They were setting up for World of Color, so I couldn't get any closer than this, and I was stuck with the CMs in the bottom of the frame. They aren't ghosted because of the HDR, the ghosting is because they were moving around during the long exposure. I've seen a lot of great Paradise Pier shots on flickr, and many of them are better than this, but I still like mine because it's the best I have so far. I also find the World of Color lighting tower pretty complex looking and interesting.
I have a huge pile of photos I need to process from the East Coast trip I took last month. My family has been asking to see the photos, but they are almost all daytime shots which I find much less interesting than night or dusk shots. I would enjoy sunrise shots too, but I never wake up early enough to take those. So this is probably my last Disneyland shot for at least a few days, I'll be working on what I have from Pennsylvania and Washington DC.
I processed this one last week so it's a 3 exposure HDR that went through photomatix and then Color Efex Pro 3. I'm not a photoshop pro, so I've found the quality of my work has improved significantly since I found Color Efex. Eventually I might try to add the new Photo Effects software from OnOne to my workflow, but for now I'll stick with Color Efex. I really wish OnOne had a full featured demo that let you output without watermarks. The fact I couldn't use Photo Tools/Photo Effects in my real work flow was ultimately what made the difference in my decision. I'm starting to form some opinions about Color Efex Pro 4, I'll write about it in one of my next few posts.