Today I have another shot from my meet up with the infamous Gregg Cooper (@coopergregg who you should all be following). Gregg’s policy is if you there’s a rail in your photo there better be a Monorail on it. Words for us all to live by I think. Not wanting to be one to disappoint I waited around and got 3 submarine positions along with Monorail orange on the foreground rail and Monorail Red on the background rail. Finally, I’m not one who takes many day time shots but there’s enough interesting elements and a perfect blue sky to make this one worth sharing. Enjoy.
After waiting so long for my first visit to Disneyland I wasn’t entirely sure how I’d feel or react once I was finally there. I was excited as we approached the gate and even stopped to have my photo taken in front of the Disneyland train station. Walking under the train station and out on to Main Street it all still felt very familiar. When I finally turned the corner, and caught sight of Sleeping Beauty Castle instead of the familiar Cinderella Castle is the moment I got chills. Each of the Main Streets have unique elements but they feel very similar. I think I actually prefer Disneyland’s Main Street but Walt Disney World wins out on the view straight down with the towering Cinderella Castle. Sleeping Beauty Castle almost gets lost here in this photo at 14mm!
With Paradise Pier on its way out and Pixar Pier on its way in I decided I need to strike now while the iron is hot with my Paradise Pier shots. This is in fact one of my favorite Paradise Pier shots from my entire trip. The sky was especially magnificent this evening and combined with the evening lights coming out sets a wonderful scene. Finally, a bit of technical talk. I would normally have taken the time to use my tripod for a shot like this, but we were in a hurry to do something else. I ended up just balancing on the rail and was able to get a sharp shot at 1/10 of a second at my base ISO of 64.
Of all the places I’ve been, Yosemite, thus far, has been the most stunning. The pure scale is something that cannot be captured in photos and thus cannot be fully appreciated until you have visited. For this particular shot the moon was only at 4% and had not yet risen anyway so the stars were just stunning. On the flip side no moon meant there was no point waiting around for it to rise and illuminate the rocks and trees. I ended up doing the best I could with a very high ISO of 12800, taking several shots and doing some median blending to help clean it up a bit. Considering I did not plan my trip to California specifically for shooting Yosemite I’m more than pleased with what I came away with.
I think most of us have heard by now that Paradise Pier is being transformed into Pixar Pier. For myself, having visited only once, I have no strong attachment to Paradise Pier in it’s current form. I did enjoy the current version and can only hope that for you west coasters the new version is awesome as well. I am glad I was able to photograph it once in its original state before the change however… and here it is.
I’ve got another dark ride shot today showing off the Nikon 28 1.4. I have shot dark rides with the Nikon 24 1.4, Nikon 35 1.4, Sigma 24 1.4 and Sigma 35 1.4 and I like the Nikon 28 better than all of them. The focal length is pretty perfect for nearly ever dark ride and the image quality from this thing just has the ‘it’ factor. Even straight out of camera I’m just loving the results of the photos it produces. Today’s shot was taken on the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean. I only got to ride it once during our visit (stupid ride breakdowns!!!!) but that’s all I needed to get nearly every scene perfectly captured with
Trying to get back into processing my shots I decided to dive back into my huge set of unprocessed Disneyland shots again. For the time being I’m finding editing these more stimulating than my Walt Disney World shots simply because Disneyland still feels very fresh and new to me. I’ve only visited once after all and I’ve actually long ago lost count of how many visits I have to Walt Disney World. Anyway, here is a shot of the sunset and Sleeping Beauty Castle. Enjoy!
I don’t do many shots that involve a lot of empty space but I figure every thousand shots or so I can allow myself one. As I noticed the golden light from the sunset behind me hitting the Tomorrowland sign and the moon up above I wanted to create a composition that included both. At the time all my gear was packed away in a locker except for the lens I had on camera, the Nikon 28 1.4. With that in mind this was the first and only composition I attempted for this shot. Despite its simplicity I am very pleased with the end result and the final color palette enhanced by the warm colors of the sunset against the approaching blue hour sky.
When shooting a photo that I’ve done before I always try to find a way to do it a bit differently or include a new element to give it a new spin. Otherwise, what’s the point in shooting the same shot again? Here I shot at an angle to include the moon which is an element I had not included with both the fountain and Spaceship Earth before.