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.
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 then f11, ISO 64 and 15 seconds in bulb mode with my 3 stop B+W ND filter.
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 has the perfect stopping power for shooting fireworks with a bit longer shutter. I did use a 6 stop for a while which is great for some REALLY long exposures but found often times there were so many bursts captured it just became a mess of color. For this shot I’m at f5.6, ISO 64 and shooting bulb mode I did 15 seconds for this shot.
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 have to see in person. I may be in the minority of this, but I also appreciated the lack of a parade before the fireworks. This made waiting and getting a good spot much easier than I ever experienced with Wishes. Today enjoy the 1st of my 3 part series, Happily.