THE PICTURE OF THE DAY, 2/28/2014
“Mad Tea Party”
Back about 1,000 years ago when I was able to get through a day in the Parks without being too exhausted to take photos at night (ok, it was 7 years and 3 kids ago… but I digress) I would wander the parks with my camera and tripod looking to take a bunch of night pictures. My wife would go back to whatever Resort we were staying at and I would usually meet up with a buddy or two and just blast away before going back to the Resort, getting 4 hours of sleep, and doing it all over again the next day.
As I was passing the Mad Tea Party while Extra Magic Hours were in their waning moments, I saw this opportunity to pop on my wide-angle lens and fire away. There aren’t really many opportunities for photography at the Mad Tea Party but this one came out beautifully. I don’t really use my Canon 17-40 f/4L wide-angle lens all that often, but the lens combined with a full-frame camera gave a wonderful wide-angle look to this image without the distortion inherent with fish-eye.
I purposely chose a smaller aperture than usual (f/10) for this shot which led to the star shaped look on the lights around the rim in the background. I then applied a bit of tonal contrast and a slight vignette in Lightroom to complete the effect. Even though this shot is almost 7 years old, it is still one of my favorites and it was fun to go back and make some adjustments to an older photo to come up an entirely new look.
By the way, Mad Tea Party is one of those attractions that I will NEVER partake in as spinning attractions are a sure-fire way to get me sick!