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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    OOooohhhh, those are amazing!!!! Thanks for the pretty.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    Sorry I've been MIA lately. I just can't figure out what is happening at work.
    We produced more product in the last 2 months than we've ever done and we're falling further and further behind on orders. They just keep coming in faster than we can keep up with.
    I'm glad for the crazy business but it does get frustrating working 15-17 hours a day every single day with no relief in sight.
    I haven't even been to Disneyland since March 7th. I KNOW!!!
    Sounds like you need to hire some employees!

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    Hey Michael, I remember you having a tutorial about Dynamic range and you took a shot from here just wanted to get your input about this image I took, I shot a +1 ,0, and -1 bracket shots and then used Photomatrix pro to merge and processed the image. I know you are currently busy at work but when you have free time I greatly appreciate any opinion or advice. I shot this with no tripod which I really need to save and invest on a good Disney friendly one

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyLoon View Post
    Hey Michael, I remember you having a tutorial about Dynamic range and you took a shot from here just wanted to get your input about this image I took, I shot a +1 ,0, and -1 bracket shots and then used Photomatrix pro to merge and processed the image. I know you are currently busy at work but when you have free time I greatly appreciate any opinion or advice. I shot this with no tripod which I really need to save and invest on a good Disney friendly one

    Eureka Lumber by JAlejandro Photography, on Flickr
    Hi Jonathan,

    I went to the photo on Flickr and blew it up to the Large 2048 size so I could get into all the small details.
    My thoughts are these... (take them with a grain of salt.)
    1. I like the composition of looking through the trees and the shape of the building.
    2. Your post processing is fine. The colors pop and it's pretty clean.
    3. The only problem I see with it is a very difficult one to avoid and or fix. There is a lot of chromatic aberration around the tree branches in the sky. This makes them have a purple glow around them and a fuzzy appearance.

    The main reason for that is simply the bright white, hazy sky overloads the camera and lens when it takes the image and puts it onto the sensor. There is a lot of contrast between the bright white sky and the dark branches, which it simply can't handle. All cameras do it, no matter what they cost.

    A top quality lens definitely helps as does a smaller aperture. I see that you shot it at F/5. Going down to a F/8 or F/11 will help a little bit by letting less light into the camera so quickly. It will also give you a sharper image. Most lenses are sharpest between F/8 and F/11.

    Using a Polarizing filter can also help but it will slow down your shutter speed a touch. You had plenty of light that day, so that wouldn't be a concern.

    One tip for shooting on days like this where we have the dreaded May Gray and June Gloom is to compose shots that don't have the sky in them. Zoom in on the details and look for other compositions that eliminate the sky. These are also good days to shoot small details and shoot people because the marine layer filters the light and takes away the harsh shadows caused by bright midday sun.

    In Photomatix there is a box you can check to reduce Chromatic Aberration that helps a little bit. It doesn't reduce it very much though. It is best to try and find ways to eliminate it before taking the image.

    Mostly, it comes down to taking a few minutes before taking a photo and asking yourself a few questions.
    What does the light look like?
    What does the sky look like?
    What will the light and the sky do to affect my photo, either in a positive way or a negative way?
    How does my camera react to this type of light?
    What do I need to do to avoid any problems and get the right image?

    It just takes a little time and experience to teach yourself to take the time to think about the light. I'm still trying to force myself to stop and take the time to think before just walking up and snapping away. It isn't easy to do.

    Lately for me, I'm hunting the light. I'm trying to examine the light from all sources and capture the light that fascinates me. The light pouring out of a popcorn cart onto the brick walkway at night. The light from a neon sign reflecting off a window or wet pavement. That is the kind of stuff that makes great images. Look at the light. Fall in love with it. Embrace it and showcase it in an image. That's what great photography is all about.

    Hope that helps.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Thanks hot sauce, I agree with your comment and advice. I did bring my circular polarizing with me but didn't think t use it, I've only read to use them to cut out reflection on object or reduce shine. I never thought to use it to cut down the chromatic aberration. I also learned what chromatic aberration is and what to think about taking a photo. Currently I am also trying to save for a Giottos MTL9360B and still debating on what ball head to pair it with as my main Disney/everyday shooting tripod.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Frustrating, I know....

    The 24 hour event should be great though. Why do you need a hotel?
    Died in 1720 ya know...

    Checkout all my Disneyland photos
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/5198394...7625048447449/

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tiki View Post
    Frustrating, I know....

    The 24 hour event should be great though. Why do you need a hotel?
    We have a hotel room for Thursday night so I can be in line early Friday morning instead of having to drive up there and be exhausted. We also have it for Friday in case Diane wants to go and take a nap during the day. Then we have it for Saturday so I have a place to go and sleep after being up for 30 hours. It isn't worth trying to drive 90 miles back home with no sleep. It only takes nodding off for a split second to change your life or someone else's.

    I know it seems like a lot of money spent for so little but it is just safer this way and I'm working way too hard and pushing myself so hard that I don't want to do anything stupid and either push myself into sickness or a stupid injury.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Do you take photos for Disney? You are really good at this. But i'm sure you and everyone already knows that
    -> -> http://micechat.com/forums/disneyland-resort/181693-after-hours.html <- <-
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Tilly View Post
    Do you take photos for Disney? You are really good at this. But i'm sure you and everyone already knows that
    Very kind of you to say but No, I don't take photos for Disney. I'd like to but they haven't come a knocking. However, 3 of my photo friends who I shoot with at Disneyland all the time have been hired by Disney to photograph for them on a freelance basis.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Pretties, indeed!

    Getting a hotel is definitely a good, safe option. That way (like you say) you will be rested when driving back home. And maybe a fun little splurge (depending on which hotel you use).
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    My question wasn't serious - of course you'll need a hotel

    That castle shot is superb!
    Died in 1720 ya know...

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Wow, I was all the way back on page 13. Ouch!
    Sorry I've been so out of touch. Working 100 hours a week doesn't leave much time for making new tutorials.

    I'm trying and trying and F'ing TRYING to get one posted but I can't figure out how to do it from Dropbox to save my life.

    If anyone knows how to upload images via dropbox, please let me know. I'm about to stick my fist through my screen.

    Here's a few pretties for now.

    Be Silent, Be Still... by Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1, on Flickr


    Alterior Motive... by Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1, on Flickr


    The Black Pearly Gates... by Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1, on Flickr


    America The Beautiful... by Ring of Fire Hot Sauce 1, on Flickr
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Your photos are truly amazing. Your talent is apparent. I so enjoy your work. Thank you for sharing!

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    ​Oh, wow, pretty indeed!
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