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Cinderella's Carousel at Sunset

Cinderella's Carousel at Sunset
Copyright ©2005, Valorie Spencer
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I really feel I missed the mark on this picture. It had a lot of potential. Please tell me how I could have made this a better picture.

Cinderella's Royal Carousel at Magic Kingdom Walt Disney World, Orlando Florida. This picture was taken just after sunset. From my vantage point I could see the carousel clearly and I was losing light quickly. I used the "sunset" setting on the camera to capture the orange tone but everything else is just too dark. I couldn't make adjustments fast enough and didn't notice it was slightly out of focus until viewing it at home in Master.

Shot in TIFF, the image presented here is straight off the camera - resized for this website.

My intention was to crop the carousel to the bottom left third which would showcase the beautiful burnt sunset against the spire of the carousel. I wish the carousel lights would have come out better. I don't care about any of the dark stuff in the foreground and I'm fairly glad the people walking around are darkened.

Photographer: Valorie Spencer
Folder: Florida Style
Uploaded: 20-Feb-2005 21:25 CET
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Camera: Olympus E300
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I would try cropping to get rid of the large uninteresting image on the left side. It detracts from the wonderful shapes in the rest. If you have an image editor you might even try cloning it out and replacingit with the beautiful sky. I actually copied it and brought it inot photoshop and did just that and also used the shadow highlight and did a 10% increase.

Dale Gangloff at 13:11 CET on 26-Feb-2005 [Reply]


Hi Valorie ! I just played arround with your Carusel Sunset ! If you want to see what is possible in 10 minutes PSP - send me your e-mail adress ! regards Dirk

Dirk Guttmann at 14:16 CEST on 01-Aug-2005 [Reply]


Thank you Dale and Dirk. I finally got around to (nearly 2 years later) editing this forgotten shot and am much happier with the results thanks to your collective advice.

Valorie Spencer at 02:06 CET on 01-Feb-2007 [Reply]