Congratulations to Patrick Bianchi, last week's SideKick360 winner, for this "accidentally awesome" shot taken earlier this month in Disney World.
"Wow! I can't believe I won!! I'm an amateur photographer from New Jersey who really only started to find his groove this year. I got my first DSLR (a Rebel T3) in 2011, and would only pick it up once in a while to play with, but never really learned much about it. Then, this year I started to read up about photography - A LOT! During this time, I came to the conclusion that my Rebel was not really sufficient for the type of photography I wanted to do. This past summer I bought my Canon 70D, which is what I used to take this picture. I practiced with it as much as possible in preparation for my trip to Disney World two weeks ago - it would be Christmastime, so I knew I'd be taking a ton of pictures. I'd also want to take some dark ride photos while I was there and that's how this one came to be.
For this shot, I used a Sigma Art Series 30mm prime lens. I used aperture priority set to f/2 and let the camera decide on shutter speed (1/10 sec) and ISO (3200). On these dark Disney rides, you need a wide aperture in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to not have a blurry mess. For those unfamiliar with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, they have an animatronic Jack Sparrow at the very end. I was taking pictures of him while the boat was moving, and then we stopped just ahead of it waiting for other boats to unload. Having the boat stopped allowed me to stabilize the camera a bit more and get a longer exposure of the lantern and barrels. Since the aperture was open pretty wide, it created a nice depth of field and a really cool look. When I was going through and tweaking my photos from the trip in Lightroom, I saw how accidentally awesome this one came out and knew I had to post it. And I'm sure glad I did!! - Patrick
See more of Patrick's work at instagram.com/patchrick84