I've been fascinated with Disney's dark rides since the first time I rode Pirates of the Caribbean. They're giant, mixed media showcases, featuring little bits of about every art form. Unfortunately, they are especially finicky to catalogue, as the low lights and constant movement make it nearly impossible to get a clear picture. Even those inconsiderate individuals who use flash on these rides still only manage washed out photos that destroy the composition of the scenes.
Even though I'm strictly an amateur photographer who can't keep aperture and ISO straight, my amazing wife has been buying me new camera lenses as Christmas and Birthday presents. The latest is a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, which is perfect for capturing more than a darkened blur. Utilizing advice from a series of posts on the Disney Photography Blog, I'm trying to both develop my skills with my camera while also capturing a little bit of these dark ride masterpieces.
Spaceship Earth in Epcot is a perfect starting place for this project. It's filled with detailed scenes chronicling the development of mankind, with many of them featuring far more lighting than your average black light infused Fantasyland dark ride. While I'm still learning the basics, the new lens is already providing better results. By the time I'm done, I might be able to take pictures of one of my favorite rides, Maelstrom, without them looking like I was using a broken camera.
Enjoy the rest of the pictures. I will posting more of these as I continue to show more of Disney's magnificent dark rides.