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I couldn’t force myself to not take this picture the way the sunlight was hitting the castle as the sunset. It was a beautiful sight and I stuck around just to get some castle shots at dusk before heading over to DHS for the evening…
Main Street Hub
Walt Disney World Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
This picture made it to Flickr Explore December 16, 2008 – #305 – thanks everyone!
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Well guys, I’m back from a 5 day trip to Walt Disney World. Although I took my camera with me, with the 50mm f/1.4 mounted on it at all times, I didn’t really get all that many photo opportunities. It was a family trip and we were touring with another family that had never been to Disney World, so just not a ton of time for pictures. All in all, I brought home 803 RAW files. Probably only 1/3 of those are keepers and probably only a 1/3 of the keepers are pictures I’d post on Flickr. So that equals out to be around 87 pictures – hopefully enough to post one a day until our October trip. I feel like I really got to know my camera this trip and I played around with exposure compensation a lot and using only the 50mm really made me think about composition. I used the tilted composition a lot because everyone seems to be doing that these days, and also because sometimes I just seemed to close so sometimes by tilting the camera you can get more in the frame. I did get one night at the studios when everyone else went back to the hotel so I did pretty good there. There were so many times that I wish I had my tripod and a wider lens though. We stayed at Pop Century so I got a few decent pics there also.
All in all it was a fun trip… some highs and lows:
-Like I said before, I got to know my camera pretty well.
-Discovered that the 50mm f/1.4 is an AWESOME lens for dark rides.
-We were able to do pretty much everything we wanted to do.
-Had a fun day at Cocoa Beach and heard (to cloudy to see) the space shuttle go off.
-Olivia rode all the attractions including Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster and Expedition Everest – and loved them all!
-Met up with my brother and his family for a day at the Magic Kingdom.
-Man was it hot!
-Holy smokes it was crowded
-Pop Century (I’m not sure if I’ll ever stay at a value resort with the family again)
-Bus transportation (I was on the fence, but I now know for sure that I’m a rental car guy)
-People Mover being closed. I can’t tell you how many times I walked by wishing I could take a ride on the TTA.
-Missed out on experiencing the American Adventure because my family thinks it’s boring.
-Totally blew it (photographing, again) Peter Pan’s Flight.
Focal Length: 50mm
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World Resort
Bay Lake, Florida
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This picture made it to Flickr Explore June 20, 2009 – #1 – thanks everyone!
Disney Photo Challenge winner in "Twilight" – thanks for your votes!
If you want to see how I made this (and how you can too!), visit my HDR Tutorial. I hope it gives you some new tricks!
Many people ask about my technique, and all the details are in the tutorial above. Others just come for the Photomatix discount code that they gave me since I am such a big believer in their product – that Photomatix discount code is "stuckincustoms".
You can visit the tutorial for this picture at stuckincustoms.com/2006/06/06/548/
The biggest problem was people walking in front of the tripod, totally aloof to my HDR quest. Since it takes five minutes to explain HDR to people, it was not efficient to stop everyone in the area and give them a short dissertation on why it is important for them not to get in front of my tripod…
Also, there is a nice gal that wrote a dissertation about this photo at Washington University – you can read it here: stuckincustoms.com/a-dissertation-on-my-times-square-photo/