Walt Disney World
The Magic Kingdom
The Haunted Mansion
35mm, 1/8 second, f/2.8, ISO 3200, ride e-stop (YEAH!)
I’ve uploaded shots of these guys before, but what makes this shot of the Haunted Mansion’s Hitchhiking Ghosts different is that I finally got a ride e-stop right dead in front of them (pun intended). I had a custom function recorded in my 5D3 for 1/8 sec., ISO 3200, at f/2.8 so when the ride stopped, I quickly rolled the mode dial to that custom function and switched to live view to manually focus/compose and fired away. In the past, the only way I have captured these guys is by using a wide open aperture of f/1.4 or f/1.2 and my ISO cranked up to 12,800. The ride stop allowed me to stop the lens down 1 stop to f/2.8, lower the ISO by 2 stops to ISO3200, and slow the shutter speed down by 2 stops to 1/8 second. With those settings, the shutter speed was just fast enough for a handheld shot that froze the motion of the ghosts, and the narrower aperture allowed all 3 ghosts to be in sharp focus.
In post, a little ACR work brought out the shadow details, fixed the color temp and other colors, and reduced some color noise. I added a layer mask on the picture in the left part of the scene and then slightly boosted exposure on it to bring out more details there as well.
Thanks for looking!