Icing on the Castle

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to spend nearly two and a half weeks treking down to Florida with my mom and grandmother. We spent the drive down and back up listening to an unabridged mp3 "book on tape" of The Help. It definitely helped our lengthy car's journey and now we're ready to see the movie!

We went down to Florida to go to the Disney theme parks with my niece and nephew. The kids enjoyed the rides and the rest of us enjoyed watching them experience Disney World. One day while we were at the Magic Kingdom, I took some pictures of Cinderella's Castle. 

BeforeAfterWhat makes a picture of a castle even better? It's in the small details. The "before" picture of Cinderella's Castle in Disney World looks pretty good on its own when it's captured right in the camera, but taking a little extra time to add finishing touches to the picture makes it so much better. In this instance, I removed a couple branches on the right side of the picture that distracted from where I wanted the viewer's eye to go, then I darkened the top part of the castle just a hint where the sun, low in the sky, was beaming on the castle to emphasize a rich glow.

This can be done in multiple ways. You could use the dodge and burn tools, levels, or curves to lighten or darken certain parts of pictures to help draw the viewers eye into your picture.