This is one of those shots I just happened to luck into. I wasn’t looking to take this shot but as I was walking here towards Imagination I saw the monorail coming and quickly fired off a bracket and the elements were just there for a nice picture. Anytime I can get a sunburst and some cloud action I’m pretty happy. Enjoy.
This is a shot from a few trips back that I overlooked for some reason. It’s a pretty standard shot from the balcony of Teppan Edo with pretty standard processing. I only had to spend about 15 minutes with this one, but the end result is still nice I believe. Enjoy.
I have worked on this shot of Snow White’s Cottage longer than any other from this past trip. I started editing this thing in November and have worked on it off and on since then, finally finishing it on Wednesday. The reason being is the awful blue lighting the imagineers have placed all throughout new Fantasyland. I really hate it, and this location in particular I thought suffered from it. So of course I wanted to color correct it but it was just spilling everywhere, on the cottage, on the trees, on the ground and it really took a long time to properly fix. I didn’t have the patience to do it all in one go and so that’s why it’s taken my so long to finish this one. I’m still not sure the final result is ideal but I think it’s a definite improvement over what the scene originally offered.
Ultimately it would be nice if Disney at some point altered the lighting in New Fantasyland to something more natural. I guess with the blue lights they were trying to to make things feel more nightish? I’m not sure but that doesn’t make much sense as those lights come on, you guessed it, at night! It’s the only place in the parks they’ve done this, and I think it was a mistake. /end rant and Enjoy.
Finally I was able to get back in to Be Our Guest restaurant since our first visit during AP previews. The theming is second to none of course and the food was pretty good to me at least. I always get steak pretty much wherever we dine and I enjoyed the garlic herb butter sauce that came with this particular steak. It’s no Le Cellier steak but it’s also nearly half the price so it matched my expectations. Enjoy!
Am I crazy or did they change up the lighting on Spaceship Earth a bit? I don’t recall thinking about it too much in person but all my Spaceship Earth shots from the last trip don’t have the same feel as they used to. Please someone tell me I’m not crazy!
Today’s shot is pretty straight forward but actually took quite a while to process. I had a ton of flaring in the sky in this shot from I can assume the light of the dreamlights. This took what would usually be a 3 minute job working on the sky and turned it into a 45 minute job. Worth it in the end I suppose to get the nice clean distraction free sky. Hope you enjoy!
Here’s a pretty basic shot of Rapunzel’s Tower. Instead of shooting over the fence I decided to use it to create some foreground interest. I really like how it crosses the frame here and the light from the post lamp looks great on the wood. And of course no night time shot is complete without stars so they’re here too. Have a great weekend everyone and enjoy!
Every once in a while I’ll try something different with my editing in an effort to break up the sameness and today’s photo is representative of that. When I started working on this shot it was clear from the beginning using my standard editing procedure would have less than stellar results. I spent a bit first building a color palette the image would live in. I then worked on recoloring the image to live in that space. Once that was completed I did a significant amount of dodging and burning to help bring a moodiness to the image. I did a bit of final color toning and then one final round of dodging and burning to get to this final result. I personally really love it and hope you will too!
I have very few shots of the Prince Charming Regal Carousel and I think the reason being is even after closing there seems to be an inordinate amount of strollers parked around it. As the bane of my Disney photography existence the last thing I want is to take a shot with entire rows of strollers in it! I got around it in this case by shooting from the flower bed and shooting the inner part of the Carousel. Enjoy
I was looking through my library of images for something a bit different to edit and this day time image of Harper’s Mill and the Liberty Belle stood out to me. I’ve always liked the contrast the red in Harper’s Mill can give to the rest of the scene when I shot it at night and I thought it contrasted very well here in this day time version as well. Enjoy.