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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken_Monk View Post
    HOLY HELL, that is one awesome shot! Im currently working on my firework photography and this is the type of shot that Im hoping for. I just picked up a 50mm 1.8 lens and I quickly found out that with the crop factor on my camera it wasnt wide enought to take this shot. The kit lens (18-55) did a better job but Im gonna have to invest in a wide angle soon.
    I use my kit lens for my fireworks shots. I am usually using an aperture of F/8 to F/11, so there is no need for the 50mm 1.8. I did try it with my 50mm, but realized in my early test shots that it was too close and I lost too much of the sky.

    So far, the biggest improvement in my fireworks shots has been the use of a .6 neutral density filter. It really darkens the sky, improves the colors of the fireworks and allows longer shutter speeds.

    I also want to get a wide angle lens and give it a shot sometime soon.

    Are you in for a photo meet up and tour sometime soon???
    So far the 18th of November is being discussed.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I bumped up 1.8 lens up to F11/f16 but I didnt have a tripod and my seating was in front of the partners statue so the 50mm with the crop made it about an 85mm which was way to close. So its either upgrade to the 5D or use the kit lens.

    HOLY WAFFLE I didnt even think of using an ND filter! Ima have to try this.

    Oh yeah, I would for sure be down for a photog meetup at the park. I marked Nov 18th down in the calendar as a tent date. Is that being discussed in another thread? I didnt see it on here. A Wed, Fri, Sat or Sun would work the best for me, but Ill deal with what the group settles on.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Drunken_Monk View Post
    I bumped up 1.8 lens up to F11/f16 but I didnt have a tripod and my seating was in front of the partners statue so the 50mm with the crop made it about an 85mm which was way to close. So its either upgrade to the 5D or use the kit lens.

    HOLY WAFFLE I didnt even think of using an ND filter! Ima have to try this.

    Oh yeah, I would for sure be down for a photog meetup at the park. I marked Nov 18th down in the calendar as a tent date. Is that being discussed in another thread? I didnt see it on here. A Wed, Fri, Sat or Sun would work the best for me, but Ill deal with what the group settles on.
    Here is the link to the discussion about the meet up over in the forums area; http://micechat.com/forums/meets-eve...post1056290072
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    10-15-10
    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is going to focus on the Jedi Training Academy and a unique location to photograph it.

    If you’ve ever watched the Jedi Training Academy at the Tomorrowland Terrace, you know that it is really crowded with exuberant parents taking pictures of their little younglings doing battle with the Dark Side. I don’t have any children but I love taking pictures of this just for the storm troopers and Darth Vader. I’ve tried working my way through the obstacle course of tables, chairs and strollers to get somewhat close and if it wasn’t’ for a 50-250 zoom lens, I wouldn’t have any pictures of it at all.

    However, I do have a new favorite spot to photograph it from and it puts you within inches of Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers. If you are lucky, they will even interact with you for a moment.

    If you go behind the stage that rises up and pick the corner of the curve on the right hand side of the stage (facing the crowd), it is a perfect spot to view the show. There usually aren’t any people there and the only time you have to move is when the cast member has to access the little panel on the wall at the beginning of the show and at the end when the stage goes down. I’ve even grabbed that spot after the show began and had nobody around me except for the family eating at the table beside me.

    From this spot you don’t see the faces of the children or get much of an angle for Darth Maul but Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers walk around the stage and right in front of you several times throughout the show. Sometimes, the Storm Troopers will interact with people sitting at the tables around you.

    Here are some of my favorite shots taken from my favorite spot. The only post processing I've done to these is a little cropping and some brightening here or there.

    The Dark Side Line Up


    Dun Dun Dun Dun De Dun, Dun De Dun…


    Younglings prepare for their training.


    Give me that burger or else!


    I sense something… Something I’ve not felt since…


    Make sure you get my good side, or should I say my Dark Side!


    Could “Project Tomorrow” be a Death Star???


    Aren’t I kinda sexy to be a Storm Trooper?


    Damn that smoke, I can see a thing in this helmet.


    Whatever you do, don’t shoot the guy in black.


    You want a piece of me?


    You want a piece of me too?


    The mysterious Darth Maul…


    So if you don’t have children, you have no need to fight the crowd and be 100 feet away from the show to enjoy it or to get great pictures. All you need to do is "Release your anger and give yourself to the Dark Side", or release your shutter and go to the back side. It can be the best spot to shoot from.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    10-16-10
    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is going to take a pair of scissors to our photographs and chop our subjects in half.

    Part of my goal as a photographer is to capture images that not only show what I want them to, but convey some kind of emotion, character or have a bit of mystery and intrigue to them.

    One way of creating intrigue or emotion in your photos is to cut off part of your subject. Doing so can completely change the feeling and/or focus of the image entirely.

    Here are some examples of images that I either shot with only part of the subject in the frame or took the original picture and then cropped it in such a way to change its visual impact.

    This is the picture of Darth Vader that I posted yesterday.


    I rotated the photo a small amount to make him straight and cropped it by cutting his mask in half right down the middle. Then I converted it to black & white and added a slight vignette to it. As you can see, it went from basically a portrait shot to something with some mystery and depth to it.


    I did the same thing with this photo of Darth Vader.




    Here are some photos I took in the Dia De Los Muertos display by Rancho Del Zocalo. This is the original photo, which to be honest, doesn’t do anything for me.


    I rotated it a slight amount to make the doll straight then cropped it by cutting off most of her face and leaving the focal point on the flower behind her ear.


    Then I cropped it the other direction so she comes in from the other side and now it has a much scarier and creepier vibe to it.


    This shot of the Goofy statue near the Partners Statue is the original image, only converted to black & white and a vignette applied to it. I shot it this way intentionally because you don’t need to see the entire statue to know who it is and it only needs the front part of the profile to convey its emotion. The rest of the statue was completely unnecessary.


    I also took this picture of Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket in an attempt to show the relationship between the two characters. It does the job of showing the two characters and the care that they have for each other but isn’t anything unique. I’ve seen lots of photos like it.


    I then decided that Jiminy Cricket was the real focus of the picture so I took one of just him. It’s nice, but doesn’t really impress me.


    I kept looking at the picture and decided all that was really necessary was his face and his hands so I cropped out everything else, and now it works for me.


    After I photographed the Jedi Training Academy last week, I wanted to go up onto the second floor of the Innoventions building and take some pictures of the rocket and space mountain. The cast member wouldn’t let me walk up the exit ramp (even though no one was coming down it) and told me I had to go through the building to get up there. I grumbled about it to my wife who said that there might be something inside that I would want to photograph and she dragged me in. As usual, my wife was right and I loved the visual pattern created by these video game seats. In the brief moment when no one was on them I grabbed this picture.


    Upon looking at it, I decided that the light on the metal curve was what I really liked, so I cut the image in half and I love the way it looks. (I like it both ways too)


    So if you want to change the way a photograph speaks to you, try chopping your subject in half and see what is says.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I've added some thoughts about the possible Photo Meet Up over in the thread discussing it.
    Here's the link:
    http://micechat.com/forums/meets-eve...hoto-meet.html
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Awesome shots......love the one of the half mask of Darth Vader and the half of Jiminy Cricket.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Even though I'm no photographer I have enjoyed checking this daily since you started it. It's probably in my top 10 favorite threads on MC right now. I have been stunned by so many of your photos! Thank you for all the hard work that you put into this thread! Looking forward to Monday's pics.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    I'm no photographer either but makes me want to pick it up as a hobby. I love the shots in this thread as well.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneyManiac View Post
    Even though I'm no photographer I have enjoyed checking this daily since you started it. It's probably in my top 10 favorite threads on MC right now. I have been stunned by so many of your photos! Thank you for all the hard work that you put into this thread! Looking forward to Monday's pics.
    THANK YOU! I do believe that doing this thread is teaching me more than I am teaching anyone else.

    I'm looking forward to Monday too, although I have no idea what it is going to be.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by 1Disneylandfan View Post
    I'm no photographer either but makes me want to pick it up as a hobby. I love the shots in this thread as well.
    If you are an addictive type personality like myself, be careful if you do pick it up. It becomes very expensive and just like golf, you never, ever get good enough.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    If you are an addictive type personality like myself, be careful if you do pick it up. It becomes very expensive and just like golf, you never, ever get good enough.

    Too true! This is my current equipment:


    Camera bag by MistrWebmastr, on Flickr


    • Canon 7D Body
    • Tamron 17-55mm F/2.8 Lens
    • Canon 70-300mm F/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
    • Canon 50mm F/1.8 Prime Lens
    • Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (Fairly new)
    • Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 UWA lens (brand spaking new - Thanks a ton WDWFigment!)
    • Canon Speedlite 430 EX II
    • Tiffen 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 ND Filters & a Circular Polarizer
    • Also, I have a whole bunch of equipment in the top part, including a timer remote control and various cleaning supplies.

    This is all fairly recent, however I've had a Canon Digital Rebel XT for 5 years.

    Photography really is a drug. Though keep in mind - it's not the equipment so much as the photographer that makes pictures come out great! If I gave this bag to my sister, and I took her little P&S, I'd probably still come up with better pictures.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by MistrWebmastr View Post
    Too true! This is my current equipment:


    Camera bag by MistrWebmastr, on Flickr


    • Canon 7D Body
    • Tamron 17-55mm F/2.8 Lens
    • Canon 70-300mm F/3.5-5.6 IS Lens
    • Canon 50mm F/1.8 Prime Lens
    • Pro-Optic 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye Lens (Fairly new)
    • Tokina 11-16 F/2.8 UWA lens (brand spaking new - Thanks a ton WDWFigment!)
    • Canon Speedlite 430 EX II
    • Tiffen 0.3, 0.6, 0.9 ND Filters & a Circular Polarizer
    • Also, I have a whole bunch of equipment in the top part, including a timer remote control and various cleaning supplies.
    This is all fairly recent, however I've had a Canon Digital Rebel XT for 5 years.

    Photography really is a drug. Though keep in mind - it's not the equipment so much as the photographer that makes pictures come out great! If I gave this bag to my sister, and I took her little P&S, I'd probably still come up with better pictures.
    Oh, does that look familiar. I just got a 73" monster of a tripod yesterday that I can't wait to use on the Fireworks. Now I don't have to worry about people's heads in my way, unless they are over 6'-2" and right in front of me.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    I just got a 73" monster of a tripod yesterday that I can't wait to use on the Fireworks. Now I don't have to worry about people's heads in my way, unless they are over 6'-2" and right in front of me.
    Just make sure it fits inside of your back pack in accordance with the Disneyland website. Otherwise you'll stand out and get nailed and it will give tripods a bad name. We already get enough heat as it is.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    If you are an addictive type personality like myself, be careful if you do pick it up. It becomes very expensive and just like golf, you never, ever get good enough.
    Haha, I've never heard anyone liken photography obsession to golf or drugs! I think any creative obsession is a good thing

    And I like the challenge photography provides. I'm always looking to improve, but really enjoy the journey along the way - even though I'm a perfectionist.

    CS5, digital pro cameras, and other tools have opened up a whole new creative land for me. That's what has brought me back into the photography world after so many years away.

    My tripod is slightly longer than my backpack and straps to the back of it. Hope I don't get denied entry with it. HotSauce, please let us know what your experience is taking your new tripod to the park.
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