This is another shot I’ve sat on for a while. I originally processed it in color a little over 2 years ago, didn’t like it, and then would occasionally look at it to see if I changed my mind. Recently I had the epiphany it could potentially be a great black and white and set to work. I used Silver Efex from the Nik Collection and ran two separate passes on the base color image with 2 different color filters, one for the background and one for Partners. I masked those two together, made levels adjustments, did some dirt cleanup on Walt’s back and was done. Now I’m more than happy to share it.
This is a cool little scene from Galaxy’s Edge. There’s a lot of cool little details to pickup on and I actually found myself standing here for quite a while listening to the little radio broadcast playing in the back of the workshop. One thing to watch out for is the lights in the back of the shop are VERY hot so if you are bracketing you may need to really pay attention to your underexposure to make sure you got it right. Even with my underexposure shots there are a few spots I wish I could have recovered a bit better. Something for me to keep in mind next time.
This was the very first Disneyland shot I worked on and is yet another shot I’ve thought could have been done better. So, I’ve gone back and re-edited it from scratch and come up with a final image that is much moodier and pleasing. To me anyway…
I’ve sat on this one for nearly 3 years now not quite happy with it was turning out. I scrapped it yet again this weekend and started over and finally I was able to edit it as it deserved. I spent not even 24 hours in Joshua Tree but photographing here was an experience I’ll never forget.
It’s not often I get to post something old at Disney that I’ve never posted before but here we are. I’ve sat on this shot for a while because it always annoyed me that the trees had grown so much by the time I visited that Grizzly Peak is obscured. I’ve gotten over it now and other than that minor issue I really do like the shot. The sky especially turned out really nice and I love the contrast against the warmth of the mill.
I had literally just setup for this shot and started my first exposure when it started sprinkling. By the time I had taken my second exposure (for the sign) it was turning into an absolute washout. This worked out great for some other shots, but it definitely doesn’t work when your framing involves pointing the camera straight up into the sky. One additional frame would have helped with some problematic highlights, but I made it work with the 2 frames I had with a bit of color painting.
I must be honest… I only really edited this photo so I could use this title which I thought was sort of ironically funny. Even then it’s basically only related because Pirates. Well, there’s some insight into the deep inner-workings of my brain.
This is from the Disneyland version of Pirates of the Caribbean. The edit was very straight forward with some minor exposure, highlights, and shadow adjustments in Lightroom followed by a single level adjustment in Photoshop. I then finished it off with a very light touch of Color Efex’s Pro Contrast and sharpened.
It’s been a while, but I finally got around to editing some more shots from our October 2019 trip. This is another one from the foggy, rainy morning along Newfound Gap Rd.
Alright it’s time for me to venture back to my Disneyland shots. It’s been nearly 3 years since my one and only trip and I have gone back and re-edited some shots I wasn’t happy with along with a bunch of “new” shots. This one kind of falls somewhere in the middle. I did edit this shot but did not post it to all my normal channels as I was doing a bit of a color test with the orange space thingy behind the Tomorrowland logo. A new look at this one after a few years renders a much nicer final image. I hope you’ll enjoy it.
This shot was another fun exercise in correcting the wrongs of Disney’s lighting team. Once again, the lighting team dug into their warehouse of discount blue lighting to bathe Rapunzel’s Tower in its boring light. I pulled up a reference photo from Tangled and used that to color correct the tower as accurately as I could. I think it turned out really nice and it also helped separate it from the blue sky where it would have otherwise been lost.18