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Monorail Monday

By Cory Disbrow on March 3rd, 2014   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    10 Comments

It’s been quite some time again, and I hate leaving the blog with no content, so it’ll be just a simple photo post for today.

Last week, some of us got together at WDW for a lot of fun and a little bit of shooting. I was with Ryan, so this obviously meant that I would have more monorail shots than anything else. We had to go over to his favorite monorail spot, the waterway near Journey into Imagination. Just so that there is some substance to this post, here is the original RAW file:

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This was taken around sunset time, and I wanted to make sure I exposed for the monorail. That led to the sky being blown out quite a bit. I also made sure to do some lens perspective correction, that way some of the funky distortion went away. I also cannot stand the sewer cover in the grass, both from a photographic perspective as well as that of a guest, so I made sure to head into Photoshop to content aware fill it into oblivion. By the way, if you haven’t jumped on the $9.99 a month deal for Lightroom/Photoshop through Adobe Creative Cloud, definitely give it a shot. I’ve been using it now for a few months, and have gotten more than my fair share of updates pushed out for the software, which is pretty cool. Anyways, here’s the finished product:

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It’s pretty amazing what Lightroom and Photoshop can do. Great tools.

On a side note, and something I hope to elaborate quite a bit on in the near future, this photo was taken with the Sony A7
full frame mirrorless camera. I’ve been quietly shooting with this for about 2 months now, and I’m absolutely in love. But again, that’s for another (very long and winded) blog post. If you want to help keep us afloat, check out our Amazon page, where anything you purchase after clicking will toss something back to us at no extra charge to you. Thanks for looking!

10 Comments

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  2. Melanie   |   Mar 3, 2014

    Yay for the a7! I got mine in December and got to use it at Disney when I was there for Christmas. So far I absolutely love it. I’ll be heading back to DW on Thursday, and I’m already itching to get out there and take more photos.

  3. Joe   |   Mar 3, 2014

    Can’t wait to hear about the A7

  4. Brian   |   Mar 3, 2014

    I have Lightroom 5, but I have no idea where to start. Is there a book you may suggest I start with. If not, where do suggest I start?

    • Cory Disbrow   |   Mar 7, 2014

      I would give lynda.com a try. They have tons of videos to watch. YouTube has some great ones as well, including a few that we’ve done on this site!

  5. Laurie   |   Mar 4, 2014

    How did you bring the colors out in the sky?

    • Cory Disbrow   |   Mar 7, 2014

      To bring out the sky colors, I toned down the highlights slider in Lightroom by a lot, and then added a significant amount of saturation to only the orange and yellow color channels.

  6. Laurie   |   Mar 4, 2014

    And one more question: I’ve never used content aware, but would have cloned out the cover. What advantage does content aware fill have over cloning?

    • Cory Disbrow   |   Mar 7, 2014

      In my experience with cloning, I have to do it all by hand, and it never looks right or natural when I do it. By using content aware, I just use the lasso tool, and Photoshop takes care of it in about 10 seconds!

  7. Chris M.   |   Mar 7, 2014

    I always enjoy posts with before and after photos. Thanks for sharing some of the processing.

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