Sun and Pumpkins at the Magic Kingdom
Today’s photo comes from the Magic Kingdom!
I post this shot today since last night was the first Halloween party, and we are now officially into the fall season at Walt Disney World. Since the pumpkins and autumn colors are out, it gives us a fresh opportunity to get some new photos of old favorites, like the Main Street USA Train Station here. Normally at this hour, I tend to take photos from the Tomorrowland side of this station, following the typical rule of having the sun touching your back. But, when I was at the park, I had my Rokinon fisheye lens for my OM-D with me, and I know that the lens produces absolutely killer starbursts. So, I headed over to the Frontierland side of the Train Station, and found a composition that included both the pumpkins, the station, and that bright Florida sun. In order to get that sunburst the way it was, I made sure to set my aperture to f/11. That was a happy medium for me, as it created the sunburst that I wanted, but it didn’t go too far as to start causing diffraction, which is softness produced by having too small of an aperture. This is especially important on the Micro 4/3 camera systems, as diffraction happens earlier.
The processing on this photo was also important. When you have such a large amount of dynamic range, it can sometimes be difficult to get it right. This is where I think that at this point in time, it is necessary for photographers who use Adobe editing software to have at least Lightroom 4 or Photoshop CS6. With the Camera Raw editor built into those programs, it is so easy to control highlights and shadows and make them exactly the way you want them. With the older versions of Camera Raw, doing the same thing with the sliders would especially make the highlights look very ugly and flat.
This shot was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye Lens, both of which can be purchased over at Amazon. If you ever do shop at Amazon, please click our links here in the article before buying, that way you’ll help support us. Thanks for looking!!