Nothing crazy to say about this shot. It’s a standard side shot of Crystal Arcade on Main Street USA. I will mention that I found the shops on Disneyland’s Main Street more photogenic than Walt Disney World’s. On the other hand, Walt Disney World has the better shot down Main Street thanks to the larger Cinderella Castle. Sleeping Beauty Castle gets a bit lost in the Disneyland version of that shot.
Here’s another shot from my first night at Disney California Adventure. They weren’t quite done putting up the seasonal purple lights yet so it’s kind of a unique shot. Unfortunately, this was also the night security was pushing very hard so it’s one of very few photos I got from the night. I guess it turned out alright for a rush job. Enjoy.
I have another shot today from my brief stay in Joshua Tree National Park. This shot was taken just on the opposite side of Arch Rock. I would have loved to have another night here as I feel like there’s so many cool rock formations here (and Joshua Trees!) that you could find endless great compositions.
It’s the most beautiful sight in all the kingdom, the back side of castle. Much like Cinderella Castle, although I do love the classic front view I found myself preferring the back-side view of Sleeping Beauty Castle as well. I think it’s because there are simply more interesting details to enjoy. Which side do you prefer?
Say the title like Ru-fi-o from Hook and then chant it over and over. Anyways… this is another great little dark ride at Disneyland. It’s not terribly difficult to shoot (other than the blue fairy, I missed her twice!). Shot with my Nikon 28 1.4 at 1.4 and 1/125 and ISO 6400. Enjoy!
On my last night at Disneyland I had practically no shots from Cars Land. This was a land I was especially wanting to get a bunch of different shots from so I spent practically the entire evening wandering around the land getting various ones I had in mind. Fortunately for me the green/purple lighting on Radiator Racer Springs was working off and on so I was able to shoot it both ways throughout the evening. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the green/purple combo (it doesn’t make sense) but the classic color scheme is phenomenal. Pair that up with the dusk sky (I don’t want any of you astro nerds messaging me telling me this isn’t really dusk) and I think you’ve got a winning combination.
Getting a shot of Disneyland Splash Mountain from the front facing angle is much more difficult than at Walt Disney World. I wandered around here quite a while trying to find some good spots to shoot from and trying to figure out how to shoot over the high fence. Well I couldn’t so I took my lens off and re-attached it to my camera body through the fence instead. Much easier (riskier?) and I was able to finally frame up and get the shot I was looking for.
As an added bonus the fireworks started going off around the same time I started shooting (long story on why I wasn’t shooting the fireworks). This really helped light up the foreground and the frame I used here was nicely illuminated by some non-colored fireworks. I ended up using only 2 shots total, the one extra lit up from the fireworks, and another frame to cleanup some highlights. I made several color and levels adjustments and did some manual dodging and burning to get my final image.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is the ride I most anticipated riding during my visit to Disneyland. While that may seem odd I have many memories of riding it as a young kid. It did not disappoint. I LOVE the old school dark rides and the charm they bring. Disneyland’s Fantasyland in fact has so many great dark rides I found myself going on them repeatedly. I hope that eventually Disney will build the next great dark ride and not lose themselves to building only thrill rides.
Let’s get right down to it. Yosemite is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen in my life. Its scale and grandeur cannot be captured in a photo. I’ve viewed thousands of photos of it prior to my visit and none of that prepared me for just how amazing it is. We only had 2 short days in the park, not nearly enough for exploring, let alone photographing. Still I got what I could and came away with a few shots I really liked.
I have various angles and frames from this spot but decided to start with this photo that breaks the composition rules with Half Dome right in the middle. I think it works though with the cloud interest on both sides.
On this trip I took this shot on 2 different occasions. The first time I did it when the park hadn’t closed yet as I wanted to get the carousel spinning. I figured I would not be able to get it people free and spinning but imagine my surprise when on my last night I walk into Fantasyland and see the carousel spinning with no one around. Maybe this is normal at Disneyland, I don’t know, but I quickly setup for the shot. For this shot I see it as the wider the better so of course I shot here with my Nikon 14-24 at 14mm.
P.S. I was told getting stars at Disneyland was nearly impossible. Well, behold, stars! Enjoy everyone.