Torii Gate Sunset
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.