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August 8, 2014

Great Photography with Mr. Lincoln at Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

One of the highlights of my visit to Disneyland in Anaheim, California last year was attending the Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln show. A few years ago, the audio-animatronic figure of the 16th President of the United States went through a re-imagineering. In a word, it was impressive. The show borrows elements from Walt Disney World attractions: the Magic Kingdom's Hall of Presidents and Epcot's American Adventure. The Lincoln audio-animatronic moves smoothly and the facial expressions are life like.

The lighting is very moody with bright highlights and deep shadows. Like when photographing any Disney show, use spot metering on the brightest portion of the actor or, in this case, the audio-animatronic. You want to wait for the figure to stop so as to get the sharpest image possible. Even at 1/200th of a second, the image below would have been blurred if the arm or head was moving. I did open up the shadows under the eyes.

Close up of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
Close up of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 190mm focal length.

Once you have your exposure locked in, you can zoom in and out and compose your photos many ways. The stage lighting will fall where it will which is how you see it in the theater.

Full length view of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland, Anaheim, California.
Full length view of the audio-animatronic in Great Moments with Mr. Linoln in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 70mm focal length.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln is an uplifting show about a dark time in the history of the United States of America.

December 31, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: 2013 Review

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Another year is about to close. At this time, Lisa and I would like to share with you our highlights from this year's Disney vacations. Today, I am going to share with you two photographs from my trip to Disney's California Adventure and Disneyland. I will share my Walt Disney World ones on Friday.

Many people told me Carsland would blow me away and they were right. It was like being on the movie set during the day. When night came, Radiator Springs' neon lights transported me from the movie set into the actual movie. If the Cozy Cone had rooms instead of a series of snack cones, I would have wanted to stay in one.

Cozy Cone Motel neon sign at Carsland in California Adventure, Anaheim, California
Neon Sign for the Cozy Cone Motel.
Nikon D7100/Tokina 11-16mm, 2s, f/16, ISO 100, EV 0, 14mm focal length, tripod.

Disneyland was nostalgic for me. Many of the attractions I remember seeing on TV with Walt Disney introducing them and explaining how he expected me..I mean, Disneyland guests to experience them. Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln was one such attraction and is located on Main Street USA. The show is amazing in its details of how the 16th President of the United States looked, moved and sounded.

Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Great Moments with Mr. Lincoln on Main Street USA.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/5, ISO 6400, EV 0, 36mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her Disney Pic of the Week with her 2013 Review containing highlights and maybe even some lowlights, too.

November 1, 2013

Halloween at Disneyland

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Partners Statue decorated for Halloween in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Partners Statue decorated for Halloween in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0.

Disneyland for Halloween was just as much fun as its Florida counterpart. Decorations were found up and down Main Street USA and throughout the Lands. Even the Partners Statue in the Hub area in front of Show White's Castle was in the Halloween spirit with pumpkins and autumn flowers surrounding the base of the statue.

Over in Frontierland, Mexico's Day of the Dead is honored with colorful decorations, skeletons and a plaque explaining the holiday to those unfamiliar with it.

Day of the Dead decoration in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Day of the Dead decoration in Disneyland.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

Then there is the Haunted Manison which for the last 13 years has gotten transformed into the Haunted Mansion Holiday featuring characters from the movie, The Nightmare Before Christmas. Guests get an idea of the changes as they enter through the Haunted Mansion's gate.

Haunted Mansion Holiday gate in Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Guests entering the Haunted Mansion Holiday.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 16mm focal length.

I do not want to spoil anyone's experience inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday but you will see transformations and additions to the classic attraction. Like these singing pumpkins which might remind you of some Grim, Grinning Ghosts.

Grim, Grinning Pumpkins inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday at Disneyland, Anaheim, California
Grim, Grinning Pumpkins perform inside the Haunted Mansion Holiday.

I loved Disney's way of celebrating Halloween at Disneyland.

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