Shooting the new Star Tours Queue
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For today’s post, I am cross posting with our article from Studios Central’s Darkroom column. Over there, I posted two shots, one of the old Star Tours queue, and one of the new Star Tours queue. For the technical side of things, I’m going to talk about the photo of the new Star Tours queue, which looks like this:
To get this shot, I went into the queue about 20 minutes before park close where there was less than a five minute wait for the ride. I set up my tripod and had the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens attached. I knew I wanted to go wide to get all the swoops and curves from the railings. I fired off an HDR bracket of [-3, -1, +1] to achieve this shot. And I almost got ran over by a girl coming through the Fastpass line. The things we do for our photos!
When home on the computer, I first loaded all three images into Photoshop’s Camera Raw editor and adjusted the White Balance. This is a little tricky in this room now due to all the blues and purples mixed with the hot orange and red on the Starspeeder. I then saved all the photos and opened them in Photomatix, using the Exposure Fusion method. After a little tinkering, I saved it and went back into Photoshop and into Camera Raw. I added some contrast, and cooled down the reds and oranges a little bit. In Photoshop proper, I went into Nik’s Color Efex Pro and applied the Pro Contrast filter. I then went back into Color Efex Pro and applied a very slight amount of Tonal Contrast. With that filter, a lot can go a long way! A quick Unsharp Mask after that, and I was just about done. Although, something seemed very jagged and aggressive and I couldn’t figure out what it was. So, I went back into Color Efex Pro and added a tiny bit of Glamour Glow. That helped make some of the lighting less harsh and made the image what I was looking for. I then saved it, and am now sharing it with you!
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