I’m a bit behind processing my Disneyland photos so you’re getting a shot I already have finished from my visit to Yosemite. This was taken from Glacier point during sunset. I was up here a little over an hour shooting through golden hour and got quite a few different comps I liked. This is the second one I’m sharing from this spot. Enjoy!
Although I typically try to keep my shots people free I sometimes find myself looking for shots I can take that don’t bother me if they are completely people free. This is one of those type shots where the sides matter so little to the photo that I don’t mind a few ghosted-out people. This is a 2 shot blend with a 30 second base exposure and a second exposure to clean up some of the highlights in the background. Very minimal processing required.
Nothing crazy to say about this shot. It’s a standard side shot of Crystal Arcade on Main Street USA. I will mention that I found the shops on Disneyland’s Main Street more photogenic than Walt Disney World’s. On the other hand, Walt Disney World has the better shot down Main Street thanks to the larger Cinderella Castle. Sleeping Beauty Castle gets a bit lost in the Disneyland version of that shot.
Here’s another shot from my first night at Disney California Adventure. They weren’t quite done putting up the seasonal purple lights yet so it’s kind of a unique shot. Unfortunately, this was also the night security was pushing very hard so it’s one of very few photos I got from the night. I guess it turned out alright for a rush job. Enjoy.
I have another shot today from my brief stay in Joshua Tree National Park. This shot was taken just on the opposite side of Arch Rock. I would have loved to have another night here as I feel like there’s so many cool rock formations here (and Joshua Trees!) that you could find endless great compositions.
It’s the most beautiful sight in all the kingdom, the back side of castle. Much like Cinderella Castle, although I do love the classic front view I found myself preferring the back-side view of Sleeping Beauty Castle as well. I think it’s because there are simply more interesting details to enjoy. Which side do you prefer?
Say the title like Ru-fi-o from Hook and then chant it over and over. Anyways… this is another great little dark ride at Disneyland. It’s not terribly difficult to shoot (other than the blue fairy, I missed her twice!). Shot with my Nikon 28 1.4 at 1.4 and 1/125 and ISO 6400. Enjoy!
On my last night at Disneyland I had practically no shots from Cars Land. This was a land I was especially wanting to get a bunch of different shots from so I spent practically the entire evening wandering around the land getting various ones I had in mind. Fortunately for me the green/purple lighting on Radiator Racer Springs was working off and on so I was able to shoot it both ways throughout the evening. I can’t say I’m a big fan of the green/purple combo (it doesn’t make sense) but the classic color scheme is phenomenal. Pair that up with the dusk sky (I don’t want any of you astro nerds messaging me telling me this isn’t really dusk) and I think you’ve got a winning combination.
Getting a shot of Disneyland Splash Mountain from the front facing angle is much more difficult than at Walt Disney World. I wandered around here quite a while trying to find some good spots to shoot from and trying to figure out how to shoot over the high fence. Well I couldn’t so I took my lens off and re-attached it to my camera body through the fence instead. Much easier (riskier?) and I was able to finally frame up and get the shot I was looking for.
As an added bonus the fireworks started going off around the same time I started shooting (long story on why I wasn’t shooting the fireworks). This really helped light up the foreground and the frame I used here was nicely illuminated by some non-colored fireworks. I ended up using only 2 shots total, the one extra lit up from the fireworks, and another frame to cleanup some highlights. I made several color and levels adjustments and did some manual dodging and burning to get my final image.
Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride is the ride I most anticipated riding during my visit to Disneyland. While that may seem odd I have many memories of riding it as a young kid. It did not disappoint. I LOVE the old school dark rides and the charm they bring. Disneyland’s Fantasyland in fact has so many great dark rides I found myself going on them repeatedly. I hope that eventually Disney will build the next great dark ride and not lose themselves to building only thrill rides.