Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Magic Kingdom

Disney at Night

During the holidays, the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World becomes even more magical.  The entire resort is transformed on a grand scale into a Winter wonderland of sights and sounds of the season.  In the Magic Kingdom, as you approach on the ferry from the Transportation and Ticket Center you get your first glimpse of Cinderella Castle.  The castle has more than 200,000 lights that are attached by 40,000 square feet of fisherman's net dyed to match specific areas of the castle.  To bring the lights together, 18 miles of electrical cable are used.  All of it run on the amount of power it takes to run three clothes dryers - pretty efficient.

This shot was taken at the exit of the ferry at the Transportation and Ticket Center.  There is a bench on the left as you exit.  I went a little farther away from the ferry exit because it does take a little bit of time to setup for this shot and I didn't want to block people entering and exiting the ferry at this very busy time of the year.

For this shot you most definitely need a tripod.  I used the longest focal length I had which was 200mm (1.5x crop).  Camera shake at this focal length is a concern and I had to really experiment with this shot to get it right.  Due to the long focal length, long exposure shots are very difficult because even a slight breeze was enough to produce camera shake and make the picture blurry.  I ended up getting this shot at 1/40 sec shutter speed.  The aperture was set to f/8.0 and the ISO set to 3200.

Have fun capturing the magic of Disney.