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Mr. Toad's Wild Photographic Ride | by NormLanier - Publisher
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Mr. Toad's Wild Photographic Ride

We all want perfect one shot photos but want and reality are sometimes two different things.


So one of the things I learned on Flickr from the Disney masters was be at the back of the park and slowly move forward after the park closes taking shots all the way out. So I came up on Mr. Toad's Ride with security slowly following behind. So yeah I saw the scooter and wasn't happy about it being in the shot but I figured I had enough time to get off 5 exposures before security politely told me the park was closed.


So I got home and looked over the shot and there were lots of issues. The sodium vapor lights at night don't photograph well. So I tried to correct the color balance but I could only do so much. I looked at the amazing shot by Gregg L Cooper and it dawned on me what I needed was to bring the grays back. I added a hue/saturation layer with a mask and started desaturating all the gray stone.


Next was the scooter, I'm glad Disney has these for guest but for my photo not-so-much. With the help of a lot of rubber stamp, band-aide tool I started to recreate the ground. Next I copied the stone ball on the left, flipped it, squished it and color matched it.


So finally the question is how perfect does it have to be. If you want to examine this at full res you will find errors, stone seams that aren't perfect, soft areas, if you look you will find problems. The question is how much time do put into it. I have so many more images that need my attention. For me, for today this will do. If I change my mind I can always revisit the originals. To view the final at full res go here

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Taken on October 1, 2012