It seems like it’s been quite a while since I’ve done a China pavilion shot and I found myself gravitating towards my old, brighter editing style. Ultimately, I brought back a bit of shadowy mood but it’s still a brightly edited image that I think works because of the presence of the moon in the shot.
It’s nice to finally be padding out my Animal Kingdom photo selection with some quality shots. I’ve largely neglected shooting that park for the past 7 years and it really is an amazing place to shoot. I really like the new(er) details they added to the foreground of the Tree of Life. It gives you some better choices for keeping this shot interesting.
Despite riding Peter Pan’s Flight numerous times over the year I’ve never been fortunate enough to get a ride stop while on ride. Finally, on my most recent trip, on the very last scene we had a ride stop. This allowed me to take some time to get this shot with both Captain Hook & Mr. Smee sharp as a tack. This shot was once again taken with the Nikon 28 1.4 lens.
In 2011 I took a version of this shot that really was the shot that hooked me for good on Disney Photography. It was the first shot I took where I was framing it and before I even pressed the shutter button I knew it was going to be good. I’ve taken tons of photos over the years but only a handful gave me that feeling of this might be something special when shooting it. Now, 7 years later this shot has been done to death by others, but I thought it might be time for me to have another go at it. Originally shot with a Nikon D7000 and Prooptics 8mm fisheye, this time I approached the shot with the Nikon D810 and Rokinon 12mm fisheye. Combined with 7 more years of editing knowledge I think I’ve come away with a vastly superior version of this shot… at least technically. It doesn’t hold that special place of being THE shot that hooked me on Disney photography.
I’ve shot this scene numerous times over the years but have never shared one that I recall simply because none were up to my standards. Enter the Nikon 28 1.4 and I guess through a combination of gear and growing as a photographer I got a shot of the scene I’m happy with. I hope you’ll enjoy it too!
This is my shot of Monstro from the Storybook Land ride. There are many like it but this one is mine. It’s an incredibly easy shot to get but needed to complete the “collection”. Enjoy.
I’m still digging through my shots from the national parks I visited on my journey to Disneyland. I really liked the sky and sunrays in this one from Joshua Tree National Park. I only wish we had spent more than 1 afternoon and a night here. We barely scratched the surface!
This time around shooting the floating mountains of Pandora I opted for my Rokinon 12mm fisheye lens. I thought it was cool just how much of the scene I was able to capture with it. As usual however, the edit itself was a bit of a challenge. Though this is a single exposure I ended up using 3 different white balanced versions to create the final version. Further color balancing and levels adjustments helped dial it in just right. Finally, as I shot at a slightly raised ISO 400 I captured an amazing amount of stars which really help finish off the image.