I went to Cloudland Canyon State Park to shoot the waterfalls but ended up focusing a lot on Daniel Creek that the falls flow in to. I tried to mix it up with my 70-200 2.8 and ended up getting some of my favorite shots from the trip with it. Enjoy.
One of the things I really love about photography is no matter how many times you photograph a scene it’s always different. I’ve done this scene many times now at different times of the day and night but was never fortunate enough for a really great sunset. Well the sky certainly delivered this time around to give me something to work with and this is easily my favorite shot I’ve done of this scene. I hope you enjoy it too and thanks for looking!
When I was setting up for this shot I originally had the camera leveled but looking through the viewfinder it felt a bit static so I started playing around with the angle a bit. I think this made the shot a bit more dynamic and interesting. This little area I think is great for an “empty park shot” since it gives it that feel of a late night city street in France. Well, to me anyway. Enjoy.
So I’ll just mention right off the bat yes the flag pole is down, and no I didn’t get this shot perfectly center. I’ll blame that on the fact I was under duress from the security guy yelling at me from down below that I had to leave just as I had set down the tripod. I made a quick adjustment and fired off a very quick 3 shot bracket and this is what I have to show for it. Even slightly off center I can’t really be unhappy with the shot though as I’m very happy with how it turned out. The unobstructed view of the Castle lit up with the dreamlights is certainly something special. Enjoy!
Pizza Planet in Hollywood Studios is one of those things that could have been really great but ended up being a missed opportunity in my opinion. Still, I didn’t have a shot of the exterior facade and I do think the logo and rocket ship look kinda cool so here you have it. Not much else to say about this one.
This shot has been a nemesis of mine over the years. I’ve tried numerous times and always came away with a shot that just wasn’t quite there. Ultimately I think something like the 85 1.4g would be the best lens for this shot but I made due with the 70-200 2.8 instead. he looks I got getting on the ride with this lens was pretty hilarious though. Bonus: we got the front row. It was all good though, I always wear a rain jacket on Splash because I don’t enjoy getting wet and my wife had a large poncho on so when the big splash came I passed it off to here and she held it under the poncho. Hey, whatever works right? Anyway, the 70-200 pulled it out, and the VR certainly helped in getting these two nice and sharp.
Happy Fireworks Friday everyone. Here’s another shot from my very last minute setup for Wishes on our last night in Walt Disney World. I had finished shooting at Hollywood Studios and caught the bus with no real intention of actually making it to the Magic Kingdom in time to shoot wishes. As luck would have it though I did make it and found an OK spot to setup on Main Street. Funny enough these shots turned out to be some of my favorite firework shots of the whole trip!
Peter Pan’s Flight, a nemesis of many dark ride shooters. It’s the kind of ride where if you come away with even 1 good shot you can count it a success. Now I’ve shot this ride with 1.4 glass in the past and had success but this trip I was carrying 2.8 glass only. Still, I was hoping the D810’s improved auto focus would help me nail more shots. And I have to say it was quite the success. I came away with quite a few keepers from a single run through, far more than I ever had before. Next time I’ll make sure to bring some fast 1.4 glass which should make for some hopefully stunning results.
It has been a really really long time since I was able to shoot this scene with the dreamlights. And in fact the time I did the hub was littered with tons of equipment for the Christmas parade. I really like having the poinsettias in the flower bed to add some nice red color pop in contrast to the castle. I did do one thing different this time around that I hadn’t tried before was I did two brackets of 5 focus stacked. So 5 focused for Partners, and 5 for the castle. This actually made a huge difference in sharpness front to back compared to previous shots where I would focus somewhere in the middle or on the statue only. So it was a little bit of extra work for the final product but I think the gains were well worth it. Enjoy.
Last time I shot this was not long after they opened Dumbo in its new location. One of the things that was quite unique about the shot then is the sign across the middle hadn’t even been installed. It’s nice to have that unique shot but I wanted one with the sign now and made sure to get this one marked off the checklist. I decided to go especially wide and get the ‘ticket booths’ included as I felt it adds to the overall circus feel. I hope you enjoy it.