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.
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.