Night Time Voyage Through the Lagoon

Tonight’s photo was a lot of fun to put together. It’s the end result of the first of many HDR video tutorials we’re putting together. We had planned on having the collection available this week, but the graphics card on Matthew’s iMac…

Tonight’s photo was a lot of fun to put together. It was taken at night in Tomorrowland of the Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage making its way through the lagoon. It’s the end result of the first of many HDR video tutorials we’re putting together. We had planned on having the collection available this week, but the graphics card on Matthew’s iMac took a dive so that has delayed things a few days. We’re shooting to have everything done by Monday. We’re excited about this little project and we hope it helps you dive a little further into creating your own amazing images.

Some photos I remember taking like it was yesterday while others I completely forget they exist. This one is the latter. I find these to be the hardest to process. Maybe it’s the lack of reference or connecting it to a tangible memory. It often leaves me without a vision for the finished product which I’ve often viewed as a roadblock. Then I realized, perhaps I’m putting too much pressure on myself (big surprise). I can own up to the fact that I can be a bear and a bit of a perfectionist with my work. Thankfully, I received some wise words from someone I respect a great deal recently and I was reminded that I need to have fun with this. Easier said then done in my case. I can easily argue that I have fun challenging myself and pushing myself beyond my own perceived limits. As fun as that is, it can be physically and emotionally taxing. I think it’s important to devote some time to just letting go and being ok with letting go once in a while. The world will not end, as much as we like to tell ourselves it will.

And so I did with this image and I had more fun than I expected with it. It took less time and, without all that pressure, I actually think I like it much more than I would’ve otherwise. There’s always something that could be better and it’s important to strive for excellence, but we should refuse the all too familiar pressure from time to time and remember to have fun. That is the reason why we’re doing this anyway, isn’t it?

I am just now realizing my correlation to Frozen’s “Let it go, let it go!” and I promise, that was completely unintentional. Now I have that song stuck in my head. You’re welcome… hehe

The Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage lagoon at night in Tomorrowland, Disneyland

About Michaela Hansen

Michaela is an artist and photographer living in San Diego. She prefers yoga to running, hiking to shopping, and dark chocolate to just about anything else.
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