I am guilty of going for the easy shots up and down Main Street USA. Pick a good spot in the middle of the street and fire away. I decided to try something different and this is the result. It is not a shot that is going to win any awards but I think it mixes it up a little bit at least. The biggest issue with my Main Street shots this trip is there was a lot of moisture in the air. Moisture in the air reflects light and with the amount of light on Main Street USA, the sky was looking nasty. I spent a significant amount of time burning, healing and cloning to fix it. To me it is worth the time as it is the difference between posting a shot and it never seeing the light of day.
I usually don’t bother too much with shooting while on the Transit Authority. It is my time to relax and take the weight off my shoulders (literally, my camera bag is incredibly heavy). I rarely ride at this time of day however so I figured I would take a couple shots and see how they turned out. If they did not pan out, I would have them for myself at least. I was pleasantly surprised with how this shot as you round the corner to the view of Cinderella Castle turned out. I did opt for a 16×9 crop down from the usual 3×2 aspect ratio I try to maintain. The reason being is the roof just took up too much of the shot and overpowered it. With the 16×9 crop it leaves just enough to help accentuate the curve and frame the castle without overpowering the shot.
I love the fact that there is no crazy light pollution directly behind Frontierland. It really lets the stars shine through and help complete the frontier feel of the shots from this area. It just would not work as well if you had a huge light pollution glow behind the mountains.
Today’s shot is one of the most classic and iconic Magic Kingdom shots I can think of. Of course, now it’s slightly updated with the turrets on both sides of Cinderella Castle. I really like the additions as it helps to fill the empty space to both sides of the castle nicely. I cannot say however that I am thrilled with all the new lights they have lining the pathway up to the castle. It seems overkill and is a recipe for flaring galore while shooting around the path.
If there’s one shot I never tire of taking or seeing it is the Cinderella Castle sunset shot. I have quite a few under my belt now but it is still one of the most exciting shots to take and to process. I absolutely love the process of this shot from beginning to end and always look forward to taking another on each trip. Each sunset is different and even a single sunset can take on many different characters during the golden hour. I’ll often take a shot at the beginning of golden hour and then wrap back around near the end for another shot and wind up with two very unique sunset shots.
Sorry for the lack of new posts recently. A terrible cold combined with a weird work schedule the past 2 weeks has not left me with a lot of time or energy for editing. I’ve managed to get a few shots edited however so here we go again. This is similar to some other shots I’ve done before but this one has a better feeling of scale. By shooting close to the tower with the ultra-wide it really appears to stretch further into the sky. The sky also turned out especially clean on this one considering all the lights around. There was minimal flaring to correct which I’m always thankful for as excessive flaring can be a terrible pain to fix.
Here’s a shot I don’t see very often. Once again this was taken with the conveyor belt not running so I was able to take my time to get this shot when exiting Space Mountain. I think what I love most about it is it’s a wonderful little science fiction scene that isn’t based on some existing Disney property. With the parks slowly turning everything into something franchise related it’s nice to have things that aren’t attached to some big movie.
The family decided to take a break at Sleepy Hollow around 11AM and I’m not one to just sit around waiting on people to eat for extended periods. Of course what better place to stop if you want to get some shots of Cinderella Castle. The sun was still low enough to use it in the shot so I opted for the Nikon 14-24 2.8 and went really wide here. Enjoy.
Today’s shot is a standard shot of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad but I could not resist that wonderful cloudy blue sky. I shot this with the Nikon 14-24 2.8 @ 14mm. In doing so, I was able to keep the tracks on the right from being cut off which is nice for my OCD 😉
Though it has been around for a few months now I have not really seen many pics of the Skipper Canteen so I figured I would throw one of mine into the mix. This is just your standard straight on shot to show off the building. Nothing fancy here at all but I did shoot it low to make it feel a bit grander. I did not get a chance to eat here though I have heard it’s pretty middle of the road. I’ll probably give it a chance next trip anyway just so I can say I’ve done it.