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Golden Hour On Paradise Pier | by WJMcIntosh
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Golden Hour On Paradise Pier

On afternoons when I arrive at the Disneyland Resort knowing that there is a strong possibility of a decent sunset, I really have a difficult time deciding where I want to camp out waiting for the sky to light up. Should I go to the Rivers of America, or shoot back over Splash mountain, or the Partners Statue? The Sub Lagoon is always good, and I had also been wanting a shot of the Christmas Tree on Main Street taken from the castle with the sky glowing behind.


I finally opted for my old stand-by down at Paradise Pier. I know I've shot down here numerous times, but there is just something about the sun going down behind the fun wheel on nights where the sky is lighting up, all of which is reflected in the Lagoon in the foreground.


On this particular night, the World of Color fountains and light towers had not yet been raised. This was the first time I had seen the lagoon without the fountains raised at sunset in over two years. It was easily my favorite night of shooting this area. As with the shot I posted just before this one, this was taken with the dirt cheap Russian made Zenitar 2.8 16 mm fisheye.


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Taken on December 18, 2013