For whatever reason I’ve never done this shot that shows off the entire end scene to Splash Mountain. I probably thought the ones I shot previously weren’t good enough, but this one from our trip in March makes the cut. My new dark ride slayer, the Nikon 28 1.4, continues to blow me away with the images I capture with it. The rendering is absolutely impeccable, and I find the focal length is perfect for Disney dark rides. Having shot both the Nikon 24 1.4 and Nikon 35 1.4 in the past (along with some Sigma variants) I often found 24 to be slightly too wide and 35 too tight for the scene. The 28mm focal length seems to hit the spot time and time again. Highly, highly recommended.
This simple shot of the Enchanted Tiki Room and Adventureland was somewhat painful to shoot. I was doing 3 shot brackets and had 6 in a row of kids running through the scene with the multi-color laser swords. In all I took twelve total shots and used three; two for masking and one for highlight control. Lately, I’ve been utilizing the Adobe Landscape color mode as a starting point for my photos. This color profile gets me much closer to what I’m going for with my images, so I end up having to do less massaging to get to my final image. Hooray for evolving technology…
I only spent a couple hours total shooting in Cars Land during my one and only Disneyland trip, but I could see myself spending days shooting just this land. There’s so many details and so many possibilities for shots it’s truly overwhelming. With that in mind I opted to get what I felt were staple type shots. This Route 66 sign composition utilizes 3 shots. 2 for blending an additional shot to eliminate people in the frame. I spaced them out a few minutes and fortunately even with the park open was able to get this empty park shot with only 2 shots for masking!
I’ve gotten bored of the straight on shot here so I opted to mix it up with a side shot. Additionally, I used my Rokinon 12mm fisheye and got low, shooting at a slight upwards angle. As a bonus I captured the monorail on the far rail which really helps round out the shot. Enjoy.
I don’t have a whole lot new to say about today’s shot that I haven’t said about the Germany Pavilion in the past. This was taken on our trip last November (as evidenced by the decorations). I tried a slightly different angle from normal to include the moon. It’s a minor difference but helps keep it sort of fresh I suppose. Enjoy!
A little detour today away from the Disney parks and into Joshua Tree National Park. On my drive out to Disneyland last year we stopped off at numerous National Parks where I took tons of photos that have mostly sat unprocessed. I’ve been going through those and figured it was time to start mixing in some of the ones I’ve finished. This was taken near our camping spot at Arch Rock in the park at sunset. Enjoy.
Immediately after shooting Illuminations from behind Belle and the Beast I took this shot from the front. The unexpected side effect is the smoke from the fireworks was still drifting past and created this awesome atmosphere in the photo. Later photos taken in the same area after the smoke had cleared seamed almost boring in comparison. I kept the exposure low, which combined with the misty look in the air I thought created a great romantic mood, perfect for Belle and Beast. In conclusion, I wonder what Disney security would think about my own personal smoke generator in my camera bag – lol.