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.
It feels like I have been on a Magic Kingdom tear lately so let’s switch it back over to Epcot today. The whole reason for my last visit after all was for the Flower & Garden Festival. There is nothing to crazy going on for this shot. I used the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII and stood a decent ways back from the topiary and worked the angle of the camera to work with the lines in Snow White’s dress. Enjoy.
Today’s photo is the companion piece to yesterday’s shot. It was taken immediately preceding the shot of the mine train. As this was taken shooting towards the sunset, the color is definitely more intense and there are more yellows on the horizon and in the clouds. It is interesting how even just 2-3 minutes later when shooting the mine train the yellow in the clouds had already started turning to a purplish/pink color. Still I think this just goes to show not to focus too much in one direction at sunset as there can be beauty found in all directions.
Today and tomorrow’s photo are going to be sort of a companion piece. This shot was taken just after the sun had mostly dipped below the horizon behind Be Our Guest. The sky was starting to turn dark blue but there were some gorgeous colors still appearing on the clouds. The sky was looking beautiful in both directions so I have the shot directly behind me taken just before this one for tomorrow. I took a 5 series bracket for this shot but ended up only using 2 shots. I probably could have gotten away with 1 but I was able to keep the shadows a bit cleaner doing it this way.
I was wandering around shooting the sunset from various spots when this spot next to the Haunted Mansion caught my eye. The color was really popping behind Thunder Mountain. This was a spot I knew of but had never stopped to take a shot. I tried a few different versions of this shot, one being a bit more zoomed in but I liked the inclusion of the bridge and bit of color reflecting in the water in this shot. The shot was taken with the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII.