Entries from Picture This! tagged with 'tripod'

Still Using HDR at Disney's Animal Kingdom

Even with today's software tools like MacPhun's Intensify, I still find taking a set of photographs to create High Dynamic Range or HDR images worth my time in the field and in the digital dark room. With my cameras...

Photographic Patience at Walt Disney World

I covered this week's theme on Patience before in a blog post entitled, "Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World" back in 2013. In it, I talked about waiting until I got a people free photo opportunity. This...

Disney Camera Tips to Start Out 2017

Did you get a new camera for Christmas? Make a New Year's resolution to learn how to use the fancy camera you got last year or the year before or a few years ago? Let me get you started....

Holiday Wishes from Main Street USA

Before the Once Upon A Christmastime Parade, I photographed Holiday Wishes from the same location. I used the Bulb Technique described in this post: Photographing Fireworks. This is a test shot to line up Cinderella Castle down Main Street...

Photographing Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular

I had a plan in mind when I thought about photographing the new night show at Disney's Hollywood Studios. Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular is a fabulous show mixing projections on the Great Movie Ride and fireworks. The problem...

Anatomy of a Magic Kingdom Sunset

On my trip last week, I was on my own Friday at the Magic Kingdom. Using an app on my phone, I had determined a location to photograph the sunset. It was from the bridge on the Wishing Well...

Goodbye to the Main Street Electrical Parade at Walt Disney World

I have seen the Main Street Electrical Parade or MSEP for short numerous times. The brightly colored floats and the extremely catchy tune stays with one for a long, long time. Lisa and I photographed the parade back in...

Purple Wishes over Cinderella Castle

Purples hues during Wishes over Cinderella Castle.Nikon D750/Tokina 16-28mm, 5.4s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length, tripod, remote shutter release. Scott is still on his Stay-cation this week but will be back next week with more on...

Fireworks Primer for Walt Disney World

As the calendar heads towards summer, can Fireworks Season be far behind? Wishes fireworks show over Cinderella Castle.Nikon D700/24-120VR, 15s, f/11, ISO 280, EV 0, 35mm focal length, tripod. At Walt Disney World, every day is in Fireworks Season...

Disney Pic of the Week: Panorama

I have written about how to create a proper panorama photo in the past and how NOT to create them. I did fail to mention the easiest way to create what I call pseudo-panoramics. A pseudo-panoramic is done by...

Illuminations at 28mm

On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I went light by only bringing the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. At 28mm this lens is not as wide as I would like to photograph Illuminations, I found this...

Disney Pic of the Week: The Great Movie Ride

Back in February of this year (2015), the Sorcerer's Hat was about 80 percent removed from Disney's Hollywood Studies. I knew the next time I would visit, the view down Hollywood Blvd. would be very different. Or would it?...

Spaceship Earth at Night in Epcot

Before a trip to Walt Disney World, I will browse through photos on flickr and Google in search of ideas. I found this composition and put it on my shot list for the trip. Though the photo which was...

FP+ Fireworks Locations at Walt Disney World

I photographed Illuminations and Wishes fireworks shows from FastPass+ (FP+) locations in Epcot and the Magic Kingdom on my last trip. The FP+ locations had their advantages and disadvantages which I will discuss below. Magic Kingdom Wishes photographed from...

Blue Storm at Disney's Hollywood Studios

Tower of Terror as a storm closes in on Disney's Hollywood Studios.Nikon D750/28-300VR, 4.5s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, Tripod. I bet you can guess by this photo I took last Saturday from the location of...

Do-over at Disney's Hollywood Studios

The photo this week was taken by me in February of 2009 from the location of tomorrow's All Ears Photo Meet. Earlier this year, the Sorcerer Mickey Hat was removed from in front of the Great Movie Ride. The...

Tripods at Walt Disney World Review

A very useful photographer tool for low light and night photography at Walt Disney World is a Tripod. While it is not essential to have a tripod for the upcoming All Ears Picture This! Photo Meet on Saturday, Setpember...

All Ears Photo Meet near Disney's Hollywood Studios

Announcing Photos of the Night, an All Ears Picture This! Photo Meet at Disney's Hollywood Studios. ANNOUNCING! The next All Ears Picture This! Photo Meet will be different than past ones. Instead of walking around, this time it will...

Disney Pic of the Week: Trashcans

Trashcans at Walt Disney World are everywhere. You can not walk 20 feet without coming upon one. Sadly, Disney has found in their American parks, such an abundance is needed. When photographing there, it is hard not to get...

Main Street Electrical Parade Over Time

There was a late night performance of the Main Street Electrical Parade on my last visit to the Magic Kingdom. The platform overlooking Main Street USA only had a few people so I set up the camera on a...

Neon Night Photography

Over the years, one of the most common questions asked of Scott, Barrie (you remember her), and me, is about night photography. Our reply always includes the need for a tripod or steady flat surface so that your camera...

Disney Pic of the Week: Paradise Pier

Paradise Pier in Disney's California Adventure was a most pleasant surprise. I knew California Screamin' was going to be a blast but the overall feel of the place did remind me of the East Coast boardwalks with fun games,...

Using HDR in Disney's Animal Kingdom

In a previous post I wrote back in 2009, I detailed the High Dynamic Range (HDR) technique as one way to photograph a scene with a big range of light from very dark to very light. In the article,...

Riding Tomorrowland's Astro Orbiter in the Magic Kingdom

I have been visiting Walt Disney World since 1983. In all that time, I have never ridden one of the iconic rides in the Magic Kingdom. This has always been my view of it... Long exposure photo of the...

Photographing Star Wars Weekends Fireworks

Star Wars Weekends for 2014 ended each day with the Symphony in the Stars fireworks show. The show is done totally with music from the Star Wars movie saga. The fireworks used are the most advanced I have ever...

Down Under Spaceship Earth

The entrance to Spaceship Earth at night.Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 10s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -1, 15mm focal length, tripod. This is a fun and popular composition when photographing around Epcot's Spaceship Earth. Use a wide angle or fisheye lens...

Photographing the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel at Night

Photographing in the Magic Kingdom at night is a lot of fun. Especially, late at night as the crowd thins out and photographers can set up their tripods almost anywhere. Which is exactly what I did in Fantasyland to...

Hall of Presidents Lobby in the Magic Kingdom

Fisheye view of the lobby inside the Hall of Presidents.Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/6s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0. The above photo took two years to get it right. The first time I attempted this photo, I did not notice...

Best of Walt Disney World in 2013

After visiting Disneyland in September, I had two trips to Walt Disney World in October and December. The first was a family vacation where I photographed while touring the parks. The other was a planned couple of days photographing...

Wishing You a Happy New Year

Christmas Wishes over Cinderella Castle.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 11s, f/22, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, tripod. Ending the year with a bang! Christmas Wishes over Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom. Happy New Year!...

Snowflakes on Main Street USA

Snowflakes on Main Street USA.Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 6s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod. Wishing You a Magical & Merry Christmas! Who says there is never any snow(flakes) on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom?...

Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland at Night

A couple of weeks ago I got to enjoy the attractions added last year to Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom for the first time. Having spent most of the day at Epcot, I arrived as night was beginning to...

Postcard from Carsland

Scott is still on vacation. We did receive this Postcard from Radiator Springs and thought we would share it with you. Hi, to all my All Ears friends and family! I am having a wonderful time out here in...

Star Tours Queue Tower in Disney's Hollywood Studios

Mon Calamari officers overlook the Star Tours queue from a control tower..Nikon D700/Tokna 11-16m, 2s, f/8, ISO 800, EV 0, 16mm focal length, tripod. Mon Calamari officers overlook the Star Tours queue in Disney's Hollywood Studios from a control...

Progressing through the Walt Disney World Resorts

I post a lot of photos of the parks at Walt Disney World. This week I want to share a few from the wonderful resorts. Value resorts are how I could afford trips when I first discovered the convenience...

Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World

Returning to Epcot for another tip on photographing in busy tourist attractions using Walt Disney World examples. This one can be tough if you are traveling with children but not impossible. Even as busy as a Disney themepark can...

Photographing at Night in Walt Disney World

I recently read an article about photography tips for busy tourist attractions. I think Walt Disney World qualifies as such a place. The first tip was to get up early to avoid the crowds. I have to agree this...

Star Tours Queue in Disney's Hollywood Studios

My favorite park is Disney's Hollywood Studios which brings the movies I have enjoyed to life. Star Wars, one of my favorites, was brought to life as an intergalactic travel agency called Star Tours. The queue to your StarSpeeder...

LIberty Bell at Night in the Magic Kingdom

A replica of the famous Liberty Bell was specially cast from the original mold for Walt Disney World and placed in Liberty Square in 1989. Surrounding the Liberty Bell are the flags of the original thirteen colonies. For more...

Disney Pic of the Week: Illuminations

The current Illuminations fireworks show, Reflections of Earth, is a fabulous show right in the heart of Epcot's World Showcase Lagoon. I believe it it the closest guests get to a Disney fireworks show at Walt Disney World. I...

Wishes Christmas Card from the Magic Kingdom

Wishes Christmas Card from the Magic Kingdom. A scanned image of my family's Christmas card for this year. My friend and Disney contract photographer, Bob Desmond, who was kind enough to take on the challenge when I first proposed...

Illuminations from Showcase Plaza

As you walk from Future World to World Showcase in Epcot along the central promenade, there is an open area between the two stores called the Showcase Plaza. The plaza angles downward to the edge of the World Showcase...

A Disney Photographer's Christmas List

Can you believe it will be Thanksgiving next week here in the United States? Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Parties have started and the Dream Lights are back on Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World. The calendar is giving us...

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror in HDR

For those of you who have attended a special event at Disney's Hollywood Studios like Star Wars Weekend or maybe an ESPN Weekend, you know about the area past Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and to the side of the...

Tower of Terror 10 Miler at Disney's Hollywood Studios

I attended the inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler and Disney Villains Hollywood Bash last weekend. The weather was not the best for running with temperatures in the mid-70's F and very high humidity even though the...

La Fountaine de Cindrillon - Magic Kingdom

La Fountaine de Cindrillon or Cinderella Fountain is found behind Cinderella Castle near the path to Libery Square. I have taken many photos of this fountain and never noticed the plaque inbedded in the wall behind it. I saw...

Disney Dream Atrium

When guests board the Disney Dream at the Port Canaveral terminal, they are loudly heralded by a Disney Cruise Cast Member as they walk into the Atrium on Deck 3. The Atrium is three decks high and features the...

Tiki Gods in the Magic Kingdom

A few weeks ago I reviewed the ebook, 10 Must Take Photos for the Magic Kingdom. At the time I mentioned I would be using the book on my next trip. The one photo which intrigued me the most...

San Angel Inn in Mexico

San Angel Inn restaurant inside Mexico.Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 25s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 11mm focal length, tripod. The San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion always looks so inviting. Nice rich colors and an awesome atmosphere which...

Disney Pic of the Week: American Adventure

As an American, it is hard not to feel a huge sense of pride when visiting the American Adventure pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase. The Disney Imagineers did a monumental job in fitting together the history and elements of...

Illuminations over Imagination in Epcot

I follow many photographers who enjoy perfecting their craft in Disney parks all over the world. These men and women come up with many photo ideas I often make note of these photos to try an attempt myself. These...

Lighting up a Monorail in Epcot

I have seen other photographers sharing photos of Walt Disney World Monorails at night in Epcot using a single flash unit to illuminate the moving vehicle. Without a flash, one could only get a blurred monorail late at night....

Disney Pic of the Week - Germany

Germany in Epcot's World Showcase is a feast for the eyes and the stomach. Here you can eat and drink as every day is Oktoberfest in the Biergarten restaurant. Beer steins, wine, cuckoo clocks, dolls, pottery and hand-painted eggs...

The Magic, The Memories and You Castle Gift

Holiday projection during the "The Magic, The Memories, and You!" show.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 42mm focal length, tripod. This being the first year of the The Magic, The Memories, and You! castle projection show, Disney...

Bad Fireworks Turned Psychedelic

Coming up on the end of a long day in the Magic Kingdom, I knew Wishes was about to begin. With me was a tiny lightweight tripod with bendable legs designed for holding small point and shoot cameras. The...

Image Stabilization and Tripods Don't Mix

Stabilized camera and lens technology over the last few years have made taking low light photos easier to do. I have talked about the various lens manufacturers stabilization technologies before. The one thing you do have to be careful...

Photographing the Main Street Electrical Parade

Main Street Electrical Parade title float with Mickey Mouse.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/30s, f/3.5, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length, rear-sync flash The last time I had an opportunity to photograph the Main Street Electrical parade (MSEP, for short) in...

Photographing Fireworks - Part 2

Last week I talked about how I photograph fireworks at Walt Disney World. This week I will use the same technique of a tripod, cable shutter release and setting the shutter speed to Bulb in Manual exposure mode. This...

Photographing Fireworks - Part 1

Before I left for Walt Disney World a couple of weeks ago, I asked if there was anything you would like me to cover. I got an inquiry about how to photograph the firework shows at the Magic Kingdom....

Night Hat

A night photograph of the Sorcerer's Hat.Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 8s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 16mm focal length, tripod Many photographers who love to photograph at Walt Disney World have a love-hate relationship with the Sorcerer's Hat at Disney's...

Reflective Disney

Reflections at Walt Disney World can be found in mirrors, windows, metal surfaces and in the rivers, lakes, fountains with still water. When using a reflective surface make sure you are not in the photo (unless your intention is...

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part I

You wake up in your room at Walt Disney World and look outside and see dark gray sky and rain falling. This can be a bit disheartening especially if you were planning on doing a lot of outdoor photography...

Vocab Remix

Wiki, wiki. :slides hand forward and back pretending to scratch vinyl: Wiki, wiki. All you cool kats are in for some fun. I'm throwing down some old school verbage (aka reminding you by reposting 3 previous entries) to increase...

Japan Lantern

Disney is known for it's attention to detail. After watching Illuminations on my last trip, I stayed to photograph around some of the pavilions of World Showcase. In Japan, this lighted paper lantern hanging from a tree in front...

Spring Waterfalls

It is Spring. Both on the calendar and in the air where I live in upstate New York. Most of the United States has had serious bouts with Spring fever. Spring is also the time of rain and melting...

My Flickr Project Part III

Hope you have enjoyed this series on how I used flickr, the popular Internet photo sharing community website, to improve my Disney photography. This is the last one for now. I am sure I will re-visit this concept in...

My flickr Project Part I

I had read a few articles on how flickr, the popular Internet photo sharing community website, was being used by people to become better photographers. Besides the obvious inspirational elements of seeing great photos, I wondered if I could go...

Illuminating the Yeti Shrine

After I found out I was going to be attending Extra Magic Hours at night in Disney's Animal Kingdom. I had this photo idea in my head. The Yeti Shrine at night with Expedition Everest beautifully lighted in the...

Kiosque à Journaux

Kiosque à journaux (news kiosk) in the France pavilion.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 20s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.7, 24mm Focal Length, Tripod Kiosque à journaux or news kiosk are found throughout Paris. It's a great detail the Disney Imagineers caught and...

Italy at Night

Epcot's Italy pavilion at night.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 13s, f/16, 200 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm focal length, tripod This Disney Pic of the Week on Italy lets me show you another photo from the night I toured World Showcase with a...

3rd Annual dSLR Christmas Gift Giving Guide

What a difference three years make when I put out my first Christmas buying guide on the Picture This! Photoblog. Used to be Black Friday (the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States), was the only time you could...

Refections of China

China's Temple of Heaven and reflection.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1s, f/16, 200 ISO, +0 EV, 18mm Focal Length Epcot's China pavilion features it's own Temple of Heaven complex with the three-tiered, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a one-half...

Make a Travel Poster

I enjoy not only taking photographs but sharing them through the various mediums which are now available to us via the Internet. From blogs, online galleries, photo essays, slideshows and, in the home, with hanging prints and even on...

Capturing an Empty Disney Park

Walt Disney World hosts millions of visitors each year. There are always people about even during a slow period. Yet, you can take photographs without people in them. One way is to get low and shoot at an angle...

Cameras Up!

Cameras Up! AllEars.Net 2008 Photowalk Group Photo.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/125s, f/10, 200 ISO, -0.6 EV, 18mm Focal Length, Tripod, Flash Used For my Disney Pic of the Week on Groups, I present to you the group photo from the AllEars.Net...

Tripod vs. Hand Held Comparison

In my recent article on Using a Tripod at Walt Disney World, I talked about the advantages of using a tripod over trying to hand hold a camera when light levels are low like at night. This week I...

Using a Tripod at WDW

Hollywood Studios Entrance.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 30s, f/16, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, 170mm Focal length, Tripod I have never carried a tripod into a Walt Disney World park until my last trip. I thought it would be too much trouble and...

Photography Vocabulary 102

There are accessories that help to complete a photographer's outfit and by outfit, I mean gear, and by gear I mean equipment. Get your wallets out because you'll want to go shopping after you finish reading this. Filters -...

Get Yourself in those Disney Vacation Photos!

If you are the photographer of your family, chances are you are not in very many photos for holidays, vacatons, birthdays or other occassions. I would guess I'm in less than 100 photos of the thousands of photos I...

M is for Manual Control

Don't get nervous. Manual mode is NOT a mythical mode only for the professional photographer. Manual mode lets you have more control over exposure using your ability to change aperture, shutter speed, and ISO to create a good photograph....

Photographic Innoventions: Disneyana Photography

Let's talk about how to use your digital camera to easily and inexpensively take photographs of your valuable Disney collections and memorabilia which has been coined Disneyana. Here's the items we'll need this week: a digital camera of any kind,...

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