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Disneyland 2011 - View from the Blue Bayou (Explored)

This is one of the many 'firsts' I was eluding to in my previous post. I have wanted to dine at the Blue Bayou ever since I first sailed past it on Pirates of the Caribbean back in 2001. It took 10 years, but last week I finally found myself with a reservation and a very eager appetite.


The food & service were very good, but it's the atmosphere that steals the show. After entering the Blue Bayou it takes only moments before the ambiance causes you to forget about the hustle & bustle of tourists outside, and the bright California sun overhead. By the time our entrées were delivered my senses fully believed we were dining outdoors under the moonlight while a chorus of crickets sang softly in the distance. It's this type of immersion that keep me coming back to Disney Theme Parks year after year.


My only complaint was that I wished I had ordered differently that evening. I chose the Buccaneer’s Boneless Beef Short Rib which while good, was no comparison to Bayou Surf & Turf. No biggie, just going to have to go back again next time we're in Disneyland.


As for the shot - I only snapped off a few pics during dinner. We were seated right next to the water, but foliage obscured the extent my Gorillapod SLR could reach. I ended up placing my camera on the backside of one of the light posts in the restaurant, but since I was encroaching on another couple's table I hurriedly fired off my shots, hoping I got at least one keeper.


While I'm happy with how the shot above turned out, it certainly took some tweaking in post to get it this way. Hopefully it's not another 10 years before we get back to the Bayou. I'd like to try shooting this magnificent location some more, as well as sample the Royal Street Seafood Jambalaya.


Disneyland 2011

Blue Bayou

New Orleans Square


30 sec at f/10, ISO 400

10mm (Sigma 10mm Fisheye)


Processing: (in Lightroom)

Adjusted tone, brightness & exposure

Cropped tighter

Applied some lens correction

Added a graduated filter to the bottom to darken the foliage a bit

Added some adjustment brushes to brighten specific areas

Applied slight noise reduction


Hit your L key - it really does look better on black :)


Appreciate the comments/feedback - have a great day


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Taken on May 18, 2011