Spaceship Earth at 85 mm

With the newly announced overhaul of Spaceship Earth, along with rumors that said overhaul could close the attraction for up to 2 years, we have been trying to get in as many rides as possible on one of our favorite WDW attractions!

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Today, we are going to keep things nice and simple. Here is a ride through of the ride as photographed with my Nikon 85 mm, f1.8 lens. For camera settings I used the following:

  • Manual Exposure
  • Aperture: f 1.8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/160 (I may have tweaked this a bit here and there in either direction)
  • ISO: Auto (Up to 6400 max)
  • Exposure Compensation: -1.3
  • Metering: Spot
  • Focus Mode: AF-C

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The 85 mm is a great portrait lens, however its not ideal for dark ride photography. Because it lacks image stabilization, a quicker shutter speed is required. This is from a single ride through of the attraction so I didn’t necessarily nail every scene. This was my first time attempting to shoot a dark ride with this lens. Let’s take a look at the results…

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Overall, I like the composition I was able to get with the 85 mm, however most of the photos came out darker than I would have liked due to the 1/160 shutter speed. When I shoot dark rides with my 35 mm f1.4, I typically use a shutter speed of anywhere between 1/50 and 1/100 depending on the ride.

For a full ride through of Spaceship Earth at 35 mm (along with the narration), check out this post here!

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