As I’ve mentioned countless times my favorite side of the castle is the backside so I always try to spend a decent amount of time photographing it from different angles. I noticed this trip that with the opening of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train the amount of time available to shoot behind the castle after closing has increased. The great thing is they won’t kick everyone out until the rides are cleared and since the Mine Train seemingly takes a while to clear through the remaining guests in queue at close. That said once it’s clear they are ready for you to move through the castle in a hurry. Trade offs I suppose.
I tried something different for once and shot fireworks in the middle of Main Street USA with a telephoto lens. I actually got quite a few keepers. Now obviously for this shot my tripod got bumped when the fireworks beside the castle were going off but to be honest I don’t really think it affects the shot that much. I actually think it looks pretty cool. Plus I loved the burst at the top too much to throw it away. What do you think?
My favorite place to shoot fireworks from, but I’ve done it so many times now I didn’t even bother this trip. Still the building itself makes a wonderful night time shot. I think my favorite thing about photographing the world showcase is that you really can come away with a ton of different and unique looking shots and its all right there within walking distance of each other Enjoy!
On the last night in the Magic Kingdom we were hanging out in the hub for the 2nd Main Street Electrical parade of the night. As I’m sure many of you know there are often large gaps in between floats for one reason or another so I was getting kinda bored waiting on the next float to shoot so I started playing around with a couple shots of the Partners statue. I wasn’t happy with how auto focus was working out so I switched over to manual focus and grabbed a few shots. I was particularly pleased with this one so here it is. I hope you enjoy!
Also I started a new group for critiquing Disney photos on Facebook. The goal is to help each other grow and become better photographers. You can join at https://www.facebook.com/groups/793223147386382/
I’ve shot this area quite a bit over the past few years so I’m always looking for new and different angles to try and make something new here. I think the twist or slant works particularly well from this angle. While part of me is disappointed that Miss Piggy is spinning again as I enjoyed the few times I was able to shoot this while she was broken it’s nice to see Disney fixing some of the smaller things. Thanks for looking and enjoy.
For this shot I was trying to use the road to lead the eye up to the Tower of Terror. While this left less room at the top to show off the sky I think I prefer this as the frame feels less empty. Once again shot with the 70-200 2.8 which was on my camera this trip more than any other lens. The way it performs makes it hard to want to switch it out even though my first love will always be ultra wide photography. Enjoy.
A few months ago I shot a few bottle shots for a product refresh for Ocean Vodka. They have finally announced/revealed the change along with the product shot I did for them. You can read the full release at http://oceanvodka.com/ocean-organic-vodka-elevates-brand-image-with-new-bottle-and-logo/
As I’ve been mentioning I’ve replaced Lightroom in my work flow with Capture One. There are numerous reasons for this and I plan on releasing a video soon touching on some of this. In the mean time if you’d like to give it a try you can download a trial from Phase One’s website. The program is currently on sale 50% off for $149 but you can use my exclusive code AMBCOOPER and receive an additional 10% off. You can pick it up at http://www.phaseone.com/en/Online-Store/Capture-One-Pro-7.aspx. I highly recommend it. Be sure to tell me what you think of it or ask me any questions in the comments!
We critique and edit user submitted photos from Walt Disney World. This video walks you through editing Disney World photos using advanced Photoshop techniques. This week we walk you through editing a 5 shot HDR bracket using Lightroom, Photomatix and Photoshop. We also discuss the importance of RAW, cleaning up JPG artifacts and more in the advanced portion of the video. We’d love to hear your feedback so be sure to leave comments and questions.This will be a new weekly series and you can submit your photos for consideration to [email protected]
You can download my own Wishes bracket to test out the techniques learned in this video at http://www.jourdanlaik.com/downloads/WishesBracket.zip Be sure to share your results with us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thetimethespacephotography
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I’m finally pleased to announce the release of the 1st episode in my new video series. In this first episode we have critiques on some of the submissions, a full length edit in Photoshop and an in depth advanced Photoshop technique segment. The first episode runs almost 1 1/2 hours and has been split in to 2 parts. In part 1 we take a look and critique some of the photos submitted as well as do a full length edit in Photoshop. In part 2 we dive into some advanced Photoshop techniques including straightening and removal of unwanted elements. As this is the first episode I’d especially love to hear all of your thoughts and comments so we can fine tune and improve the episodes as we go along.
Also please keep sending those submissions into [email protected] as this is going to be a weekly video series and I’ll need a constant stream of photos from all of you to make this work. And of course, just because you don’t see your photo on an episode this week doesn’t mean it won’t be in a future episode.