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  1. #1501

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Daddy View Post
    Those Aladdin shots are wonderful, Mike! Why haven't I seen those before? Really nice job on those!
    Thanks Bill.
    You haven't seen them because I haven't posted any on Flickr. About 95% of the photos I take at Disneyland are for this column.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Just a comment, if I may, about the engagement portraits: I learned in my video class that a general tip is to dab your subject's face with something absorbent like toilet seat liner (!) to get rid of any shine before you shoot. It will make your subject a lot happier with the final product as well

    Great shots as always, Mike! Keep 'em coming!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    11-25-11
    Today's "Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day" is about Showcasing Elegance with Black & White.

    I recently had the pleasure of having dinner with several friends at Club 33. In all my years of going to Disneyland, this was my first time ever setting foot inside the coveted red door.

    Instead of showing you a bunch of photos inside the club or talking about the place and the food, I wanted to showcase the evening a little differently. Club 33 is a very elegant restaurant and it was a very elegant evening so I thought I would photograph it in such a manner as to highlight that elegance. In my opinion, Black and White is the best way to do that. There is a simple romance and class to black and white that color photos just can't express.

    One of the great things about Club 33 is that they allow you to take all the pictures you want and let you go out onto all the balconies to get some rare views of New Orleans Square. As someone who is always looking for new and unique ways to photograph Disneyland, this was too good to pass up. I did all these conversions using different filters in the OptikVerve Labs plug in for Photoshop. Most of them were using the "Flutter" filter.








    Converting images to black and white can also be a great way to save HDR images that are just too overcooked no matter what you do. I processed this one 3 times and couldn't stand any of them. By changing it to black and white, all that over processing and over saturation just disappeared.




    Yes I ate every bite of this and a Lemon Cheesecake dessert. (yes, I ordered two desserts and ate them both)




    I hope all of you have the opportunity some day to experience Club 33 for yourselves.

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    Michael Greening 2011

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Thanks for sharing these great shots.
    They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night. ~Edgar Allan Poe

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    You have such wonderful pictures! They make me really wish I had a better camera so I could improve my photography, I only have a Sony Cybershot. I like the vivid art quality to your pictures; they're beautiful to look at but at the same time it reminds me of being in the park myself, immersed in joy.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by ChessurInWonderland View Post
    You have such wonderful pictures! They make me really wish I had a better camera so I could improve my photography, I only have a Sony Cybershot. I like the vivid art quality to your pictures; they're beautiful to look at but at the same time it reminds me of being in the park myself, immersed in joy.
    Don't let the camera stop you. Composition is more important than anything else. Every time we do a photo meet and have a photo contest, Natalie is always the winner and she uses a point & shoot camera but beats all of us with DSLR's because she always has a better composition than the rest of us.

    Here's a "Pretty" for today.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    ^That is so beautiful it looks fake! I envy your photography skills...

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the Pretty for today. In the original photo of Murphy, the fire was completely over exposed. I took several photos of him and in some I under exposed him to make the fire look good. I took the fire from one photo and layer masked it into the good photo of him.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I have said it once, I will say it over and over again, great eye, Great Vision, Great Camera, and great Teaching. A+

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    11-29-11

    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” revisits a post I did a long time ago, that quite frankly wasn’t very good. The more I looked at it, the more I disliked it. Now that I have a bit more experience and a slightly better understanding of photography I decided to do it all over again with fresh photos and a much, much better way of photographing it. So let’s take another ride on the Disneyland Railroad and another shot at The Grand Canyon and Primeval World.

    There are several difficulties to overcome when photographing this amazing Diorama which is one of my very favorite things in Disneyland. You are moving on a jiggling train, you are in a dark tunnel and the subject is behind glass. But the most difficult is the specialized and varying lighting. Luckily if you are shooting in RAW you can adjust the color temperature to fit each scene.


    These are the camera settings that work the best for me.
    Aperture Priority
    Lens 50mm F/1.4, Aperture set at F/1.8 because more people have the F/1.8 lens.
    ISO:1600
    Metering Mode: Partial Spot Metering
    Focus Mode: AI Servo
    Exposure Compensation: -2/3rds.
    White Balance on Auto because I can change the color temp in the computer.
    I also use a custom setting on my camera with the Contrast at +1 and Saturation at +1.

    The post processing I did on all of these photos was some Noise Reduction, Brightness and Contrast adjustment, Color Temperature adjustment and Sharpening. For a few of them I also reduced the Red Channel a bit. By keeping the Exposure Compensation down the -2/3rds, it kept the shutter speeds fast enough to capture the scenes cleanly and eliminate any blown highlights.

    Speed 1/400, Color Temp 2900


    1/100, temp 4400


    1/200, temp 2500


    1/50, temp 3200


    1/100, temp 3200


    1/80, temp 2300


    1/250, temp 3000


    1/30, temp 2600 (with red reduction)


    1/40, temp 2600 (with red reduction)


    Happy Snapping
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    Last edited by Hot Sauce 1; 11-29-2011 at 02:40 AM.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Hello everyone! I'm new here (you're looking at post #1) and have really enjoyed this series. It took me three days to get through everything and that was just skimming, whew! I'll definitely be checking back here in the future and I've bookmarked a few tutorials for later use, too. Hot Sauce 1, you've done an absolutely outstanding job and I applaud you!!! I'm currently planning my first trip to Disneyland with my son (he'll be 18 months old then) and I really want to get some keepsake shots, so your portraiture tutorials have been very helpful - hope I can remember it all!

    Again, thank you!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by JulsInAZ View Post
    Hello everyone! I'm new here (you're looking at post #1) and have really enjoyed this series. It took me three days to get through everything and that was just skimming, whew! I'll definitely be checking back here in the future and I've bookmarked a few tutorials for later use, too. Hot Sauce 1, you've done an absolutely outstanding job and I applaud you!!! I'm currently planning my first trip to Disneyland with my son (he'll be 18 months old then) and I really want to get some keepsake shots, so your portraiture tutorials have been very helpful - hope I can remember it all!

    Again, thank you!
    WELCOME!!!
    That is very kind of you to say. Thank you!
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's a little "Pretty" for today, and today she is VERY PRETTY.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    12-2-11
    Today’s “DisneylandPhoto Tip of the Day” pays a visit to one of my favorite dark rides in DCA, Monsters Inc., Mike & Sully to the Rescue…

    One of the things I really like about Monsters Inc. is that there usually isn’t very much of a line and they don’t rush you through the ride. The pace of the taxi (ride vehicle) is very leisurely and gives you plenty of time to take pictures. In my opinion, it is one of the easiest dark rides to photograph. There is a good amount of light on all the subjects so you don’t need a super high ISO and the color temperature of the lighting is pretty even throughout the ride. Using the Auto White Balance gets is pretty close on every shot meaning you don’t have to worry about changing the color temperature later on.

    These are the camera settings that I use.
    Aperture Priority
    Lens 50mm F/1.4, Aperture set at F/1.8 because more people have the F/1.8 lens.
    ISO: 1600
    Metering Mode: Partial Spot Metering
    Focus Mode: AI Servo
    Exposure Compensation: -1
    White Balance on Auto
    Select only the single center auto focus point so the camera doesn’t have to hunt for a spot with enough contrast to focus on.
    I also use a custom setting on my camera with the Contrast at +1 and Saturation at +2.

    The post processing on all of these photos was some Noise Reduction, Brightness and Contrast adjustment and Sharpening. By keeping the Exposure Compensation down -1, it kept my shutter speeds fast enough to capture the scenes cleanly. I will list the shutter speed for each shot.

    1/250th


    1/500



    1/80


    1/250


    1/400


    1/250


    1/400


    1/250


    1/400


    1/25


    1/50


    1/60


    1/60


    1/1600


    1/250


    1/400


    Happy Snapping
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    Last edited by Hot Sauce 1; 12-03-2011 at 11:40 PM.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the Pretty for today and "Pretty" she definitely is. Just one more reason I like to use a zoom lens and zoom in on the Princesses faces.
    Last edited by Hot Sauce 1; 12-03-2011 at 04:48 PM.
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