos are taken with REALLY expensive equipment, which I cannot afford, and odd are that you can’t either.  I have invested less than $1000 in my camera, a 18-200mm lens that is great for parades and shows and a 35mm lens for dark rides.

 

I wondered if it was possible to take pretty good shot on some of the really difficult rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion and Peter Pan’s Flight.  I ordered a 50mm f1.8 lens initially, but with the “crop sensor” camera I own, it was difficult to get a decent picture because it was bringing the object to close to me on the rides.

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I wanted to take a good shot, but didn’t want to spend a lot of money.  I found the Nikon Nikkor 35mm f1.8 lens to do a good job for me on a low budget.  There are other lenses that professional photographers recommend, but they were out of my budget.

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All these shots were taken from a single ride through on a very skaky ride.  I had the Manual settings on my camera set as:

ISO 6400 – it’s about as high as this consumer grade camera will go without be really grainy.  The more expensive cameras allow a higher ISO range.

F1.8 – this setting will only go this low with a lens that allows this setting.  Most lenses are around f3.5 which doesn’t allow in enough lighting

1/30 – With the shaky ride it’s really difficult to snap a photo at a setting less than 1/30 and if you go up to 1/50 or higher, you won’t get a very clear shot.

Exposure compensation – I set it as -0.7

AF area mode – I used the Single Point AF (autofocus) mode to all me to shoot at a specific point.

Metering – spot metering
Peter Pan's Flight Fantasyland Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World

Peter Pan's Flight Fantasyland Magic Kingdom Walt Disney WorldHere’s a video I made using the same camera, lens and settings as well: