Night Monorail by Norm Lanier Via Flickr: I went to the Contemporary Hotel to shoot the fireworks. My bad - I didn’t pay attention to the schedule and fireworks started 2 hours later than I thought and I had to leave so no fireworks. On the up side the monorails were running a heavy schedule. This caused a train to come to a complete stop right in front of me. I was able to grab this non-blurry, non-grainy shot at night.
February 11, 2011: Mickey’s Toontown Fair officially closes at the end of the day.
Mickey’s Toontown Fair was a country themed fairground/town complete with colorful tents and circus theme, as well as Goofy’s Wiseacre Farm including the Barnstormer, a family friendly roller coaster, and Mickey and Minnie’s houses. You could also meet the Big Cheese himself after touring his house.
This area was needed for the Fantasyland expansion and now only the Barnstormer still stands although with a new theme. Additionally, they moved and expanded the Dumbo attraction into the area formerly occupied by Mickey’s Toontown Fair. You can also meet a rotation of characters in the area.
I always thought Mickey’s Toontown Fair was a fun area, and I loved being able to explore Mickey and Minnie’s houses. The houses were a good way to incorporate a line to see the characters into something fun, and many of the items in Minnie’s house were interactive, and there were lots of opportunities to take photos in their houses with some decidedly mouse-like home decor!
Valentines Tower of Terror by joe diebold Via Flickr: I decided to try something different and use the flowers from the Beauty and the Beast stage show area as a foreground to give some pop of color to the tower. Perfect for Valentines
Spaceship Earth Sunset by Matthew Cooper Via Flickr: The Cinderella Castle sunset picture has really become popular but I don’t really see many Spaceship Earth Sunset photos. Maybe I’m just not looking well enough but I’d like to see this become as popular as the Castle sunset shots. Frankly Spaceship Earth and the surrounding area offers many more unique shots shooting into the sun than Cinderella Castle does so there is a lot of room for artistic expression here. Perhaps the issue is that it’s at the front of the park and so most people are further into the park at sunset as opposed to Cinderella Castle which is located in the center of the park and easier to go to for sunset shots.
This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Nikon 14-24 2.8 handheld. Of course shooting at this angle into the sun I got some nasty rainbow flaring in the trees. I find it incredibly distracting so the first thing I did was work on removing that. I manually blended a 3 exposure bracket (after aligning due to shooting handheld) to create my base image. I did my typical round of editing with levels adjustments, color balancing, saturation adjustments, etc. For whatever reason I found myself spending a lot of time adjusting the yellow color channel in this image. I was having a difficult time getting the yellow to look how I wanted. As it was becoming saturated it really took on an unappealing quality. Ultimately some selective color adjustments allowed me to fine tune it and get it close to what I wanted. My one regret is not taking the time to setup on a tripod for this shot. This would have allowed me to do a more extensive bracket and get a bit more detail around the sun.
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