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    Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    There are about a gazillion photo threads, but I hope people will allow me a little self-indulgence here. Let me explain what you all have done to me.


    During our 2011 trip, I took TONS of photos, most of which were shots of us in front of something. I had grown up at Disneyland (my mother worked there when I was a kid), so I didn't really see all the "photo opportunities" others see. It was more like the normal backdrop of a neighborhood I grew up in. But after that 2011 trip, I found that I LOVED looking at photos of the park posted here. Many are truly stunning, but almost all are just fun to look at. I decided that on my next visit, I'd make more of an effort to take the sorts of photos I've enjoyed here. Based on advice I'd read in various threads, I tried to make my photos more "interesting" than the typical "smile with Mickey!" shots. I also touched some of them up a bit (mainly lighting and saturation) in Photoshop Elements, partly to compensate for the dreary skies that prevailed most of the time we were there. (This was back in March. Sorry I'm a bit late posting.)


    I'm most definitely not a photographer, and I didn't want to invest in anything bulky, expensive, or complicated. I opted to get a decent point-and-shoot, though, rather than rely on a cell phone camera again. After reading a lot of reviews, I settled on a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS. I won't go into its features, but I will say that I used its telephoto lens a LOT more than I anticipated, and I was pleased with the results.


    So, without further ado, here are some photos taken in early March 2013 with a point-and-shoot camera by someone with no discernible talent in photography. Please judge accordingly.



    it's a small world by blaked36, on Flickr


    I was really impressed with the telephoto lens on this camera. Here's the Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain shot from Tarzan's Treehouse:

    Haunted Mansion and Splash Mountain from Tarzan's Treehouse by blaked36, on Flickr


    And again from Tarzan's Treehouse:

    Splash Mountain from Tarzan's Treehouse by blaked36, on Flickr


    And again without the zoom:

    New Orleans Square/Critter Country seen from Tarzan's Treehouse by blaked36, on Flickr



    Pirates of the Caribbean facade from Tarzan's Treehouse by blaked36, on Flickr



    View from the Astro Orbitor by blaked36, on Flickr



    The old PeopleMover track seen from the Astro Orbitor by blaked36, on Flickr



    Columbia by blaked36, on Flickr



    Columbia seen from the Hungry Bear restaurant by blaked36, on Flickr


    I was pretty happy with how this one turned out. We were stopped at the train station by Toon Town, and I quickly snapped this through the leaves:

    Mickey's Toon Town clock seen from the Disneyland Railroad by blaked36, on Flickr


    Another shot where the telephoto lens really showed its unexpected worth:

    Star Tours by blaked36, on Flickr



    Star Tours by blaked36, on Flickr


    Here I was struck by the juxtaposition of the building, the fountain, and the decorative border in the foreground:

    Carthay Circle and fountain by blaked36, on Flickr



    Adventureland sign from the Tiki Room courtyard by blaked36, on Flickr



    Adventureland by blaked36, on Flickr



    Adventureland by blaked36, on Flickr



    Grizzly Peak by blaked36, on Flickr



    Grizzly River Run by blaked36, on Flickr


    Night time and dreary weather didn't help these shots, but I was still happy with the colors I managed to get:

    Submarine lagoon by blaked36, on Flickr



    Tomorrowland/Star Tours by blaked36, on Flickr



    Astro Orbitor by blaked36, on Flickr



    Cars Land by blaked36, on Flickr



    Flik's Flyers by blaked36, on Flickr


    I managed to catch my wife and kid upside-down in this shot, which I guess speaks well of the camera's speed:

    California Screamin' by blaked36, on Flickr



    Snow White by blaked36, on Flickr



    Pixie Hollow by blaked36, on Flickr



    Pixie Hollow by blaked36, on Flickr



    The Matterhorn from Pixie Hollow by blaked36, on Flickr



    Pixie Hollow by blaked36, on Flickr



    Astro Orbitor from Pixie Hollow by blaked36, on Flickr

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Thank you very much for sharing these, and trying out/experimenting with things you never thought to photograph before always worthwhile usually!

    I particularly liked the shot from the Astro Orbitor, and the Snow White grotto statue with the water streams from the fountain. Keep up the good work!

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Good job. You look like a photographer to me! PM one is my favorite.

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Very nicely done!

    I have a dslr myself, the Sony Alpha 77 - but probably 6 out of 10 visits, I carry a p&s - I have the Sony DSCHX10V. The amount of digital imaging technology and in-camera imaging software that's being packed into the current p&s cameras from Sony, Canon, Nikon and Panasonic/Lumix is stunning.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Very nice - you said you are not a photographer, but I think you are one ​now.


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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Taking pictures is one of my main activities in the park anymore. Fun hobby and you got some fun shots!

    I've got a DSLR, but I still use my point and shoot as a complement to it.
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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    These are all really good! Thanks for sharing.

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    these are great point and shoot shots!
    hey, who said you need a crazy thousans dollar camera to take awsome pics of the happiest place on earth!(: i think everyone goes a little camera happy there lol
    but your carthay circle with the fountain, is genious
    and the rockets pic flying facing the castle and pixie hallow is... ah beautiful lol
    good pics!
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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    Great pics. The key to photography is composition & getting an interesting shot which you've done. Having an expensive camera is nice but not essential

    I love the way you've found some different angles of familiar things to make us look at them a new light and you've done really well with night shots which are hard to do.

    Keep up the good work and make sure you share the results with us :-)

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    All the photos I take I use my iPhone for and with that its a mixed bag but there are always some that look like coming from a expensive camera. I don't care what price your camera is, as long as you can get the picture/message/story across that you want your audience to understand.
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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    These are actually amazing, love the different perspective of photos, not angles/shots you usually see. I love the shot from the Astro Orbitor of the hub and castle.

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    I love these shots! You actually have a good eye for interesting shots. I'm not a photographer either but enjoy taking photos of the parks myself. I usually take about a hundred shots before I get one that I really like. Even so, I don't feel like most of those compare to what you have here. Nice.

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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    No talent? You got some great shots!! I especially love the Small World shot! A lot of the newer P&S cameras can do almost as much as a fancy DSLR, but the person behind the camera is a big factor too. And you have some wonderful shots! Don't sell yourself short here! Keep taking those pictures and keep sharing them with us!




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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    First off, Great Photos!!!

    I've always felt I've been able to get good pictures with a point and shoot camera. I switched to a Canon Power Shot last year for park updates and while I do think some pictures are better, with the right settings you can get the same or better pictures on a point and shoot. During our trip back east last year I decided to just take my point and shoot because I didn't want to carry around the Canon for 8 days.

    I see people with all of these hyper-expensive camera's and lenses and while there are some talented people to be sure, if you don't know how to use it correctly it's all a waste.


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    Re: Amateur park photography with a point-and-shoot

    I really like the photos! Thanks for sharing your talent.
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