Torii Gate Sunset

By Cory Disbrow on February 8th, 2013   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    2 Comments

Today’s photo comes from the Japan pavilion at Epcot.


When I shot this image, I did not have a tripod with me. I was kicking myself for not having it, since this scene would have most likely been pretty perfect for a three exposure bracket to blend together when getting home. But, I took a single exposure anyways, since I couldn’t deny the colors in the sky (and painting the clouds!). There is something about sunset at Epcot that I cannot quite put my finger on, but they somehow manage to be ultra dramatic and look wonderful in photographs.

When I edited this photo, I tried pulling the shadows way up to compensate for it being only one exposure, but it just wasn’t working out. I was starting to see vertical bands of noise in the shadows, and that’s not good. So, I decided to kind of go the opposite route and silhouette the Torii Gate. Doing this also made it pretty easy to keep the glorious sunset colors under control. I ended up doing a little bit of light painting in Lightroom on the rocks in the foreground since I really liked the soft way the light was hitting them.

This shot was taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and the Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, both which can be purchased at Amazon. Thanks for reading!


  1. Ray   |   Feb 8, 2013

    An absolutely beautiful picture….and no “fish-eye” effect (at least not noticeable to me).

  2. Scott Smith   |   Feb 14, 2013

    Incredibly beautiful shot!!! And I love that light on the wall. Just perfect!!!



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