As I mentioned the other day I’ve decided to go back and start processing some of the many dark ride shots I’ve taken over the years. It seems a waste to just let them sit on my hard drive and almost none of them see the light of day. I went quite a ways back for this one all the way to November 2012. Now technically this isn’t an on-ride shot, it’s in the queue of Pirates of the Caribbean, but I still say it counts. Granted it’s a little easier as you’re not on a moving ride vehicle but there’s still a bit of challenge to it.
This is a pretty easy ride to shoot but then I end up looking at the photos and just think they’re not worth the effort to post. Well I saw an opportunity with this shot to do something maybe a little bit different that maybe hasn’t been done quite this way before.
I was shooting with the Nikon 14-24 2.8 however even with that lens it’s still not wide enough to get an entire view of this room. Consequently I had shot a few overlapping shots though not on purpose or with any real intention to combine them later. Another thing I did was hold up my arms to get a higher up view point, almost as though you’re standing as opposed to a lower sitting down angle. Fortunately I had 2 very good overlapping shots I was then able to combine as a pano to get a really nice wide view of almost the entire room. Additionally the new border warp feature in Photoshop and Lightroom allowed me to stretch the rather oddly shaped combined pano to a perfect rectangle without needing to crop. This feature is really really incredible and I suggest checking it out if you have any interest at all in panos.
From the looks of this photo it seems that Gaston’s fountain could use a bit of a cleaning. I’m not sure if they bother in general or if they just wait ’til a refurbishment time to clean it up. Hopefully they are able to bust out the rags and polish for overnight cleanups and I just got it on a bad day.
Every trip to Disney World thousands of photos. Of these probably 30-40% are dark ride photos. For some reason though I end up sharing very few of them so I keep asking myself why I’m even bothering to shoot all those photos if I’m never going to share them. Well I’m going to try and change that. I’m going back through multiple trips of shots and finding some of my favorite unprocessed dark ride shots to share. I’ve got literally hundreds if not thousands that have never even been touched.
Today’s shot is once again a collaboration shot with my wife Erika. She had several shots from this showing of Wishes I wanted to edit and so now I’ve come back and edited a second one. You can follow her on Instagram @emcooperphoto.
One night a couple hours before Hollywood Studios closed I wasn’t really in the mood for rides. I really just wanted to do some shooting but of course that can be problematic if you want people free shots. I ended up wandering around the park for a few hours shooting different angles where I could get people free shots even though they were everywhere. I’m really glad I did as I ended up with a bunch of shots I probably would have never taken otherwise like this one of Pluto’s Palace.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train honestly has a pretty boring entrance in my opinion. The best photo opportunities of the ride are really on the complete opposite side. That said I felt this was probably the best way to show off the entrance as it includes some more interesting elements from Fantasyland. The color scheme of the elements really works well and adds a bit of color contrast with the blue lighting. A straight on or even diagonal of just the entrance would probably be pretty meh.
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The past few years we’ve made certain to plan our yearly Disney trip around the Food & Wine Festival. It’s one of our favorite times to go to the parks and as we usually go towards the end of October / early November the weather is usually pretty nice along with lighter crowds. Plus there’s always a cool feature in the planter in front of Spaceship Earth which helps freshen up this shot a bit. Unfortunately we’ve missed the Flower & Garden Festival for a few years running but it looks like we’re gonna make it back for a quick trip this year!
This shot is another shot from my night shooting puddles all over Epcot. While not immediately evident in this shot as the water didn’t really puddle on the cobblestone here I do like the droplets on the tables and edges of the fountain. It gives a nice sheen to the whole image that you don’t get when it’s dry.