Blue Christmas

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    It's not easy to photograph Disneyland's big tree on Main Street USA. It's 65 feet tall, and surrounded CONSTANTLY by guests wishing for a photo next to it. Plus, Disneyland's Photopass guys are on BOTH sides of the tree...Disneyland replaced the traditional living tree with this Imagineered LED tree a couple of years ago. I really like the way it shines blue photos, making it stand out even more.

    Many photographers hate people in their disney parks shots, but I don't mind...people add an authentic and emotional element that recalls your own memory of the scene.
    I got lucky here, and only had a few folks stop during the long exposures. The Photopass guy is doing what I'm doing, so I like him...

    The wide angle lens I am using here turned vertical to capture the entire tree has madeSleeping Beauty's Castle into a tiny miniature waaaay down the street....

    HDR image from 3 exposures

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    1. Burnsland (Steve Burns) 41 months ago | reply

      Love all those twinkling lights!

    2. Uncle_Greg 41 months ago | reply


      LOL, I never would have even noticed the castle if you hadn't mentioned it.

    3. jdhilger 41 months ago | reply

      Great shot. Agree with your "people in the shot" philosophy.

    4. Jeff.Hamm.Photography 41 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot of a beautiful and huge Christmas tree! Great shot!

    5. Corsey21 41 months ago | reply

      All the colors in this shot collide perfectly!

    6. Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1 41 months ago | reply

      Beautifully shot and processed. Oh yes, I'm JEALOUS!

    7. stitzerb 41 months ago | reply

      Wonderful image! And your processing is perfect for this shot!

    8. dsewqaz 41 months ago | reply

      another winner.

    9. johnsmalley62 41 months ago | reply

      Great HDR Work! This photo deserves this award:
      HDR AWARDRecieved 6 of these Awards? post: Here:

    10. WJMcIntosh 41 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous shot, Gregg! I'm hoping I can get color like this when I start working on my last batch of shots. You've really set the bar here.

    11. {kidnurse} [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

      Nice shot.....the tree is gorgeous.

    12. Nenya 41 months ago | reply

      End-of-Year at Disneyland (other Parks too) is a very special place; between the holiday decorations, lights, sounds and smells makes one feel the holidays as turn-of-the-century America had experienced the so long ago. Photographs like this one help to show the spirit of Christmas everyday : the challenge is to get everything "just right", and you nailed this shot. The lights add to the problem of the right exposure, as is the hight of the tree.

    13. Vanessa Guzan 41 months ago | reply

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    14. andy castro 41 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

    15. Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1 41 months ago | reply

      The more I look at this, the more beautiful it becomes. It actually puts me in the mood for Christmas.

    16. delt145 41 months ago | reply

      this is absolutely beautiful. Great shot!

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