March 25, 2012

Like You've Never Seen Before

I hope you'll forgive the cheesy heading but we have some news we feel is worth sharing. Starting tomorrow, we will be sharing all of our images in their full resolution, which means they'll be roughly three times bigger than what you're used to seeing. We felt for a long time that offering what our gallery defines as "X3" in size would suffice for most people to display on their computer backgrounds and screen savers. With a growing request for higher resolution pictures from folks who visit often and the growing availability of things like Retina displays, it seems only right to continue full steam in our goal of sharing a bit of Disney magic every day by making our original images available to accommodate. We still ask that no one print our images as we are not licensed by Disney to offer these images for sale and we want to avoid any potential copyright issues. The pictures will still remain watermark free. You are still welcome to use them as a computer background, on a blog or any digital way that blows your socks down, with the exception of derivative works. We simply ask that you give us credit and link back to our web site. We hope this news excites you as much as it does us. Get ready to see our pictures like you've never seen them before!

Daily Photo Tour - No Turning Back Now

It seems like it's been too long since I've worked on a picture of the Haunted Mansion. Rectifying that problem tonight was a lot of fun. Every picture is different and it's rare that the flow of one is ever similar to another but I can say that I took my time on this image more than I usually do. Partly it was fun. Partly it was having inspiration and drive to go after what I wanted this picture to be. This angle is one that I was rather happy to find. I've loved this stone structure with its warmly lit wooden door and for a long time, wanted to share it here in some way. I always get a sort of lighthouse feeling from it. Maybe it's the stone in particular, but this rustic treasure, on the backside of the Harbor Galley, sits next to the Rivers of America and New Orleans Square, a port city. In my own imagination, I see this structure oceanside with cold, tempestuous waves thrashing against it, trying to tear it down. To have a dreary feeling like that pairs so well with the Haunted Mansion. Its ship weathervane plays into my notion nicely, as do some of the backstories to the mansion, where the owner was a drowned, murderous sea captain. I hope you enjoy tonight's picture, with its hot and cold running chills. Remember, there's no turning back now!

No Turning Back Now - Haunted Mansion at Disneyland
Photo by Matthew Hansen

Comments (2)

On March 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM , Benevolent Monarch said...

EXCELLENT! Not just the great photo of the legendary mansion, but the generous and brilliant decision to offer your photos (the most inspiring, imaginative presentation of the Happiest Place on Earth available on the web) in full resolution! You made my week! Honestly, Kevin, Michaela & Matthew: thank you for sharing your unique blend of passion and talent. Your consistent quality, your creative approach–it's like Christmas morning every day, clicking on the "Tours" bookmark, anticipating today's latest addition. And you never disappoint.

You're the best!

On March 26, 2012 at 9:39 AM , Charla said...

Absolutely wonderful! I love what you have captured here. Everything about this picture is enchanting.