March 24, 2012

Behind the Shot - Steaming into the Sunset

We're back from a hiatus with a new "Behind the Shot". This time, join Michaela as she takes on a beautiful Disneyland sunset over the Rivers of America. We hope you enjoy another trip behind the scenes with us!

Steaming into the Sunset
Photo by Michaela Hansen

Comments (4)

On March 25, 2012 at 12:40 AM , Ryan A. said...

Great picture! And great video to go along with it! I definitely am looking forward to seeing more of these "Behind the Shot" segments. I have very little knowledge of HDR, so this was particularly interesting to see.

I was under the impression that HDR shots were comprised of several shots including longer-exposure shots, so I was always not sure if these type of "action" shots were true HDR as opposed to the shots that you have with no people in them (I love these "empty park" shots the most, but I figured it was a necessity because HDR couldn't do all three exposures in one shot) but I'm gathering from this video that that is not the case and that they all are true HDR? I'll have to read up on that at some point, but for now I'm just going to continue looking at all of TDD's pics! :)

On March 25, 2012 at 10:20 AM , Michaela Hansen said...

Thanks Ryan! HDR is composed of several shots and action shots like these are still considered true HDRs. The difference between this shot and one taken with no movement in the scene is masking. For action shots we still process the 3 exposures in Photomatix like we would any other shot, but we will either use a feature from Photomatix which removes any ghosting by pulling from one of the exposures for the area with movement or we do this manually in Photoshop.

On March 25, 2012 at 11:15 PM , Brandon Watts said...

Awesome capture, you are definitely a lot braver than me. I don't think I would ever hand hold an HDR shot but this came out very crisp and vibrant so my hat's off to you. You're making want to go off and process some of my Disney World images now, but I have an early morning so maybe tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing more :)

On March 26, 2012 at 10:20 AM , Michaela Hansen said...

Brandon, Haha...thank you! I know, Matthew and Kevin like to give me a hard time and call me the human tripod. I really do prefer to use my tripod, but when there is a massive crowd and I really want a shot, I will try for it. Sometimes it works and sometimes not so much, but I figure it's better than walking away from a shot. I look forward to seeing your latest WDW work!