A Color Efex Pro Recipe to send your Photographs back in time

Very easy technique to create that vintage look

When I go out and shoot landscapes or cityscapes, my goal is not always to create a realistic looking image, sometimes I want to create a piece of art that could resemble a real scenery but at a different location or time.

Flo's Cafe Cars Land at Disneyland Anaheim in HDR

My intention with this photograph of Flo's Cafe in Cars Land at Disneyland Anaheim was to make it look like an old gas-station from the 50's or 60's, somewhere along Route 66, in a town named Radiator Springs.

The biggest challenge was to get rid of the Disney crowds. As you can imagine, this area of Disney's California Adventure Park is very crowded but there are certain dates and times of the day plus some photography techniques that you can use to your advantage. 

First of all, we went there on a weekday in February and I shot this while the evening parade took place to limit the crowds to an absolute minimum. 

In order to capture all details in the shadows and highlights, I shot 3 different exposures and I've used shutter-speeds between 30 seconds and 2 minutes to make all moving subjects disappear. My remaining issues were a guy leaning onto the pole on the left and the official Disney photographer that wouldn't move an inch to take pictures of tourists in front of the cafe but I got rid of both thanks to Photoshop's Content-Aware feature. 

I really love Nik's Color Efex Pro 4 and I'm using it a lot. Color Efex Pro provides dozens of filters that you can mix and save as recipes. You can download the recipe that I've used for this image. I named it Cars Land VintageHave fun.