I was going through a bunch of older work files of shots I started and never finished for one reason or another when I came across this shot. I thought it had potential but my original work on it was pretty terrible so I started back with the original file and was able to get a very pleasing edit in about 30 minutes. I recall spending a lot of time struggling with this originally for whatever reason. I’ve certainly changed and improved my editing in a year but it’s still funny to think how as we grow as photographers something that seemed difficult just a short while ago is now seemingly easy. This is why I like revisiting older shots from time to time as I often find myself able to make a shot work that simply wasn’t working before.
I have to say, after getting a couple different shots from the train station with the flag pole down it really is too bad they don’t relocate it off to side on a permanent basis. I know they aren’t particularly concerned with what us photographers want but man is it nice to have that unobstructed view of the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy.
One thing I found kind of interesting when I was looking at this shot while processing is the placards with which princesses are meeting were missing. I guess they take them down each night as it possibly changes day to day? I’m not sure, but I found it kind of odd.
I tried something a bit different on the processing front with today’s shot. I always dodge and burn my shots to some extent but with this one I processed everything as normal til I had a near complete shot minus the dodge and burn. Then I spent much more time than usual dodging and burning to sculpt the light and try to create something more dynamic. I think this approach created a much stronger final image so I think I’ll be trying this approach with future shots. Enjoy.
Like any dark ride photographer I love ride stops and was fortunate enough to have one in this difficult scene that lasted nearly 10 minutes. Unfortunately that only helps so much when the animatronics and even the wall paintings are almost constantly moving. So what I ended up doing was shooting a long exposure at a much lower iso than usual possible then shooting several higher iso (but still lower than a normal ride through) for the moving parts and then combined it all in post. I think it all turned out pretty well. The only thing I would have done different is done another set focus stacked for the front cavemen. As they say though, hindsight is 20/20. Enjoy.
After riding Thunder Mountain we were heading to see Country Bears and we noticed the moon coming over the castle. The wife and I setup and started shooting like crazy as it rose up. Funny enough, as we setup there was no one around but as we started shooting people stopped to look at what we were shooting and soon a large crowd gathered as tons of people started snapping pics. To be honest this photo doesn’t nearly do justice to how awesome it looked in person but it will have to do. Enjoy.
It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Animal Kingdom shot so I decided to mix one in today. Honestly Animal Kingdom is seriously under represented in my Photostream. As it is slowly becoming an all day park hopefully that will change and I’ll spend more time in that park getting shots. Until then, enjoy another shot of Expedition Everest.
This seemed like an appropriate shot for today what with the temp barely being above 0 degrees. I actually think when I took this shot the temps weren’t that cool but any shot of the iced out castle gives me memories of the cold. I think part of this has to do with my first trip to Disney with a camera it was absolutely freezing. I remember standing in front of the castle with all the dreamlights freezing as an unexpected arctic blast came down. Now whenever I see the dreamlights I always think of that week and how cold it was. Enjoy.
I didn’t really intend it but I guess I’m on a Hollywood Studios kick this week, this being my 3rd studios shot this week. This shot is kinda rare for me in that it’s not a night time or sunset/sunrise pic. I very rarely post anything else. I really liked how blue the sky was here though and I thought it had some powerful colors. Enjoy.
The Great Movie Ride scene of Alien is another one of those scenes I love shooting over and over trying different angles and shooting both wide and close ups of Ripley. The spinning lights also help add a certain dynamic as each shot is a little bit different. Enjoy.
Every trip I get a few snaps of Gertie and usually I try to get them at sunset as the back light really is the best time for this particular location. The shape of Gertie I also find lends to shooting at weird angles. Others may disagree but I always find my level shots of her boring and end up going with one of my funky ones. I hope you enjoy and thanks for looking.