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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    For today's "Pretty" photo of the day I decided to try something a little different with the teacups. Instead of a long exosure shot to get a motion blur like most would do, I decided to run it as a HDR out of 3 fast shutter images. I still get a sense of motion blur but it also sort of places pieces of the teacups in two different locations at the same time. They do seem a little chopped up but I figure photography is all about trying something new and seeing what happens.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I'm a tad bit late getting this in for the Pretty photo for the day. Oh well. I'll be back tomorrow with a new tutorial.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I love these pictures, especially the Alice one! The colors are so vibrant and capture the area feel so well!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    12-6-11

    Today's "Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day" takes a ride on one of my favorite dark rides Alice in Wonderland.

    I'm not sure why I find the classic old dark rides in Fantasyland so enticing but I really do love going on them. Rides like Snow White's Scary Adventures and Pinocchio's Daring Journey, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride and of course Peter Pan always make me smile. Perhaps its the vibrant colors against the black background that makes me want to ride them again and again. If it weren't for the long lines on Peter Pan, I would ride it 5 times a day and I'd still get completely frustrated that it is so hard to photograph.

    Once such ride that is probably the most vivid in terms of crazy colors and subject matter is Alice in Wonderland. Like all the other Fantastyland dark rides, this one is also somewhat difficult to photograph. It is very dark, you are whipped back and forth very quickly and the subjects are pretty close to you leaving less room for error when it comes to focusing. Through much trial and error and hundreds upon hundreds of photos in the recycle bin, I've narrowed it down to what seems to work the best.

    Aperture Priority
    Lens 50mm F/1.4, Aperture set at F/1.4.
    ISO: 3200
    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.

    I began the post processing on all of these photos was quite a bit of Noise Reduction, Brightness and Contrast adjustment, Saturation adjustment and Sharpening. By keeping the Exposure Compensation down -1, it avoided overexposed spots on the subjects and kept the shutter speeds fast enough to capture most of the scenes cleanly. I did get quite a few blurry shots too. I will list the shutter speed for each shot.

    1/640


    1/200


    1/80


    1/30


    1/30


    1/320


    1/25


    1/100


    1/250


    1/25


    1/100


    I also processed the last shot as a single image HDR and was quite pleased with the result.



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    Last edited by Hot Sauce 1; 12-06-2011 at 12:45 PM.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the "Pretty" for today. I just love the framing of this one.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    12-9-11

    Today's "Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day" takes another, more experienced and accurate look at the World of Color Show.

    When I did my previous post on the World of Color show, I had only photographed it a couple times and hadn't perfected the technique as well as I have now. Not that it's perfect but it's definitely a lot better than it was. The previous post had lots of "I should have", "Next time" blah blah blah in it. Well, I've had quite a bit more experience shooting it so it's time to go over it again.

    Camera set on Aperture Priority.

    I use my 18-55 kit lens.
    Aperture set to F/3.5, which is as large as it will go.
    ISO on Auto so it can adjust to the changing intensity of light.
    Metering mode on Evaluative Metering
    Exposure Compensation down -1 2/3rds so it can handle the moments of very intense light.
    I leave the auto focus on and let it select the focus point because the focus point will change depending upon the scene in the show.

    If at all possible, I highly recommend getting down to the boardwalk zone and being against the railing on the waters edge. The show is good from anywhere but being in the front row is the only place where you can see the surface of the water and the light reflecting on the water. The downside of this location is that you will get wet. VERY WET! I also recommend using a tripod and keeping a hand towel handy so you can cover up your camera when you feel the water. I also keep a lens cloth in my pocket to wipe off the lens during the show.

    Here are a bunch of photos from different segments of the show. I will list the ISO that the camera chose and the shutter speed it selected.

    ISO 500, Shutter Speed 1/30th


    ISO 1600, Shutter Speed 1/20th


    ISO 1600, Shutter Speed 1/13th


    ISO 1600, Shutter Speed 1/13th


    ISO 1600, Shutter Speed 1/25th


    ISO 100, Shutter Speed 1/640th. Notice how clean and rich in color the flames are. Only by having the Exposure Compensation down can you achieve this look.


    If you leave the Exposure Compensation at 0, your flames will look like this.


    ISO 400, Shutter Speed 1/25th


    The short 2 1/2 minute after show is actually my favorite part to photograph. The lights are on the Fun Wheel and they change color to match the color of the lights in the fountains. The fountains also stay low enough that you don't have to worry about getting your camera wet. If you do not have a towel and are uncomfortable taking pictures during the show, don't miss taking pictures of this part.

    ISO 800, Shutter Speed 1/30th.


    ISO 640, Shutter Speed 1/30th.


    The light in the water streams is very intense, so if you don't lower the exposure compensation, the fountains will look like this.



    I hope these tips help you capture at least in some small way the grandeur and majesty of this show. It really is a sight to behold.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's a quick little "Pretty" for today. I was just walking out of Fantasyland as the parade was passing between Pixie Hollow and Tomorrowland. I saw the Tink float going by and the warm afternoon sunlight on her face was so great I had to zoom in and grab a shot. I waited until she was lined up by the top of the Astro Orbiter so it gave a perspective of her being really high.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Awesome Tink pic!!!!!!!!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the "Pretty" for today. I had some fun with this one experimenting and learning some new techniques.


    Here's the original photo so you can see what I started with.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Pretty cool effect. Did you just play around until you figured it out or was there a specific tutorial you followed?
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I know this must be some where on here, but what kinda camera are you currently useing?

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by chris001 View Post
    Pretty cool effect. Did you just play around until you figured it out or was there a specific tutorial you followed?
    I was playing around with effects in Photoscape just to see what I could do and was amazed at how much I could change the shape and look of the Glennis. All I did in Photoshop Elements was to change the sky and add the lens flare. Everything else was done in Photoscape. Pretty amazing for a free program.

    Quote Originally Posted by Natenob View Post
    I know this must be some where on here, but what kinda camera are you currently useing?
    I use a Canon T1i. A very beginner level DSLR. I just bought a Canon 7D but haven't had a chance to put it to the test at Disneyland yet.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    12-14-11
    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” takes a stroll down Main St. and enjoys some of the acoustic entertainment that graces the sidewalks.

    There are several groups of entertainers that perform on Main St. every day. The Dapper Dan’s are a fan favorite as is the Main St. Straw Hatters and the Firehouse Five plus 2. Even though they are all different in one way or another, when it comes to photographing them, there is one common thread. They all wear hats of some type and all perform under an awning or in a shaded area. Who can blame them? It does get hot on Main St.and nobody wants to stand out in the sun wearing polyester pants, long sleeve shirts and vests.

    Here is one of the usual haunts for the Main St. Straw Hatters, under the awning next to the Disney Showcase.


    The trick to getting nice clean shots of them is to use your flash. Even though it is bright and sunny outside, the flash will fill in some of the shadows created by the awnings and the brims of their hats.






    As with most performers in Disneyland, if they see you taking pictures of them, they will ham it up a bit for the camera.


    Sometimes they will also be on the other side of Main St. beside the Crystal Arcade. There isn’t any awning above them but the building creates a shaded area for them to stand in.


    The Main St. location and the time period of their costumes does provide the perfect opportunity for some monochrome processing.


    The Dapper Dan’s like to perform under the awning in front of the Disney Clothiers.


    The Firehouse Five plus 2 usually come out around 2:00 in the afternoon and perform in front of the Fire Station. Even though they are out in the street, the trees provide some dappled shade which is also a good reason to use a flash.


    They do move around quite a bit and their hands are always moving, so a large aperture and fast shutter speed are helpful as well.


    Chip and Dale usually join them and keep the crowd entertained with their playful dancing.




    So the next time you stroll down Main St.on your way into the park, take a moment and take a few pictures of the wonderful entertainers that create such a great atmosphere.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Here's the Pretty for today. When I saw the shadows created by the lighting effects on the castle for the halloween party, I knew I had to do this one as a black and white to really accentuate the dark and foreboding nature of it.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    12-16-11

    Today's "Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day" is a wonderful post processing technique for Photoshop / Photoshop Elements that I like to call "What Light Through Yonder Window Breaks."

    [In the interest of full disclosure, I learned this technique from a photography blog site Talk Urbex. In their tutorial, they cover a step that I didn't need and never ran across the need to but if you like this effect, you should check theirs out too. http://www.talkurbex.com/2009/11/how...0-easy-steps/]

    This process does work on color photos as well, but I think it is more dramatic in black & white.

    Did you ever take any photos where light is pouring in from a window or tunnel or some other source? You can see what the light is hitting but sometimes you want to see the actual rays of light hitting the subject. Once in a while the camera will capture them but most of the time it doesn't. Well this technique can give you the light rays you want and you can direct them wherever you want.

    Let's start with this shot of Plush Mickey sitting in a window sill in one of the lookout towers in the Redwood Creek Challenge area.


    First we'll open it up on Photoshop Elements. Then in the Layers palette right click on the background layer and click Duplicate Layer.


    This is what you should have in the Layers Palette now.


    Now on the top of the screen, click on Enhance - Lighting - Levels.


    That will bring up this window.


    In the Levels window, Slide the Black Input Slider to the Right until virtually only the bright spots are left and most of the image is dark. If the light coming through the windows gets too dark, slide the White Input Slider to the left. You can see how I did them here.


    Now in the Tools Palette, using the Brush Tool and a large soft brush, paint with Black.


    Paint over anything that isn't light coming through the window. Also break the edges of the windows with the brush a little bit. This is what you should have now.


    Next at the top of the page, go to Filter - Blur - Radial Blur.


    That will bring up this window. Set the amount at 100, Blur Method on Zoom and Quality on Best. Using your mouse, move the Blur Center around until you think the rays are moving in the direction they should be. In this photo, the light is coming from the upper left corner, so I moved the blur center there. Then Click OK.


    Now you will have a mostly black image with streaks of light in it. If it doesn't look like the direction is right, click undo and do it again moving the blur center around until you get it right.


    The streaks look good but they need to be sharper, longer and cleaner. Go back to Filter - Blur - Radial Blur and just click OK once more.


    You can do this as many times as necessary. Usually 3 or 4 is just fine. I did it a third time.


    Now in the Layer Mode menu, change the Layer Mode to Screen.


    This is what the image looks like now. The light rays blend right into the photo but aren't quite as bright as I would like them.


    So, just go back to the Enhance - Lighting - Levels and adjust the levels as you see fit. I brightened up the light and darkened the dark areas a little bit.


    Once you are satisfied just go to Layer - Flatten Image and then save it as a jpeg or whatever file type you prefer.


    Here is the final image.


    I did a similar one in color just to show you how that looks. During the Blur process, I had to go into Enhance - Lighting - Brightness / Contrast and brighten up the light a bit.


    I also did the same exact thing to a few other photos to show you some different looks.






    I hope this little tip helps you shed some light on some of your photos.

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