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Sunset Boulevard Nights

Sunset Boulevard Nights

Today's shot is another shot with the Nikon 35 1.4. In addition to the tighter view I get with this lens I love just how natural the scenes look with this lens. Per usual, the main difficulty with any shot that contains neon, is blending...

Quiet Night in Hollywood Studios

Quiet Night in Hollywood Studios

As I'm slowly getting back into the swing of editing some new photos I wanted to pick something easy to start. This particular shot isn't too challenging with the only real problem being the few neon signs. It's nothing a bracketed set of photos, luminosity...

Sunburst Gertie

Sunburst Gertie

This is one of those on the fly photos. I'm walking past Gertie on my way to Star Tours, I notice the sunburst, so I stop and fire off a couple quick shots. I like to go with some sort of tilt with Gertie shots...

Crossroads of Neon

Crossroads of Neon

This shot really requires a lot of patience. Shooting directly at the exit and wanting a people free image means you are going to have to wait a while. Still, it is a rarer shot so I think it is worth it. I got the...

Sunset Boulevard Perspective

Sunset Boulevard Perspective

Today's shot is another one with the Nikon 35 1.4. Again, it gives me a tighter view that I think offers a nice look down Sunset Boulevard. You will notice a few stragglers at the end of the boulevard. Interestingly this was after the park...

Lights, Camera, Blue Hour

Lights, Camera, Blue Hour

I have done this shot before but always at night and in a vertical orientation.  I had been thinking it would be cool at blue hour so I made sure to make a stop here when the time came. I went with a horizontal framing...

Plutos Palace

Pluto’s Palace

One night a couple hours before Hollywood Studios closed I wasn’t really in the mood for rides. I really just wanted to do some shooting but of course that can be problematic if you want people free shots. I ended up wandering around the park for a few hours shooting different angles where I could get people free shots even though they were everywhere. I’m really glad I did as I ended up with a bunch of shots I probably would have never taken otherwise like this one of Pluto’s Palace.

The Unobstructed Great Movie Ride

The Unobstructed Great Movie Ride

Though Hollywood Studios is seriously lacking now there is a lot to look forward to in the future. For me the removal of the hat was the first step towards the revitalization of the park. It’s just a wonderful feeling to have this unobstructed view back and I was absolutely thrilled to be able to get a shot like this after waiting and hoping for years it would happen.

AT-AT star tours

Star Tours: AT-AT & the Forest Moon of Endor

I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan for a long time now. So of course I’m super stoked for the new Star Wars land coming to Hollywood Studios. While Star Tours is a fine ride there’s really not a lot from a photography stand point. I am really looking forward to being able to photograph an entire Star Wars land. I just hope they get the site lines right so it can be truly immersive. Something about a big balloon with Kermit on it in the background of Tatooine Traders kills the immersion.