Shooting the lagoon at sunset was an exercise in patience and editing definitely had its share of difficulties considering the number of shots, the passage of time and blending it all together to look real. Well if you try that shot and you don’t think it’s hard enough try to do the same thing at night. This is one of the most difficult shots I feel like I’ve ever done. Seriously, it’s legit tough, especially the edit. This shot is comprised of 5 different shots. 2 for a base blend, 1 for the monorail, 1 for the submarine, and an additional shot for the stars (shot at ISO 1600 to capture as many as possible in the light polluted Anaheim sky).
Cars Land in general is great but I especially love Flo’s V8 Café. The building itself is very visually appealing and the neon colors here are amazing. The pink especially is epic. I find it to be interesting to edit as well. The question to me is how far do you take the white core of the neon. I fall on the less is more side and try very hard to not have any individual spot be completely blown out.
I’ve been really slacking with my editing lately. I’m just having a hard time getting motivated to edit even though I still have tons of great shots to process from my Disneyland trip. Anyway, today I have a low shot of Sleeping Beauty Castle for you guys. Sleeping Beauty Castle offers some interesting challenges compared to Cinderella Castle. To process the pinks for the top half of the castle you have to white balance separately from the rest of the photo. Additionally, the highlights are very hot, so you have to be careful to not blow them out too much. Add into that the vapor colored sky of Anaheim and it’s quite a process to get to the final presentable image.
This is another shot taken with my infamous tour guide @coopergregg Gregg met me over at Disneyland one evening and we went around for several hours on a photo tour of the park shooting from before sunset, through sunset and closing out the park. This was my last sunset shot of the evening as the sun soon disappeared behind the trees bringing grey hour upon us. Enjoy.
We just took a brief trip to the Smoky Mountain National Park for some fall color and on our way back home decided to make a quick stop by Amicalola Falls State Park in Georgia. I haven’t been in several years and we only spent about an hour here, but it was nice to have a go at shooting here again now that I have a bit more experience and knowledge under my belt. Enjoy!
On my way out of Cars Land there must have been a dozen photographers all lined up on the ground taking a shot here. I decided to quickly switch to my 24-70 and shoot over them for this “compressed” shot of Cars Land. I really like it because it brings so much of the land in to a single shot.
I’m a bit behind processing my Disneyland photos so you’re getting a shot I already have finished from my visit to Yosemite. This was taken from Glacier point during sunset. I was up here a little over an hour shooting through golden hour and got quite a few different comps I liked. This is the second one I’m sharing from this spot. Enjoy!
Although I typically try to keep my shots people free I sometimes find myself looking for shots I can take that don’t bother me if they are completely people free. This is one of those type shots where the sides matter so little to the photo that I don’t mind a few ghosted-out people. This is a 2 shot blend with a 30 second base exposure and a second exposure to clean up some of the highlights in the background. Very minimal processing required.
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.