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Latest Disney Posts

All my images and posts related to Walt Disney World & Disneyland!

After

After

This is the final shot in my Happily Ever After series. This was my first time seeing the show but assumed the finale would be the craziest moment of all. Anticipating this I went from f5.6 to f11. My final spec for this shot was...

Ever

Ever

Here’s shot number 2 in my 3-part series from shooting Happily Ever After. I opted to shoot with my Nikon 24-70 2.8 using a 3 stop B+W ND filter. I really like using a 3 stop ND filter for fireworks as I feel like it...

Happily

Happily

It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a firework shot but a new show definitely peaks my interest for shooting them. The new Happily Ever After show is pretty impressive. The amount of pyro combined with the lasers and projections is really something you...

Reflections of Monorail and Spaceship Earth

Reflections of Monorail and Spaceship Earth

Typically, when life gives me a puddle I lay down in it and take a picture. When life doesn’t give any puddles however, sometimes you have to find the next best thing. These Leave a Legacy “monuments” at Epcot’s entrance do nicely with providing a...

Pandora's Moment Between Day & Night

Pandora’s Moment Between Day & Night

It certainly felt good this past week to be back at Walt Disney World. It had been more than a year since our last visit and although we visited Disneyland in that break, Walt Disney World is the place that still holds all the wonderful...

Reflections of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Reflections of Sleeping Beauty Castle

Sleeping Beauty Castle is beautiful at night, but man is it a pain to edit correctly. Masking in an underexposure of the pink bits and making the blend realistic is tedious. For this shot that wasn’t even the worst part. The tree on the left...

Seven Dwarfs - Snow White's Scary Adventures

Seven Dwarfs – Snow White’s Scary Adventures

This is a ridiculously difficult shot. I rode Snow White’s Scary Adventures several times over the course of 4 days and this is the best I could do. The jerky nature of the ride along with having what felt like less than 1 second to...

Guardians of the Galaxy Mission Breakout

Guardians of the Water Galaxy

I absolutely love taking photos with water on the ground. Alas, there was to be no rain during my visit to Disneyland (I wonder if I’m the only one going to the parks hoping for an epic downpour?). When I realized Guardians of the Galaxy...

The Captain's Quarters

The Captain’s Quarters

Today I want to talk about two different issues I often see with dark ride photos. First off, and the biggest offender is too much denoising. One thing to keep in mind when denoising is that when doing so you are not just removing noise,...

Sleeping Beauty Castle Telephoto

Sleeping Beauty Castle Telephoto

I’ve talked about this a lot over the years, but I still absolutely love using the Nikon 70-200 to compress spaces. I have shot many similar shots of the Walt Disney World hub so of course I had to get one at Disneyland. What I...