Castle Wall Critters
Today’s photo comes from New Fantasyland at the Magic Kingdom.
I had a really fun night this weekend hanging out with some photography friends at the Magic Kingdom. I was feeling a little bit under the weather, but still wanted to have some time to enjoy their company as well as be in the park after dark, which is something I haven’t really had the chance to do lately. So, I brought along just the 5D3 and the Sigma 35 with no tripod and figured that I could probably capture some good stuff without having to bring the whole rig.
This shot was not one I had an idea for, nor is it one that I would have normally thought to get on a night of shooting in the park. Normally, I’m shooting off a tripod at night, and I’m normally also at a very wide focal length. Without those, I was able to get some different angles on the park at night that I normally would not think of. To get this shot, I went into Manual mode and set my shutter speed for 1/30 (to follow the whole 1 over the focal length rule) and my aperture to f/1.4. I then let the camera decide the ISO as the auto ISO function is pretty great there. When it metered, it registered at ISO 2500. Sure, there was a little bit of grain in the photo, but a little bit of noise reduction took care of it, at least from what I can see on my monitors. I love taking lights and turning them into out of focus highlights, so this shot ended up being right up my alley. In post, one of the major things I had to change on this one was the White Balance (making it cooler) and the tint (sliding more towards magenta).