Today’s photo is another Magic Kingdom sunrise shot, but is one to help prove a point and teach a lesson. This shot is a very similar composition to one shot that I posted a few weeks ago from the same morning. The shot I posted before was taken about 30 minutes earlier. It really is remarkable to see the difference in 30 minutes when it comes to blue hour/sunrise or sunset shooting. In the earlier shot, it was primarily blue hour with a tiny bit of orange starting to hit the horizon. 30 minutes later, there is much more orange and yellow in the sky, and the blue is, for the most part, gone. The above shot was also a much more difficult one to process. The light during the blue hour on that morning was much more smooth and there wasn’t quite as much dynamic range to the scene. In this photo, the light is a little more harsh from the sun being higher. That being said, I like both shots, but I think I prefer the blue hour version. What do you all think? This photo was taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, both of which are available at Amazon. If you are an Amazon shopper, please click our links within the article, and then anything you purchase will help support the site! Thanks for reading!
Today’s photo comes from a wet night at the Magic Kingdom. This night was an interesting one, as it involved missing a sunset and a good chunk of nighttime shooting due to heavy rain. But, there are rewards for waiting, like these wet pavements that add a lot of texture to the image. I also found the sky at the time I shot this to be very interesting, as since the storm was blowing past, there was a lot of motion in the clouds. This scene is a tricky one to get at night, since the banner on the clock tower and the banner for the attraction sign get blown around a lot, which means they won’t come out super sharp when doing a long exposure like the one above. But, I think it still looks pretty cool, and definitely worth posting. This shot was taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens, both of which are available at Amazon. If you ever do any Amazon shopping, please click our links here first, as anything you buy will help support the site! Thanks for reading!
For today’s post, I’d like to share two images. They were taken within seconds of each other, and they were processed literally the same. Exposure, shadows, blacks, sharpening, everything. The only main difference (aside from me moving a tiny bit in between shooting) is that one was shot at f/1.4 and the other was shot at f/2.8, a difference of two stops. Here is the f/1.4 version: And now f/2.8: I’ll start by saying that there are things I like in both photos. In the f/1.4 version, it has a much more dramatic and cinematic look. Minnie has a significantly more “3D look” to here, and I like the natural vignette that the lens adds when shot wide open. The f/2.8 version is sharper on the statue, and the background is less blurred out, making it so that Sleeping Beauty Castle is more recognizable. At the same time, I’m not sure if the background works so well on the f/2.8 version, since the bokeh is a bit distracting and draws the eye away from Minnie. But on the f/1.4 version, you can see focus on Minnie’s eyes, but not on her nose. I think both shots work, and really come down to a matter of preference of the viewer or person taking the photo. Which one do you all like better? These were both taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM, both of which are available at Amazon. If you shop at Amazon, [...]
Today’s photos comes to us from Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure. It has been quite a while since we’ve posted a DCA photo, and also quite a while since I’ve edited some of the many that I took on my most recent trip out there. So, I dove into my libraries, and of course, my Buena Vista Street photos were screaming to be edited. There is just something about that area that I fell in love with. That said, this shot was not actually an easy one to get, even though the relatively simple composition says otherwise. The Storytellers statue is very effective, in my opinion. It is a perfect counterpart to the Partners statue across the Esplanade, as it shows a young Walt, one who isn’t propped up on a pedestal, and is still very much just one of us. Someone with a dream, but scratching and clawing to get by. It is wonderful to see that parallel, but when it comes to taking photos of this statue, it becomes difficult as everyone wants their photo with their arm around Walt, something that cannot be done with the Partners statue. This means that if you want a nice and clean photo like this, you must have some patience. The other large difficulty is the lighting. If you try to get this shot during the morning, it simply won’t work out for you. All the light in the morning comes from pretty much right behind the statue, thus [...]
Today on the blog, we have a new Lightroom 4 tutorial to share with you. This one is extra special since it involves Sir Tow Mater! Here is the before shot: And the finished product: It’s fantastic what you can do in Lightroom, for sure. This photo was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Panasonic Leica 25mm f/1.4 lens, both of which are available at Amazon. If you shop at Amazon, please click the links here in the articles, as anything you purchase after that will help support us. Thanks for watching!