Today’s photo comes from a beautiful morning on Main Street USA. To be able to get this shot, I had to be able to get to, and get into the Magic Kingdom nice and early. This week, the parks are still in Spring Break mode, making this one possible. The day I went, the Magic Kingdom opened at 8AM, and also had Extra Magic Hours at 7AM. Even though I am local and thus not staying at a Disney resort, this made it possible for me to get into the park at about 7:50. At this point, the sun was a little higher than I would have liked it to be for shots facing the opposite side of the park, but it meant for the west side of the park to be bathed in amazing, warm light. Since it was so early, the park was not very crowded yet. I suppose the people that were there wanted to see attractions instead of photographing the guest relations building! But, it made for a nice shooting situation with people not ruining the shot, and myself getting to take advantage of that light. You’ll be seeing more shots from this morning soon, but I forgot until this week how wonderful the park is in the early morning. The light is beautiful, the weather is comfy, and the atmosphere is fantastic. In terms of processing this one, I had quite a handful. First thing was to correct the distortion. Since this was shot super [...]
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Today’s post comes to you straight from the central Hub area at Disneyland. The central area of Disneyland is one of my favorite places on Earth. All the trees, benches, and beautiful flowers help add to the wonderful charm and nostalgia of Sleeping Beauty Castle. It has a much more intimate feel and mood than the very busy and relatively bare central Hub at the Magic Kingdom. It feels like there is just less concrete in the Disneyland version, and I like that. This shot is not one that jumps off of the page and makes you think, “Wow, this is an amazing composition!” I’m well aware of that. To be completely honest, I wasn’t going for anything revolutionary or creative. What I was aiming to capture is the feel of the central plaza, and to try to draw on the emotion I feel when standing in this area. From this area, Disneyland looks like a regular old park that you would happen to find in your local neighborhood, just with a castle sitting in the middle of it, and an Astro Orbitor off to the right hand side of the frame! From a compositional standpoint, this was also a shot that I purposefully took a little bit tighter due to the fact that there were no clouds in the sky that morning. The light on the castle was beautiful and the sky was blue, but without the clouds, the sky becomes a little uninteresting. By shooting a bit tighter [...]
Today’s photo is of the newest monorail wrapped to promote a movie, the Iron Manorail. Monorail Black was recently wrapped by Disney to promote the release of Iron Man 3, which hits theaters in May. I was glad to see that they went with Monorail Black as opposed to Red, which is what they wrapped for the promotion of the Avengers last year. These monorail wraps have come under fire from the Disney community ever since the Tronorail first hit to promote Tron: Legacy a few years back. The general consensus seems to be that the Monorail is a symbol of WDW and not just a place for advertising, much like a city bus. Even so, I think this one looks much nicer than the Avengers monorail. This one is a little tough to photograph, though. The main reason for that is because it is on the Magic Kingdom line, which in my opinion is much more difficult to shoot than the ones on the Epcot loop. But, due to contractual obligations, these Marvel wraps cannot run within a theme park, which is what the Epcot loop involves, so it is stuck servicing MK. I just don’t feel that the MK loop has as many compelling photo locations. Another reason that this is tricky is due to the lighting conditions. For example, the shot I posted was from a place where I thought that the angle was at least sort of cool with the monorail being nice and close, and [...]
When I started in photography, I was told to always keep the sun at my back for the best possible light on a subject especially during golden hour. However, recently I have spent a lot of time looking for ways to capture a shot looking into the sun. It’s a bit more difficult to do but if pulled off properly backlit photos can be much more interesting. On my recent Walt Disney World trip I had some time to wander around the Magic Kingdom at sunset. At first I tried a few shots with the sun at my back capturing Partners and Cinderella Castle bathed in warm golden sunlight. As the sun got lower I decided to walk to the other side of the castle and see what it looked like pointing into the sun. I found this location and loved what I saw. There are so many great elements from this location from the rocks, to the water leading to the castle and then of course, the sun peering through the tops of the trees. I loved the mood as that beautiful warm golden hour light seemed to outline the landscape. I wanted to capture the mood as best I could so I began experimenting. I stopped the lens down a bit to f/13 to create a nice burst of around the sun and then played with various shutter speeds and ISOs to get a balance between the very bright sun and sky and the darker regions in [...]