by Tim Devine
When I went and got set up to make this amazing shot on Main Street USA, it required using just about every toy in my camera bag. The concept was simple: take a long, timed exposure down Main Street USA facing Cinderella Castle and use the long shutter speed to make the people that are walking and milling about “ghost out”. This effect is often used to show motion during nighttime exposures but it is rarely seen during daytime hours.
Of course,a 25 second shutter speed is improssible to do hand-held and there are too many people around during the day to comfortably use a tripod so I used a little creativity to get the stability I needed. I set my kids stoller up in the middle of the street and rigged up my camera using a Manfrotto Magic Arm and Manfrotto Super Clamp to create what I affectionately call “StrollerPod”. After getting the camera and StrollerPod rigged up and in position, I then used two neutral density filters (ND400 and ND.9) two create a whopping 12 stop light reduction to really extend the shutter speed. By way of comparison, 12 stops faster than 25 seconds would have been somewhere around 1/125 second without the filters.
After taking the shots (and drawing some cool conversation from PhotoPass who thought my StrollerPod was the coolest thing they had ever seen), I then gave them some love in Photoshop to really pop out the details and fine tune the final image. I am very pleased with the final result; the only I would have liked to have been able to do is to have shot this from 10 feet high on a cherry-picker but I don’t see that one happening any time soon.
What do YOU all think?
Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop CS5 Raw Conversion, Custom Topaz Boost
Photo taken 8/5/2012