Found in Frontierland, Disney World’s version of Splash Mountain is a perfect fit with its banjo filled version of the music played during the ride. Riders plunge down three hills with the last being the mightiest of course. The flumes fall 52 1/2 feet over the last drop at a maximum speed of 40 mph. Yeah, you’re gonna get wet.
Splash Mountain Riders Take the Plunge
Over the past few months I have really started to become interested in HDR (High Dynamic Range) photographs but I had no idea really what they were or how they were made. Perhaps its my background in education that sent me out to learn it for myself. After reading online, watching many tutorials, I think I’ve got the picture (pun intended). On our most recent trip, I decided it was time to put what I’ve learned to the test.
Big Thunder Mountain
It’s a little crazy looking right? But that’s the point of HDR, I think, because it allows you to pull out the light, the dark, and the colors from the lightest of the light to the darkest of the dark, and everywhere in between. I do not believe that every photo should be taken and processed to this extreme but sometimes, it just fits and helps make the photo pop, makes it more dreamy, or helps accentuate certain aspects within the photo. The photo from earlier this week of Boulangerie Patisserie was an HDR composition and I felt it worked because it helped create a unique look on the glass case the pastries were in.
So, what is HDR? How is it done? Well, my early (still learning) understanding is that it is a 3 shot composition. One shot is underexposed, one is correctly exposed, and one is overexposed. The shots are taken in rapid succession so as not to create blur from movement in the photo. Then the photos are merged together, one on top of another, in photoshop and processed to create the HDR look. Below are the three shots that were taken to create the photo above.
This is just one of my first few attempts at HDR and I am still learning and practicing. I hope to one day create images as fabulous as some I’ve seen out there of the “world” in HDR.
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Take a stroll back through the wild west in Frontierland at the Magic Kingdom. While you’re busy surviving runaway mining trains and exploring Tom Sawyer’s Island you’re sure to work up one heck of an appetite. Mosey inside Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe, pull up a stool (albeit short), and enjoy some of the many tasty fixin’s they have to offer. Right now your choices include the recent addition of the 1/3 pound Angus Cheeseburger (my favorite), BBQ sandwiches, taco salads, and more. Don’t forget to take your tray by the fixin’s bar before you belly up at the table!
Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Cafe - Magic Kingdom, April 2010
This angle of Big Thunder Mountain was taken over on Tom Sawyer Island. It’s neat to get shots of big attractions from various angles.
Big Thunder Mountain - Magic Kingdom, July 2007