Photo sharing: Dark rides

dmc6469

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Great shot. By the time I can figure out the settings, the ride is over LOL
 
  • havoc315

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    One of the newest dark rides:
    I assume that was with the A6300.... really great exposure, noise control and detail along with great composition. Exceptional.

    While I prefer your capture of that scene, here are my captures with the d750:

    DSC_4551.jpg by Adam Brown, on Flickr

    And the A6300:

    DSC05854.jpg by Adam Brown, on Flickr

    I've got some better Frozen shots, but I need to get around to processing.
     
  • zackiedawg

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    Nice shots all. Havoc - the Frozen, and all the new 'projection' style dark rides, are interesting as you need to be careful with your shutter speed setting to adjust for the flicker of the lighting - just as with shooting TV screens and such...it throws a new twist into things! I did shoot mine with the A6300 and SEL35 F1.8 - it was my first and only time through that ride though so I didn't get all the shots I'd want as I didn't know what was coming. Next time I ride it, I will be able to better compose and choose what to shoot...but I'm not waiting 2 hours to ride that so hoping things calm down soon!

    Here's another dark ride...the sleeping monk scene (comes up fast, so I cranked up to ISO12,800 to get it in time):
     

    havoc315

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    Nice shots all. Havoc - the Frozen, and all the new 'projection' style dark rides, are interesting as you need to be careful with your shutter speed setting to adjust for the flicker of the lighting - just as with shooting TV screens and such...it throws a new twist into things! I did shoot mine with the A6300 and SEL35 F1.8 - it was my first and only time through that ride though so I didn't get all the shots I'd want as I didn't know what was coming. Next time I ride it, I will be able to better compose and choose what to shoot...but I'm not waiting 2 hours to ride that so hoping things calm down soon!

    Here's another dark ride...the sleeping monk scene (comes up fast, so I cranked up to ISO12,800 to get it in time):
    Nice.....
    I guess the flicker is why I have red cheeks in my shots.... I was also using the 35/1.8 on the A6300 for dark rides. What shutter speed were you using? I guess I should have cranked it slightly higher for the projections...
    but now, with so many people posting the same scene from Frozen... another question..
    In my shot and Bob's shot, there are carrots in the bags on the floor. Where are the carrots in your shot? Did they add them later? (I've seen some other shots online without the carrots as well).

    Anyway... it's amazing how far high ISO capability has come. My A6300 frozen shot was done at ISO 8,000 -- just 3 or 4 years ago, it would have been impossible to get a usable shot at such high ISO on an APS-C sensor.
     

    boBQuincy

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    Nice.....
    I guess the flicker is why I have red cheeks in my shots.... I was also using the 35/1.8 on the A6300 for dark rides. What shutter speed were you using? I guess I should have cranked it slightly higher for the projections...
    but now, with so many people posting the same scene from Frozen... another question..
    In my shot and Bob's shot, there are carrots in the bags on the floor. Where are the carrots in your shot? Did they add them later? (I've seen some other shots online without the carrots as well).

    Anyway... it's amazing how far high ISO capability has come. My A6300 frozen shot was done at ISO 8,000 -- just 3 or 4 years ago, it would have been impossible to get a usable shot at such high ISO on an APS-C sensor.
     
  • boBQuincy

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    Interesting ideas about the projection flicker. If they are using a typical 60 scans per second then any shutter speed faster than 1/60 could possibly show artifacts by not getting a full scan (we get partial scrolling signs on the buses like this)? Mine was at 1/25, maybe a faster lens (and faster shutter speed to reduce blur) would cause other issues. Mine was taken Monday September 19 at 2:53 pm, do the carrots come and go?
     

    zackiedawg

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    Bob - that was my thinking too, from experience on other projection rides, was that 60 scans per second was the most likely - so I had my shutter speed at 1/60 through the ride. That was just fast enough to counter motion but not so fast as to exceed the refresh scan.

    As for the mystery carrots...interesting! I've only ridden that ride one time, back in July 2016 not too long after it first opened. If Bob's shots were just last week - when were Havoc's shots? I'd have to guess that the carrots were added later. I wonder if any other scenes were changed or modified?

    In my closer shot of the reindeer, the cart is just visible at the bottom of the frame, but mostly unlit - i can't tell if the carrots are there and the projection just isn't turned on, or if there's nothing there at all:


    Here's one of the ending scenes of Anna and Elsa...anything look different here?:


    And I agree on the high ISO - it's just fantastic how much we take for granted the ability to just shoot any low light scene without really having to think or worry about ISO - with cameras today being comfortable at ISO12,800, and even pushing to stupid levels - APS-C can get by at 51,200 and full frame can exceed 200,000! It makes 'auto ISO' so much more useful when you can set to such a high upper ceiling and set a minimum shutter speed, and basically not think about it.
     

    havoc315

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    Bob - that was my thinking too, from experience on other projection rides, was that 60 scans per second was the most likely - so I had my shutter speed at 1/60 through the ride. That was just fast enough to counter motion but not so fast as to exceed the refresh scan.

    As for the mystery carrots...interesting! I've only ridden that ride one time, back in July 2016 not too long after it first opened. If Bob's shots were just last week - when were Havoc's shots? I'd have to guess that the carrots were added later. I wonder if any other scenes were changed or modified?

    In my closer shot of the reindeer, the cart is just visible at the bottom of the frame, but mostly unlit - i can't tell if the carrots are there and the projection just isn't turned on, or if there's nothing there at all:


    Here's one of the ending scenes of Anna and Elsa...anything look different here?:


    And I agree on the high ISO - it's just fantastic how much we take for granted the ability to just shoot any low light scene without really having to think or worry about ISO - with cameras today being comfortable at ISO12,800, and even pushing to stupid levels - APS-C can get by at 51,200 and full frame can exceed 200,000! It makes 'auto ISO' so much more useful when you can set to such a high upper ceiling and set a minimum shutter speed, and basically not think about it.
    We got all the same shots, mine will be up later...
    So my shutter speed was too fast..... That makes sense now. I'm afraid of motion and camera shake at 1/60, but I suppose I should have stuck there for the projection dark rides.
    Those crazy high ISOs definitely don't produce the same IQ as low ISO... But being able to print an 8X10 of a dark ride taken at ISO 12,800... pretty amazing..

    I teach a photography class. Tonight, I'm addressing the exposure triangle.... and to demonstrate the downside of high ISO, I took 2 shots with the A6300, at ISO 100 and ISO 51,200. Unfortunately for teaching purposes, the difference in IQ wasn't thaaaaat dramatic. I had to create pixel peeped images to really show the difference.
     

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