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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Poisonedapples View Post



    Is this an ok image? used a nikon coolpix L22 on the sunset setting..has not been retouched at all.
    I like the image. It's funny because I am going to Disneyland next week and shooting the sun setting behind the fun wheel was on my list of shots to take.

    My only recommendation on processing would be to select the face on the wheel and brighten that up, then saturate the colors of the sky a little bit.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

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    If I could put in a requets. I know in the past you have done a tutorial on HDR images. Can you go more into depth on the creation of them? I have tried a few and always come up with a wierdly exposed very very very noisy image that looks really bad.
    I just got home from Disneyland and took at least 200 shots all for HDR processing. I will do a post on it soon. Don't feel bad, a very large percentage of the shots I try to do as an HDR come out so horribly noisy that I delete them before I even finish processing them.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    1-11-11
    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” should prove to be a very useful tip that will not only improve pictures of Disneyland but lots and lots of other outdoor images. Today, we use a Gradient Fill Layer to fix a dull hazy sky.

    We will start with this photo of Mickey’s fountain in Toontown. In the usual Southern California fashion, the sky is kind of a hazy gray, washed out blah. That hazy light has also killed most of the color and richness in the Toontown mountains.


    First we open it in Photoshop Elements. Make sure the Foreground Color at the bottom left of the screen is set to Black.


    Next, using the Selection Tool, just like we did in the past few lessons, select the sky and the mountains, leaving the Mickey Statue and Mickey’s house alone. You will need to use the Subtract from Selection and Add to Selection brushes to make a clean selection.
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    In the Layers box, click on the same little button that we used to create a levels adjustment layer and create a Gradient Fill Layer.


    This places the Gradient at the bottom of the image, which obviously does us no good. When you create the Gradient Fill Layer, it also gives you a small control window.


    In the control window, Check the Reverse Box and make sure the style is set to Linear. This moves the gradient to the top of the image and makes it go straight across the image and not at an angle.


    In the Layers dropdown menu, click on Overlay.


    This is what our image looks like now.


    If the gradient is too strong or you want to make other adjustments to it, place your mouse pointer in the little gradient box and double click. This will bring up this Gradient Editor window.


    If you notice the gradient rectangle in the middle, it has slider tabs on the ends of it.


    I like the image the way it is but for lessons sake, if you slide the white slider back to the left, it raises the bottom edge of the gradient, thus lightening up the lower part of the gradient. I don’t think this image needs it but you might find it necessary.


    I moved it back, so here is our final image.


    I know I have a lot of Disneyland photos that can be greatly improved by this quick processing technique. I hope it helps you as well.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

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    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is a simple rule that applies to photographic composition, called Room to Move.

    When you photograph an object that is moving or one that usually moves, make sure you leave space in front of the object for it to move into.

    Here are some examples of photos where I left space for the subject to move into the frame and where I didn’t You can see that the ones with the bad composition are not only boring to look at, they just seem wrong.

    Here the train is already more than half way through the frame and doesn’t have any place to go.


    Whereas in this picture there is a lot of track for the train to travel on and it has a sense of movement to it.


    The same goes for this one. The train is half way through the frame but there is still enough space in front of it to make the picture comfortable to look at.


    In this picture, the train is in the bottom corner of the frame and seems not only out of place but so crampled that
    it looks like it's going to smack into the edge of the picture.


    This photo of the Mark Twain has plenty of river in front of it for a relaxing cruise through the picture.


    In this photo, the Mark Twain has already traveled down the river and is so close to you that it seems like the trip is already over.


    So the next time you try to take a picture of a moving object, make sure you think about where it is supposed to be moving to and leave enough room for it to get there.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    1-15-11
    Today’ “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” is another compositional tip that harkens back to the Rule of 3rds, (post link) but with a different context. Today we discuss the Rule of 3rds in 3D.

    Diane and I were having breakfast at the River Belle Terrace with Gregg Cooper (Corsair 13) and his son Justin on Tuesday and discussing different photographic techniques. We started talking about the Rule of 3rds and Gregg mentioned that it also applied to “Depth”, meaning something of interest in the Foreground, Middle Ground and Background of the image.

    I had never heard of the Rule of 3rds being applied like that, nor had I ever thought about doing it either. It immediately got me to thinking about doing that as a lesson for this column and how I could take pictures that day to fit the lesson.

    Here are some examples that will help illustrate the 3D Rule of 3rds concept.
    I took this photo of the Matterhorn with the palm trees to show the contrast of tropical looking trees set against the snow capped peaks of Matterhorn Mountain. It works for that purpose but it is pretty boring.


    However, by zooming back a little bit and waiting for the Monorail to come by, it adds the 3rd point of interest in the middle of the image and makes it a lot more interesting to look at.


    I don’t have a good example to show, but this shot of Tomorrowland and the Matterhorn would have been a whole lot more interesting had I waited for the Monorail to come by and not only add more color to the image but the 3rd dimension as well.


    This photo of Mickey’s fountain in Toontown is now out of proportion because Plush Mickey creates a 4th layer of depth and actually makes the image too busy. The picture would be better balanced without him.


    This HDR that I shot Tuesday night (right next to Gregg) is more proportionally balanced with just the fountain, Mickey’s house and the Toontown sign in the background.


    Here, I kept the fence in the foreground with the train in the middle and mountain in the background to fill all 3 depths of the picture.


    Even though this image shot from Tarzan’s Treehouse is pretty busy, it sill has interest because of the leaves in the foreground, the mast of the lookout post and the Mark Twain in the distance.


    So the next time you are taking pictures that have some depth to them, ask yourself, “Does this image have something of interest in all 3 depths?”

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    1-17-11
    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” has nothing to do with technique, post processing or camera function, it is simply a tip that can help you become a better photographer. Today we take a look at Patterns.

    The point of this post is simply to say that when you are walking around Disneyland or anywhere else for that matter and looking for interesting things to photograph, be on the lookout for Patterns. They can come in the strangest of places and show up where you least expect. It isn’t that they will make the most interesting photographs but the reason I say to look out for them is simple. Being a good photographer is less about equipment or technique but simply about being observant. The more observant you become, the more interesting things you see and the more interesting things you see, the more you can photograph. When you photograph interesting things, you have interesting photographs.

    Here are some examples of patterns found in Disneyland.










    What amazes me about this shot is how the imagineers actually painted each screw head different colors to match the color in the wood.


    Since I haven’t posted any “pretty” pictures lately, here’s one that I shot the other day. I call it Submergence. As the sun goes down, so does the Nautilus and the Monorail whizzes by as a mere streak of light.

    http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5049/...4f26c0_b_d.jpg

    I will be at Disneyland for the next 3 days, so I am not sure if I will be able to do any posts while I am there. I will try, but can't make any promises.

    I am also thinking about another Mice Chat Photo Meet on Sunday March 6th. I wanted to do it sometime in February but I don't think my schedule will accomodate it. If any of you would like to join us, please let me know.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...





    Took this one recently. in NOS. I have not retouched this one either.. but thank you for the comments on my last photo!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

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    Took this one recently. in NOS. I have not retouched this one either.. but thank you for the comments on my last photo!
    I love the colors, beautiful picture!!!

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    Today’s “Disneyland Photo Tip of the Day” harkens back to a previous post about photographing flowers but shows a little trick to taking more interesting photos of the flowers. I call it Drip & Flick Flower Photos.

    The first and most important thing to taking good flower pictures is selecting the best looking flower.
    Then set the largest aperture you can and get as close to the flower as you can, unless you are photographing a field of flowers.

    One of the nicest times to photograph flowers is first thing in the morning when they are covered with dew and the droplets of water catch the sun. Even though we can’t always be in Disneyland that early in the morning, we can still get the same look.

    I saw this flower this morning near the swimming pool at Paradise Pier Hotel.


    I had Diane pour some water in her hand, letting it drip onto the flower.


    Then she gently flicked water onto the petals.


    And here is the final along with another small bunch of flowers that I did the same thing to.




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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    my favorite photography style is macro! it's just soo fun!

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    It's becoming one of mine too, especially with my new F/1.4 lens. It gives an amazingly shallow depth of field.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

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    It's becoming one of mine too, especially with my new F/1.4 lens. It gives an amazingly shallow depth of field.
    Roughly how much does that lens cost?

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Great idea with the water droplets--it really adds that little something to your average flower picture.

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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

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    Roughly how much does that lens cost?
    The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is about $350.00. The 50mm F/1.8 is also a great lens that is only about $100.00. If you can afford the 1.4, go for it, if that is a bit steep right now, don't hesitate to get the 1.8. It's a lot of fun as well.
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    Re: The Disneyland Photo of the Day...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hot Sauce 1 View Post
    The Canon 50mm F/1.4 is about $350.00. The 50mm F/1.8 is also a great lens that is only about $100.00. If you can afford the 1.4, go for it, if that is a bit steep right now, don't hesitate to get the 1.8. It's a lot of fun as well.
    Thank you so much!

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