I go to the Smokies in autumn to experience the amazing colors and falling leaves, but sometimes a photo just begs to be black and white. This morning was very foggy, very rainy, and ultra moody. The black and white helps convey the feeling of this morning very well.
Just returned from our yearly autumn trip to the Smoky Mountains. The overall theme for this trip was rain and fog, which made for some really excellent moody photos. Before the rain and fog however, on Monday night, our first night in the park, I knew would be my only night to try out my new star tracker so I took it up to Clingman’s Dome. I was a bit too tired to hike to the top so this is from the parking lot. I could spout a ton of technical mumbo jumbo that went into creating this image but I’ll just say it’s my favorite Milky Way shot I’ve done in the Smokies yet!
Looping back to some Disneyland shots as I still have a bunch I never processed or shared. In particularly I wanted to do some of the dark ride shots. I take so many dark ride shots and then share probably .1% of them, which seems ridiculous. I did very minimal processing to this one. A quick color balance, a warming filter and some denoising to the shadow areas. Enjoy.
This is an alternate take on a shot I did last year that I really liked. This time around I have a different color scheme on the castle along with some dreamlights. The sky is clear of fireworks and I’ve edited it to feel a bit moodier. By the way, if you still haven’t ordered yours yet you can order at https://www.thetimethespace.com/product/wdw-2020-calendar/ Special discounted pricing will end after August 31st and supplies are limited so don’t miss out if you want one!
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This photo harkens back to a better time. A time before Walt Disney World’s light designer got an amazing deal on a warehouse full of blue lights and then proceeded to bathe the entire Kingdom in its awful blueness. It would be nice to see a return to competent nighttime light design. Thanks for listening and enjoy.
I have many shots like this from the hub, so I wanted to try something different to mix it up. I opted to blend a frame of the castle with the Dreamlights with a frame of the kiss goodnight. This look sort of emulates the look you get as the lights cascade on and off and twinkle during the kiss goodnight. If nothing else I think it looks super cool on Cinderella Castle.
Here’s another shot with the Rokinon 12mm fisheye. I like how it curves the frame just a bit here along with the lights in the upper left corner. I ended up doing a slight crop removing some space from the right and the bottom that made it just right. Enjoy.
The Rokinon 12mm 2.8 fisheye lens I use is the cheapest lens I own, but also probably the most fun to shoot with. The image quality is good (but not quite great) paired with the Z7. My biggest complaint I suppose is that the front element tends to come loose and then the images are out of focus. If you aren’t pixel peeping, you may not notice the shots aren’t tack sharp. I had this happen on a few different occasions during the week. But again, for a $375 lens purchase I can overlook these shortcomings for what it does offer. Most exciting of all is the ability to get compositions like this one that just don’t work as well with a regular wide-angle lens.