Earlier in the night, I had decided that I was going to try to be one of the last 2 or 3 guests out of the park. I had no idea what I was in for as guests took their time leaving as there was still plenty of daylight left at 9:30 PM. As the park closed at 9 PM, by 10 PM I was still waiting for DOZENS of people to make their way out of the front gates. Eventually, it was down to me and a group of stragglers. Those stragglers straggled...and straggled...and straggled until I seriously thought I was about to lose my mind and run screaming up Main Street. ("Photographer bludgeons dozens of park guests with his camera while singing La Marseillaise at the top of his lungs. Film at 11." )
They must have gone through 150 different poses...EACH...before they finally gave up and got out of my way. Even in this shot, you can still see them milling about in the distance. But after years of practicing on my home turf here in Anaheim, I knew that the true beauty of the Disney Parks begins to emerge once those guests are out of your shot, especially after the park closes. It was well after 10 PM before they finally relented and I was able to get my shot.
Handheld 3 shot HDR with Pro Optic 8mm Fisheye.
(Explored at #23 on 9/15/11. Thanks for the views, comments, and faves!)