Beware of Hitchhiking Ghosts!

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    Walt Disney World
    The Magic Kingdom
    Liberty Square
    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!

    Scott S. Baxter, Adam Hansen, and 68 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. Master_Gracey 78 months ago | reply

      Sheer perfection!

    2. Ray Horwath 78 months ago | reply

      Best shot of this scene that I've viewed! Great shot and processing!
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    3. Coasterluver 78 months ago | reply

      Just simply fantastic!! I've always hoped for an E-Stop on the west coast's HM, still hasn't happened yet... :/

    4. Groucho Dis 78 months ago | reply

      Nice! That's a good idea to use a ready-to-go setting for emergency dark ride stops. I had a couple last time and it might have saved me a couple seconds spinning dials. :)

    5. Sprengben 78 months ago | reply

      Speechless. Go on like this. The image really deserves Explore!
      I hope you had a great Thursday!
      Ben

    6. Crustopher 78 months ago | reply

      Best shot of this scene I've ever seen! I always hope that mine doom buggy will stop at this exact spot, but no such luck so far...

    7. Tom Traylor 78 months ago | reply

      Hands down the best shot from Haunted Mansion that I have seen.

      Todd....you have definitely raised the bar for "dark ride" shots for the rest of us.

    8. Michael Besant 78 months ago | reply

      IMO the best shot of this scene EVAH!!!!!

      I do love it when I get a E-Stop (though mine are usually when I am going up hill and the scene I want is just behind me. LOL) on rides. What is great about this is YOU had enough wherewithal to adjust your cameras settings. That is the pre-visualization which is needed on these rides.

      Again, WELL DONE! I cannot wait to see some more of your amazingness!!!

    9. bartholowaty | Photography 78 months ago | reply

      Fantastic capture, really wonderful.
      Congratulations !

      Explore well deserved
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    10. Fer Gregory 78 months ago | reply

      You're sooo lucky! It's rare to see a good photo of these guys but you nailed it!

    11. thecookielady123... catching up:) 78 months ago | reply

      Good for you for being so prepared for this lucky break! It totally paid off!!

    12. WJMcIntosh 78 months ago | reply

      I hope they bring the new and improved hitch hiking ghosts to Anaheim. They look great!

    13. Kiki FL 78 months ago | reply

      When opportunity meets preparation, magic happens, just like here. Brilliant!

    14. PhotoNut2010 77 months ago | reply

      One of the best if not the best capture of a Haunted Mansion segment I have seen. Spectacular.

    15. Jaime S. Martinez 76 months ago | reply

      WAF(Wife Acceptance Factor)? If you got her to say yes to a ~$3500 camera and a ~$1300 lens, i think you can talk her into letting you hanging this one up in the bedroom on HER side of the bed! BEST SHOT OF THIS EVER!!!

    16. Scott S. Baxter 76 months ago | reply

      Jaime S. MartinezHang it? The heck with that -- make it a mural!

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