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Midnight Carrousel



This shot of the King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland was taken after midnight, which is just after the park closed. I waited until the crowds left the area and ...
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This shot of the King Arthur Carrousel at Disneyland was taken after midnight, which is just after the park closed. I waited until the crowds left the area and took some shots with just two people in view...a rare sight of this beautiful carrousel.
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Iconoscope
 
Iconoscope July 19, 2014
My first impression was a scene from "Something Wicked This Way Comes"! Gorgeous composition!
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RichardReames August 12, 2014
Many thanks!!
Linelady
 
Linelady July 29, 2014
Love the lighting
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RichardReames August 12, 2014
Thank you very much
DebbieKMiller81 PRO+
 
DebbieKMiller81 August 01, 2014
Absolutely stunning picture. The lighting is perfect. Beautiful.
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RichardReames August 12, 2014
Thank you Debbie!
Beautiful-Breeze PRO+
 
Beautiful-Breeze September 12, 2014
Absolutely wonderful shot of the Carousel. I have ridden this carousel many many times, and always thought of it as beautiful..... BUT, YOU have captured it in a new way. Perfectly lovely!!!!!
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RichardReames September 12, 2014
Thank you, much appreciated!
vojce PRO
 
vojce October 08, 2014
excellent capture
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta October 08, 2014
Lovely shot. Congratulations on being Featured.
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
catini
 
catini October 08, 2014
Nice, congrats on your feature!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
giorgiomarenghi PRO
 
giorgiomarenghi October 08, 2014
Wanderful photo!!!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
Thimbee
 
Thimbee October 08, 2014
Wow this pops! Congrats
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
MaryAnne306 PRO+
 
MaryAnne306 October 08, 2014
How gorgeous! Congratulations on your feature!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
iceman2
 
iceman2 October 08, 2014
Excellent capture.Congrats!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
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Marjoriesmithphotography October 08, 2014
Great capture!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
snowdon PRO
 
snowdon October 08, 2014
Remarkable photograph, congratulations on your feature
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you very much!
Teri_Reames PRO
 
Teri_Reames October 08, 2014
I am proud of you Mr. Reames . . . Job well done! Glad to be along for the ride. :)
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Thank you babe! It was a fun night shoot and glad you were there shooting with me, as usual. :-)
huch5150
 
huch5150 October 08, 2014
Magical, mystery tour!!! Love this so much. Greta job in post as well.
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
Following-Footprints
 
Following-Footprints October 08, 2014
Amazing shot!! Well done.
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
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gondmagdi October 08, 2014
amazing lights, compositions ! love it !
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
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wheelerdealer October 08, 2014
Beautiful!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
DVallas PRO+
 
DVallas October 08, 2014
wonderful, love the lighting. Good job
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
debhall PRO+
 
debhall October 08, 2014
Masterpiece!! Congrats on your feature!
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RichardReames October 08, 2014
Many thanks!!
alebalboa
 
alebalboa October 09, 2014
Buenisimos los colores
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RichardReames October 09, 2014
Thank you!!
sweetpea72 PRO
 
sweetpea72 October 09, 2014
Fantastic shot.. Love it...Congrats!! ")
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RichardReames October 09, 2014
Many thanks!!
morethanwords
 
morethanwords October 10, 2014
Wooooow siooooo amazing i love it soooooooooo much i wish to be there ,,, gorgeouse lovely shot
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RichardReames October 10, 2014
Thank you!
cherylwells-hovis
 
cherylwells-hovis October 10, 2014
Magical !
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RichardReames October 10, 2014
It's a magical place! Thank you!
pmkane PRO
 
pmkane October 10, 2014
Really well done . . .
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RichardReames October 10, 2014
Thank you very much!
Wayne_Sr
 
Wayne_Sr October 10, 2014
Beautiful, Congratulations on your Feature..:~)
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RichardReames October 10, 2014
Thank you Wayne!
NickBPhotoUK PRO
 
NickBPhotoUK October 11, 2014
Fantastic photograph. Well worth the wait.
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RichardReames October 11, 2014
Yes, it was. Thank you very much!
JoseV
 
JoseV October 11, 2014
Marvelous shot
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RichardReames October 11, 2014
Thank you, much appreciated!
cathymohney
 
cathymohney October 12, 2014
I have shot carousels before but this shot is absolutely amazing!! Congrats!
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RichardReames October 12, 2014
Many thanks Cathy!
marnadeckerbenion
 
marnadeckerbenion October 16, 2014
Love it
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RichardReames October 16, 2014
Thank you, much appreated!
rachaelpearson1986
 
rachaelpearson1986 October 16, 2014
beautiful picture :)
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RichardReames October 16, 2014
Thank you, much appreated!
SVPhotos PRO
 
SVPhotos October 17, 2014
Great shot! Love it!
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RichardReames October 17, 2014
Thank you very much!
sandylucas
 
sandylucas November 04, 2014
Amazing!
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RichardReames November 04, 2014
Thank you Sandy!
mariajakab
 
mariajakab November 13, 2014
Gorgeous ... voted! :)
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RichardReames November 14, 2014
Thank you Maria!
bethstaub
 
bethstaub November 17, 2014
This is spectacular! Thanks for sharing!
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RichardReames November 17, 2014
Thank you very much, really appreciated!
GigiJim08 PRO+
 
GigiJim08 November 17, 2014
Congratulations on your Award!
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RichardReames November 17, 2014
Thank you very much!
AlanJakarta PRO+
 
AlanJakarta November 24, 2014
My previous comment refers. Congratulations on being a Runner-up.
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RichardReames November 24, 2014
Thank you very much, really appreciated!
Rl1956
 
Rl1956 November 28, 2014
well done, congrats on runner up
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RichardReames November 28, 2014
Thank you very much!
sharathchandra
 
sharathchandra December 10, 2014
Brilliant Capture
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RichardReames December 11, 2014
Thank you very much!
ArturRydzewski
 
ArturRydzewski December 10, 2014
beautiful
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RichardReames December 11, 2014
Many thanks!
Carly Matheson
 
Carly Matheson December 27, 2014
This is a stunning picture well done
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RichardReames December 27, 2014
Thank you Carly!
EmilySpring
 
EmilySpring February 25, 2015
Love this! This is what I think of when I think of magical lighting!
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RichardReames February 27, 2015
Many thanks!!
rach_who
 
rach_who March 06, 2015
Pretty lighting
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RichardReames March 11, 2015
Thank you very much!
Whitehorse_Images PRO
 
Whitehorse_Images May 02, 2015
Such beautiful light!!!
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RichardReames May 02, 2015
Thank you Lance!
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots May 26, 2015
Beautiful. Congrats!
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RichardReames June 01, 2015
Thank you!
shannonbarnett PRO+
 
shannonbarnett May 27, 2015
One of my favorite attractions in the park- beautifully captured! Simply magical.
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RichardReames June 01, 2015
Thank you, much appreciated!
jimhelmick
 
jimhelmick June 23, 2015
Excellent photo. A great carrousel I am surprised they didn't run you out of the park the moment it closed.
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RichardReames June 26, 2015
Thanks Jim, they eventually did move us along.
sherripix
 
sherripix July 14, 2015
amazing image. it draws the eye to the center then around and around riding the curves and light. you have turned a tourist photo op into a stunning fairytale scene!
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RichardReames July 14, 2015
Thank you very much!!
nelinr
 
nelinr July 21, 2015
This superb and wishing you the best... Good Luck my friend :)
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RichardReames July 21, 2015
Thank you very much Nelin!!
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SnowbunnyPhotography February 12, 2016
Another fantastic night capture! Great image. :-) Congrats again.
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RichardReames February 14, 2016
Thank you, much appreciated!
debralecompte PRO
 
debralecompte July 26, 2016
This image just compels the eye! Makes you look...
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RichardReames July 26, 2016
Thank you Debra!
Brun0
 
Brun0 October 20, 2016
amazing capture...
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RichardReames October 23, 2016
Many thanks!
Treecy Premium
 
Treecy November 15, 2016
Wow-thats absolutely gorgeous!!!
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RichardReames November 15, 2016
Thank you Teresa !
adavies PRO
 
adavies July 09, 2017
Gorgeous...great light! Nice job! :)
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RichardReames July 11, 2017
Thank you very much!
thekman1979
 
thekman1979 Oct 30
That's REALLY cool....
TAMARRA-TAMARRA
 
TAMARRA-TAMARRA 11:33 am
wow.love it!

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Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Time
This ornate carousel is a main attraction at Disneyland. During daytime operating hours there are many people surrounding the carousel, which makes it impossible to capture all the features that are evident in this photo. During nighttime operating hours, the lights are beautiful, but still blocked by people. Knowing that the park closed at midnight, I waited for all but two people to leave the area. I had setup my camera on a tripod, so it did not take long to capture images that I had envisioned.
Lighting
Shooting this scene at night brings out the beauty of the vast amount of lights on the carousel. So shooting in darkness is the only way to bring out the true beauty of this scene.
Equipment
This image was captured with a Nikon D800 camera and Nikkor 24-70mm lens. I used a Manfrotto 05CX3 trpod with a 322RC2 head. No flash, just ambient light.
Inspiration
We have been going to Disneyland for years and I always admired this grand carousel. I have many pictures during normal operating hours, but found something lacking since I could not capture the entire carousel in a way that it was the primary focus of the image. I noticed one night that the area around the carousel cleared out quickly after the park closed. This is what inspired me to setup my camera for a clear shot after the park closed.
Editing
I used Adobe Lightroom for most of the initial processing. I then export the image as a TIF file and finish processing in Adobe Photoshop CS6.
In my camera bag
I have two camera backpacks. One is smaller for traveling light, and a second is larger for packing more gear. In the smaller backpack I typically carry a spare ND filter, circular polarizing filter, 10 stop ND filter, Nikon D810, Nikkor 28-30mm and 105mm macro lenses. When I use the larger backpack, I will carry this same gear, but include Nikkor 20-70mm, 70-200mm, 20mm f/1.8, and 16-35mm lenses. I also carry a GorillaPod for low profile shots and a Manfrotto carbon fiber tripod and head. In both cases, I carry a small first-aid kit, lens cleaning supplies, and microfiber towel in case my camera gets wet.
Feedback
Nightscape shots like this one require a tripod and fast lens for best results. This was a 2 second exposure. A wired or wireless remote are a must have as well in order to use the bulb mode for long exposures, such a star trails, etc. A remote also helps reduce vibrations or camera movement which can cause image blur. I recommend taking bracketed exposures in case you need to blend images to bring detail out in shadows or highlights.

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