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Epcot Fiber Optics

By Cory Disbrow on May 13th, 2013   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    Comments Off

Today’s photo starts the week off with some of the coolest pavement at WDW!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Lately, I haven’t had a ton of time to head into the parks with a tripod and capture some fun stuff. I had a free night this past Friday, so I headed into Epcot hoping for a sunset and some nice night shooting. The sunset was a dud, but the blue hour and nighttime shots were pretty great! This was one of the blue hour shots, which turned out to be a little bit more difficult than it looks to capture. These fiber optics in the ground are awesome. We all understand this. What this means though is that every little kid and family that walks through this area will stop and stand right on top of them for a few minutes at a time! So, this becomes an exercise in patience, but it is worth it when getting the shot you’re looking for.

Compositionally, I went fisheye for this one since I hadn’t done a ton of fisheye shooting lately, and changing things up can usually result in getting the creative juices flowing once again. I set up my tripod to its lowest setting and got as close to the fiber optics in the foreground as I could. I then took 3 exposures at f/8, creating a bracket of [-2, 0, +2]. Once I got home, I blended them, adjusted the white balance to be a tiny bit cooler than what the camera captured, and then did some simple tweaks in Lightroom on it. I didn’t really have to do a ton to this image, as the RAW files from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 are really clean and full of dynamic range, especially for something that falls into the mirrorless camera category. I don’t think I could have done much better with my full frame Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

This photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Rokinon 7.5mm F/3.5 Fisheye Lens, both of which are available at Amazon. As always, if you ever decide to shop at Amazon, please click the links here inside the article, as anything you buy will help support our site! Thanks for reading!!

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