Are You Gonna Go My Way? (Explored)

From looking at previous photos of the “Hitchhiking Ghosts” of Walt Disney World's “The Haunted Mansion”, I would say these are new and improved animatronics. You can definitely see some differences in their faces and also (can't tell by this picture) but their animation seems improved. I'm not entirely sure but I think they may have brightened up the scene a touch though. Still took an ISO of 21400 at f/2.8 and shutter speed of 1/30. Yeah, still pretty darn dark. I've never been able to get a lock on these guys with auto focus, so manual focus was definitely key here. And I don't seem to have manual focus down very well on the dark rides, so I kind of got lucky here on the focus. And yes, quite a bit of noise reduction / detail smear here to get rid of some of the noise.


Also new in the scene are some props - a picture on the left, a suitcase and a hobo nap sack.




The Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World Resort


Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you're having a great day!



This picture made it to Flickr Explore April 10, 2011 - #124 - thanks everyone!

  • Jeff Hamm 4y

    I'm upset that I never got to see these guys, or the new queue, or the new mirror effect. It was all temporary nonsence when I was there. But hey, there's always next time and it will just help get me back there sooner. :) Love the way the D3S capture this one! I was surprised that you shot it at such a high ISO and didn't experience more noise than this. Even after processing. Outstanding work!
  • Steve 4y

    Wow! Great shot of these guys!
  • Michael Besant PRO 4y

    Wow, 21400 iso!!! amazing!!! Great shot!!

    Have you tried to set your auto focus on AF-C?
  • Jeka23 4y

    Stunning Shot!
  • wonderful_world_of_Hilary 4y

    Excellent capture. They look like you could actually grab them now, though that may not be a good thing for ghosts. Regardless the brightness of them really brings out the expressions of the ghosts.
  • Joel Williams 4y

    Fantastic. So excited to see this in person. I've been impressed with their updates lately, let's hope the same will be true for all the MK updates.
  • tcwmatt (on Hiatus) 4y

    Does the picture change like in the attic/portrait hall? These guys look great. Awesome shot Joe!
  • Doug PRO 4y

    I saw this via the Twitter link this morning and couldn't wait to see it on my computer (Flickr is one of the forbidden blocked sites at work). This is astounding and outrageously awesome! Brilliant work Joe!
  • James 4y

    Pretty spot on looking for this shot. Would never know there was ever noise issues. The new (?) AAs look good.
  • Greg Stevenson PRO 4y

    Fantastic Joe!
  • Mika ^_^ 4y

    Wow this is amazing Joe!!! Beautiful capture!!!
  • EddyMixx 4y

    super excited on this enhancement. i was there last month and it was all 3d also caught me off guard and couldn't capture any of it. but i definitely will be looking forward to this next time i head on over there.. this is exactly why that D3S works for rides like these. I know canon's can't match this at all (apologies to 85% of disney flickr folks) and I don't think even my very new D7000 can hit these levels and give 'that' clean shot. but knowing perfection is key i have to stress shooting this with a prime lens. something with 1.4. i hit 1/60 with a 50mm at f/2 with the same levels..a scene like this could probably hit 1/100.
  • Cory Disbrow 4y

    Holy you know what this is awesome. I can't wait to see the new ending in a few weeks!
  • Scott Pairman 4y

    Excellent blues! Well done!

    Seen in my contacts' photos. (?)
  • Ray PRO 4y

    Wow! You did nail this Joe!
    Seen on your photo stream. ( ?² )
  • Brittny 4y

    Very cool!!!!!!!
  • Laura 4y

    My favorite ride!! Great shot!! I can never get a good exposure in the ride...still have some learning to do haha! Awesome job...your pictures are always amazing!! :)
  • Nicholas PRO 4y

    Amazing work!
  • Katheryn Navas PRO 4y

    I have been trying to take a picture of these guys for YEARS! Good shot! Hopefully when I go this year with my new camera I finally capture an image this amazing :)
  • Cyndi Raulli PRO 4y

    Really awesome shot, love this.
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Taken on March 30, 2011
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