My favorite Animal Kingdom landscape, plus an alternative

Animal Kingdom Landscape, Disney World – Orlando, Florida

This is probably my favorite landscape I shot at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The sweeping landscape completely hides the crowds that teem on the other side of the wall. The Tibetan prayer flags, the water and the distant mountain present a grand but contrived Disney view. I’m sure this is totally made up but it’s the closest to the Himalayas that I’ll be for some time, if ever. If you squint a lot and imbibe, it might pass for some exotic local on the other side of the world.

The man-made mountain houses the Exhibition Everest roller coaster, which was the favorite of both my sons. According to Wikipedia, it’s the most expensive roller coaster, at an estimated $100 million, and took 6 years to design and build. My wife and I declined to ride since we weren’t quite that adventurous. I’m not much of a roller coaster fan but I did manage to ride the three coasters in the Magic Kingdom and actually enjoyed it. They, including Space Mountain, were a lot more tame.

The photo above is how I processed the RAW file created with my Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. RAW processing and color is certainly seasoned to taste. There is no correct way. Look at the image below for reference.

Animal Kingdom Landscape, Disney World – Orlando, Florida

This is the same RAW photo but processed with a film effect, which I’ve played with lately. I used the Kodak Ektachrome mid-1970s (blue) setting to create this. Certainly more contrasty and brooding, it gives a different kind of feel. Neither is the right way and there are infinite ways to post-process this image. Which do you prefer?


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3 thoughts on “My favorite Animal Kingdom landscape, plus an alternative

  1. Hi, it is certainly fun to play around with post processing and create a number of options. I often end up with multiple versions that i like and end up keeping them all. Maybe i am just indecisive 😀. Of your two versions my preference is the first as i find the deep shadows of the second distracting. But as you say it’s all a matter of taste. Thanks for posting.

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