Sleeping Beauty Castle Sunset
Hey guys! It’s been a week now, and the reason I haven’t posted anything new on the site is because I just spent a week out at Disneyland to enjoy the park, do some photography work, and see what all the fuss is about at DCA 2.0. So, you’ll be seeing a mixture of both WDW and DLR photos from me for the foreseeable future. Here’s the first shot I edited from the trip.
One of my favorite things about Disneyland is Sleeping Beauty Castle. I know it’s small, but it is the original, and it is just beautiful. And great to photograph. I feel there are more interesting compositions for this one than Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom, due to the statuettes, the fact that both angles yield great results, and you can shoot it straight on without an ugly stage being in the way. I was lucky enough to get beautiful clear days the entire time I was at the resort, which made for some lovely sunset and blue hour shooting.
From a technical standpoint, this shot came from three different exposures. I set up my tripod and fired off a [-2, 0, +2] bracket to cover the dynamic range. When I got home, I used Photomatix to blend them, and in a rare move from me, I actually used tone mapping as opposed to exposure fusion. It just looked right to me, even if to some it may look a little over-processed. After blending the images, I opened it in Lightroom to do some basic color correction, like the pinks on the top of the castle, which even before it gets truly dark out, tend to overexpose way too much. A couple Nik filters came after that, with the most important being Glamour Glow, which helps give the vibe you see in the shot.