It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these little statue shots so I decided to give this one with Donald Duck a go. This is actually one of my favorites from the statue series as the light bokeh behind him turned out just wonderful. I too love his pose as if he’s showing you the lights.
I spent almost an entire golden hour one evening shooting around Rivers of America, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and Frontierland in general. It’s one of my favorite areas to photograph sunset as I feel the golden tones from the sunset go really great with all the earthy tones in Frontierland.
Every time I see the Wonders of Life pavilion it pains me to think what Disney has done to it. First they make it a seasonal only pavilion before completely abandoning it and using it as a show floor for various events. Such a shame. Instead of spending money ripping out a perfectly fine ride like the Maelstrom to replace it with more Frozen how about spending the money to revive an entire Pavilion which would certainly help spread out crowds and add capacity.
Splash Mountain is another one of those spots that I always have to shoot even though I have many photos already. It doesn’t hurt it’s an absolutely fantastic spot for some sunset photos as well. I always get at least 1 sunset shot of it if not more during my visit.
When I saw the moon high over the Lunching Pad I knew I had to work that into a shot somehow. I ended up having to tilt the camera pretty far back even in vertical and I wound up with a bit of weird distortion but I don’t really mind considering the payoff here. I mean the moon is almost aligned perfectly with the tip of the Lunching Pad which I think is pretty awesome.
I think at the moment my favorite park to shoot is Epcot. Even if some of the attractions need some updates the exteriors still provide lots of opportunities for great photos. I also love how many different spots you can get great sunset photos in the park, literally from front to back. This shot is again from an evening I spent chasing the sun. I really loved the contrast of color here between the glow from the sunset beginning and the blue sky to the left. Fortunately I only had to wait a minute or two to get a monorail to help balance out the shot.
I’ve been running behind today but I wanted to share a photo even if I don’t have time for my usual more in-depth write up so I chose this shot from the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular I had previously edited. This is from the finale of the show. I shot it with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 70-200 2.8. I feel like this is a decent lens for the show but would probably be perfect with a 1.4x extender attached.
With all the hub construction the past few years it has been a long time since I’ve been able to shoot the Crystal Palace. This was really bothering me as I was never really happy with my previous Crystal Palace shots so walking past all the construction walls blocking me getting a shot was really getting irritated. At last though the hub is completed and I was able to get this shot even if it is slightly modified from the previous view. Still you can get a nice shot of it now and I’m pretty happy with the result.
Shooting & Editing A New View of Crystal Palace
This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8. My biggest irritation with this shot was the tree in the upper right hand corner had a terribly ugly blue cast all over it. I can’t remember if this was a light because of the fall season decor or if it’s a regular light but it really sucks. I targeted the color using color range selection and then used a warming photo filter to get rid of the strong blue color cast. Using the same selection I then did a series of color curves to recolor the tree the way I felt it would look with a more standard lighting. Outside of this processing was pretty standard.
Are you glad the hub construction is finally over?
When you have so many different photos of the same thing, like Spaceship Earth, the hardest part of the whole process becomes simply coming up with a name for the photo you haven’t used before. For a while I tried to be inventive and witty with my naming but I’ve since mostly given up and just try to be descriptive with my titles and that seems to be working for the most part.
Shooting & Editing The Reflected Path to Spaceship Earth
This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8. This is one of those shots I did not use my tripod and simply used a small Disney parks bag to place my camera directly in the puddle. I then used a small container of chapstick to prop the front of the lens up so that the camera was shooting level as opposed to tilted slightly down. You may be wondering why not just use the tripod as low to the ground as possible. While my tripod does allow you to get very very close to the ground, it requires you to take it apart and take the center column out to achieve this. This isn’t really something I want to be doing in the middle of the park when I don’t know how long before security comes along and kicks me out. With the center column installed I believe the height is around 17″ which simply did not give me as nice of a reflection angle as putting the camera directly in the puddle.
Today’s shot of the Wishes fireworks show is a bit special in that it’s a collaboration shot with my wife Erika. You can follow her at @emcooperphoto She also shoots Disney photography so I’m sure you’ll enjoy her feed. She was the photographer for this shot and I was the one who edited it. We’ve done these collaborations in the past but it’s been a while so we decided to do another one.
Shooting & Editing All Their Wishes Fireworks
This was shot with the Nikon D800 and Nikon 24-70 2.8 with a 3stop B&W ND filter. For this shot I actually double processed a single raw file. What this means is I edit the file two different ways and then combine the results. The reason I did this is the result I want for the foreground is different from the result I want for the fireworks background. I combined these 2 results with selective masking and then applied Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast. I made some color balance and levels adjustments along with some saturation adjustments. I denoised and did some selective sharpening to finish the shot off.