In the never-ending quest to improve my post processing I’m introducing some new techniques with today’s photo. The photo still looks like something I would process but I think is a bit of an evolution over my previous look. Hopefully you can see the difference. Either way I hope you enjoy, this one had a lot of TLC!
Today’s shot is another go at Spaceship Earth with my newest lens acquisition, the Rokinon 12mm fisheye. I tried not to overdo it and shoot everything with the fisheye. It’s hard once you get started to not just shoot everything with it, but I must remind myself it really only works in some situations and I shouldn’t try to force it. The area around Spaceship Earth is one of those areas you can use it with some crazy angles for some cool results.
I was digging through some older shots (2016) and came across this one which I never processed in the day. I’m glad I didn’t process it because I don’t think my editing skills then would have done it justice then (maybe they still don’t), but it’s an effort I’m fairly happy with. At the very least it’s a sky that needed to be shared. Enjoy.
I don’t have a lot to say about this one. It’s the Disneyland train station. The lighting is a bit hot in places, so you must be careful editing it as you can quickly make it worse. The subtle glow on the ground is really great though. Enjoy!
I was inspired recently by @spanselphoto to try my hand at some more black and white edits. Having already done some Walt Disney World black and white edits I decided to do try my hand at some Disneyland black and white edits. The lighting here at Sleeping Beauty Castle works great to create a moody scene. It’s an interesting contrast to the color version that gives the scene an entirely different feel.
Today I’m sharing another one of my Milky Way shots from Saguaro National Park. I took a handful and as I get more practice editing I come back and edit a new one to share. This is my latest one and is a definite improvement on my first attempt at a similar scene. I’m much more pleased with the final edit. Enjoy!
It’s never the wrong time of year to be wishing it were fall, my personal favorite time of year. The heat and humidity only increases the longing. This photo was taken in September of last year, so while not quite fall time, we did enjoy the low humidity California & Disneyland offered during our visit.
I initially edited this shot in September of last year shortly after returning my trip to Disneyland however I didn’t love the edit and I just let it sit there without revisiting it. A few days ago, I decided to have another go at it and the edit came together quickly, around 20 minutes. I share this only because I sometimes find an edit that was a challenge on one day is super easy another. I don’t know why this is but I’m curious if anyone else has experienced this?
I’ve got another shot of Flo’s V8 Cafe from Cars Land’s Radiator Springs. This was one of my favorite things to shoot in all of California Adventure. The color scheme is very appealing and getting the neon just right in post is a fun challenge. Hopefully I’ll get to visit again in the future and shoot it without the layover!
For those of you familiar with this attraction, no they haven’t changed the lighting scheme. I changed it for them. As I’ve stated in the past, it seems Disney gets blue lights at extreme discounts and in huge bulk as they seem to use them all over their properties at night. Disregarding photography for just a second, I’m not a fan of them even in person. I wish they would opt to go for more realistic lighting schemes. Bathing everything in blue seems like an easy way to light everything in “night” mode. As for photography well in general I feel it photographs awful and gets worse as you try to dial up the saturation. I initially worked on this shot for about an hour before I realized I wouldn’t be happy enough with this scene shot with the blue lighting to share it online. Thus, I decided to again take a stab and changing up a blue lit scene to a more natural color scheme with color correction in Photoshop. Another hour and a half of color correction work and this is the result. I am much more pleased with this than the initial blue lit look I edited and if nothing else I hope you enjoy a unique take on this scene.