Looping back around with another Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway shot. I shot this at 1/250 and there were several minor artifacts from screen bleed (not having my shutter speed synced to the screen refresh rate). I fixed a few glaring ones, but you might still be able to spot a few others. There’s definitely a lot to take in on each of these scenes!
Let’s continue with the Millennium Falcon theme today. The texture and layers in the sky is what really makes this one. Behind me the sun was starting to set and shining some nice golden light through the clouds onto the scene.
I’ve seen so many people’s version of this shot but I finally got around to editing one of mine. I shot this with my Rokinon 12mm fisheye at 2.8.
I only had one ride on Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway and I went in blind so I wasn’t sure what to expect. Additional ride throughs along with riding in one of the first few cars would have presented better opportunities to get some of these scenes right but I’m working with what I managed. Considering the parks shut down almost immediately after the ride opened I’m just happy to have been able to get a ride in and get any shots at all.
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.