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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    What you might want to look into is the Timer Remote for your camera. It'll let you dial a specific time in, and hold the shutter open that exact time. It'll help when shooting stuff like fireworks. You can set it to take a picture, and then instantly start the next one automatically.

    By the way, your fireworks shots are killer! Those are the kind I want to start getting!!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Love the fireworks shots HotSauce. I'm so looking forward to shooting fireworks again.

    And the Mark Twain shot is off the hook! The mist on the water really makes it. Great job.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    What they said. ^^ Those shots are amazing! Great job on those, Hot Sauce! I love the different lighting on the castle and the mist on the ROA. I'm very jealous of your shots of the Columbia and the Mark Twain. I am THIS close to shelling out the extra 50 bucks to be down there for the mist, the fireworks, and the different lighting.

    For the heads in your shots, CS 5 has a cool new feature called "Content Aware." You hit delete and photoshop magically fills in what should have been there. No more having to stamp out entire sections of your photo.

    Here's a before and after from World of Color where I was frantically trying to shield my lens from all of the mist in the soak zone:

    From this...



    To this...




    Ba da bing, ba da boom. No more hand. It really comes in handy for those balloons and heads..and hands... that are constantly getting in your shot at the worst times.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Awesome shots Hawt Sawce!

    Thats sweet Mac!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Mac Daddy View Post
    Here's a before and after from World of Color where I was frantically trying to shield my lens from all of the mist in the soak zone
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    Do you not have lens shields? I didn't for the longest time but I'm so glad I have them now! Big difference for lens safety & preventing stray light!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by MistrWebmastr View Post
    Do you not have lens shields? I didn't for the longest time but I'm so glad I have them now! Big difference for lens safety & preventing stray light!
    Sadly, I didn't have it with me. As I was shooting at night, I didn't think I would need it, and I had no idea how much water would be coming down on my camera. In hindsight, it would have been a good idea to bring it, but even then, with the breeze, the light downpour was blowing straight into the crowd, so I would still have had to deal with all of that water blowing horizontally into my lens. I was shooting with the wide Sigma 10-20 and the lens hood on that is really quite shallow so I'm not sure how much moisture it would have kept off of the lens. I lost more than a few good shots that night as I had to keep stopping to dry the lens and camera off as quickly as I could.

    If you catch WOC on a good night when the breeze is blowing South toward the Wheel, it's not much of an issue. But if it's blowing directly over the crowd, get ready for some serious wetness. I was shooting with a poncho, but my camera was getting pretty wet throughout. I'm still thinking about some sort of weather/rain sleeve for the camera at some point as I love shooting in the rain.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    The last time I shot the World of Color show, I was on the boardwalk (the only place to see it from in my opinion) and set the camera up on my monopod. I didn't use a lens hood either because it wouldn't help with the mist coming at you and would just get in the way when trying to wipe off the lens. I actually just left a large lens cloth over the whole camera when I could feel mist on my face. As soon as I didn't feel any, I would lift the cloth and take a few shots, then just drape the cloth back over the lens. When the cloth was hanging over the lens, I would gently give the lens a wipe just in case it did get spots on it.

    It was actually much easier than it sounds and when I wasn't taking pictures, I just enjoyed the show.

    I also think that the best pictures come from the Post Show where you don't have to worry about water hitting you and all the fountains and lights are going with the Fun Wheel lit up to match the colors.

    Mac Daddy, that software is amazing. I only have Photoshop Elements at the moment. I wonder if there is a "Content Aware" plug in that I can get for Elements or Lightroom. Either that or I will have to upchuck the money for CS 5.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day...

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    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” will Tell the Whole Story.

    Whenever you travel to a picturesque destination and plan on taking photographs in an effort to preserve those memories, make sure your photos tell the whole story of that location.

    You might be asking yourself, “What does he mean by The Whole Story?”
    Let’s take the Grand Canyon for example. Say you and your family pile into the trusty wood paneled station wagon in the middle of summer and drive out to Arizona to visit the Grand Canyon. You will no doubt be taking lots of scenic panoramas of the canyon showing the grandeur that Mother Nature has provided us. If you were to tell the Whole Story of that visit, you would include pictures of a cactus, a Gila Monster, Rattlesnake, possibly a rafting trip down the river or a donkey ride down the canyon, not to mention the obligatory picture of your family standing next to the station wagon in front of the canyon. Often times it’s the little details that are the cornerstone of a great memory.

    For today’s subject I chose Condor Flats to tell my story. I have probably used a few of these photos for other posts, so please excuse any duplication for the purpose of visualization.












































    So the next time you pay a visit to Disneyland, or anywhere else for that matter, think about the story you want your pictures to tell and make sure to Tell the Whole Story.


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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    cool night time shots are you always like the last person to leave the parks lol

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael808702 View Post
    cool night time shots are you always like the last person to leave the parks lol
    Whenever my wife will let me, I'm usually one of the last few.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    I only have Photoshop Elements at the moment. I wonder if there is a "Content Aware" plug in that I can get for Elements or Lightroom. Either that or I will have to upchuck the money for CS 5.
    Yeah, content aware is really cool and I think it's a new feature in Photoshop CS5. I bought an OEM (downloaded, not student) version of Photoshop CS5 Extended from an Adobe reseller for $120 and it works great.

    Adobe activates your install code over the net now (like Microsoft does) to unlock the software, so it's not easy to sell illegal copies like it once was.

    Not sure I'm allowed to post links like this here, so PM me for the website if you want to buy a copy.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    For “Today’s Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day”, we are Going to the Movies. To be more specific, we are going to add a Cinema Film effect to our photos using Photoscape. This will give a 1930’s feel to the photo, adding to the overall theme and feeling in the picture.

    I couldn’t think of a better place to focus this lesson on than the marquees of the Main St. Cinema in Disneyland.

    Here are the original pictures as they came out of the camera.






    The first thing I did was to open Photoscape and go to the Editor window. Here’s how we begin.


    I decided to rotate the photo a bit to the right so it was at a closer angle to the Traffic Trouble sign. I clicked on the Rotate Arbitrarily arrow which gave me this window. I rotated it 6.50 degrees to the right.


    The next thing was to convert it to Black & White. I clicked on the Grayscale button shown right above the small window as you see in this capture.


    Giving me this result.


    I then went to the Filter tab – Film Effect – Cinema – Middle as you can see.


    As you can see now, we have deeper blacks and the silver around the lights has a little more of a golden hue to it. The contrast is a little greater, making the letters of the sign stand out a little more. The next thing was to crop the photo a bit to get closer to the sign and eliminate some of the distractions in the picture like the frame in the bottom left corner. I went to the Crop Tab and clicked on Crop by Original Photo Ratio.


    This shows you the area I chose to crop it to.


    Once cropped, I went back to the Filter tab – Vignetting - #2. I actually did this twice to darken the corners a little more than it did after only clicking it once.


    Here is the final frame as you see it in Photoscape. Then I just clicked on Save - Save As and gave it a new name so I wouldn't overwrite the original image.


    I did the same treatment (other than rotating and cropping) to the other two photos. Here are the final results.






    So if you have an image that evokes a certain time such as the 1930’s and a certain cinematic feel to it, give this a try. It only takes a few minutes and can completely change how you see your photos.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    We have a Date!!!
    The first Mice Chat Photographer Meet up is set for the afternoon & evening of Wednesday, November 17th. and the morning of Thursday the 18th.

    For any Mice Chat Photo Enthusiasts of all levels, you are welcome to join us. There is also a thread in the Meeting Forum where we are discussing it.

    Please chime in if you are interested in joining us.
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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.
    Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!, Not like Golf! No matter how hard I try, I suck at Golf.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by CMHusband View Post
    Oh no!!!!!!!!!!!, Not like Golf! No matter how hard I try, I suck at Golf.
    I refuse to even try golf, not even once. I know myself too well and it would only serve to frustrate and obsess me. The same goes for a video game console. If I had one, I'd be on it 24 hours a day.
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