Fixing Ranger Mickey Mouse Flower and Garden Festival Photo

Last week, I shared with you a photo of the Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary during the 2016 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival and asked what was wrong with the photo.  I did get one comment (Thanks, Bob!) which was not photography related.

I saw a few things wrong with the image. I graphically show them here.

Fixing Ranger Mickey Mouse
Fixing the Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary garden photo at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 140, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Blue Utility Cover: I circled it above. The color and brightness jump right out at you and it is not what I what you to see in the photo.

People: while I normally do not mind people in my travel photos, there were a lot and near the edges of the photo which I find distracting.

Shadows: Ranger Mickey has some deep shadows under his nose. They are hiding something I do want people to see.

To fix the blue utility cover and people, I outlined a crop which you see below.

Ranger Mickey Crop 1
First Crop of the Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary garden photo at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

To fix the shadows, I used the brush tool in Adobe Lightroom Classic to dodge (make lighter) the area under the nose which brought out Mickey’s big smile and detail to the upper body. I left the shadow area under his coat alone as it looked “normal” to me to be there.

Still, I was not happy with the people on the left. Just too many so I did another crop. This time I went vertical (or portrait). I still left Spaceship Earth in the background as I think it is necessary to tell the viewer exactly where at Walt Disney World this photo was taken.

Ranger Mickey Crop 2
Second Crop of the Ranger Mickey Mouse topiary garden photo at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival.

There, now I feel I have improved the photo to convey to viewers what I think was the most important: Ranger Mickey Mouse celebrating the 100th anniversary of the U. S. National Park Service.

It is always good to try and get it right in the camera, however, with today’s photo editing tools, it is very easy to fix and/or create a new way to see the same photo.

 

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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3 Replies to “Fixing Ranger Mickey Mouse Flower and Garden Festival Photo”

  1. Thanks, Scott! The tutorial is definitely welcome, and I would like to see more articles like this in the future.