A Disney Sunset
I've always been envious of other photographers sunset photos from Disneyland. I've taken a few, but never really had one I liked. I think there are a few reasons I haven't got one, but it's mostly because I go to Disneyland with non-photographer family and friends and sunset is usually the middle of our visit. I don't mind breaking away at night when the others go home, but don't usually do it during sunset.
This night things just worked out, I was meeting my sister and her boyfriend, but I drove to Disneyland on my own. I arrived a little before sunset and the clouds looked great. There were these interesting wispy low clouds like fast moving clouds from a long exposure, and there were high clouds behind them that caught the light from the setting sun. I ended up spending 15 or 20 minutes around Paradise Bay before I met up with the others.
It's been awhile since I've done this, but I processed this without using Nik Color Efex. I used Photomatix, Lightroom, and Photoshop. Although I have to admit I did give in and use one plug-in filter, I used the "Photo Pop" preset in Topaz Adjust, but I used a layer mask and only applied it to the rides and buildings.