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Old 07-13-2007, 08:40 PM   #91
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I was so going to ask the same thing!!!! Those are great shots!!!! I love your review so far!!!! (ps, any hints on what you did to make your photos look so good??)
Thank you.

I shoot all my photographs in RAW format and then process them in Adobe Lightroom. This allows me to make adjustments in brightness and white balance. The best tip I can give is adjust the levels of a photograph in Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. This will brighten underexposed (dark) photos or darken overexposed (blown out) photos.
Example:
Not the best photo, but it was all I could find!

Mary wearing a Mummy hat


With a very simple level adjustment:


Honestly I'm not very good at giving advice, but I sure am good at asking for it. The Photography board here is a fantastic resource!


Now on to the night photos-
the Fantasmic shots I posted were all shot using Shutter Priority. that means I choose the shutter speed and the camera chose the a aperture. I typically used between 1/30- 1/60 shutter speed. The camera automatically choose the widest(smallest number) 2.8 available for the lens I was using.

Honestly it is trial and error. You just have to shoot a bunch and know that if you get a handful of keepers you are lucky. Most importantly you must use a tripod!
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:03 PM   #92
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Le Cellier

Le Cellier was a restaurant that I was not at all worried about. I knew that it might not live up to the hype, but it would still be good.

I told my family that this was the hardest restaurant to get into right after The Castle for breakfast. I'm not sure if that's true, but they were impressed with my reservation making ability nonetheless.

It was hard to get a reservation though. The only reservations they had for six people was 4:20 or 8:50. This was when I was making my reservations about 183 days before our arrival. This was going to be an early night for us and we don't like to eat that late anyway, so I took the 4:20. I called back a few times over the next few months but they never had anything later than 4:20.



We arrive at 4:00 for our 4:20 reservations. We were told we would not be seated until at least our reservation time, but we’re seated after five minutes.

Drinks!
Chocolate shake for Mary

Glow-Tini for Lynn



Appetizers
Lynn- Seared Rare Tuna - Served with watercress salad, house-made cracker, and wasabi foam. She really liked this, the cracker and foam were really good as was the tuna


Dad- Beef and Barley Soup - Rich beef broth and fresh veggies. He thought this was really good. He like that there was a lot of good beef and not to much barley.


Mike & Myself- Canadian Cheddar Cheese Soup - Made with Moosehead Beer and smoked bacon. Oh the hype of this soup. It was one of those things I had heard to much about that I was scared it couldn’t live up to the hype. My brother was excited because of all the good reviews about too. (He likes food porn too! )Thankfully it was good. It was creamy and cheesy and tasted to good with the pretzel bread.


Mary ordered shrimp

This shrimp was very good with a generous amount of shrimp. My mom & Lynn both really liked the salad that was under the shrimp.


My mom had Mixed Field Greens - Served with crumbled bleu cheese and pecan shallot vinaigrette. She said it was good, but not as good as the similar salad at Mama Melrose the night before


The bread sticks were so good. We loved everyone of them and our server even offered to bring us a second serving (of course we took her up on it)


Entrée
Me, mom, Mary- 7 oz Filet Mignon - Glazed with maple BBQ sauce and accompanied by cream cheese mashed potatoes. Mary & I got it with out the BBQ. My mom was surprised at how much she like a BBQ sauce on her steak. I ordered it medium-rare and it came out pink, just how I wanted it. The cream cheese mashed potatoes were delicious. I was to full to finish all of them but I wanted to.



Mike- 14 oz New York Strip Steak - Served with balsamic red onions, watercress, and roasted Yukon potatoes finished with veal demi-glace He said the steak was “worth every penny”


Dad- Herb Crusted Prime Rib - Served with Roasted Yukon potatoes, finished with veal demi-glace. As usually his comment on this food was “good”


Lynn- Le Cellier Mushroom Filet Mignon - Baby portobella wild mushroom risotto with white truffle and herb butter sauce topped with fried parsnips. She loved every part of it. She said it was “really really good”


Dessert
Me- Creme Brulee Sampler - Maple creme brulee with carmelized sugar, and Cinnamon whipped cream vanilla creme brulee with carmelized sugar and Vanilla whipped cream. The vanilla was very good, the Maple was good, but much to sweet and I was only able to eat two or three bites.
I didn't take a photo of this

Mary –Campfire S’mores- it was good, but she said it was really frozen so it was hard to eat


Dad- chocolate chocolate cake not surpiingly his comment about the cake was “good”



Mom, Lynn, & Mike all had the Chocolate “Moose” What a hit! My mom thought it was both “cool looking and tasty” and it was her favorite dessert of the trip. When asked later that night how she felt about it Lynn responded “I want more right now” and Mike said it was “quite tasty”



Overall Le Cellier was a fantastic meal. Our server Sarah was great. The food was great the service was great. The atmosphere was nice. We loved everything about this restaurant and would definitely go back.

Food: A+
Service: A+
Atmosphere: A

It was a fantastic value on the DDP. The cost for our food with out the plan including tax & tip would have been $300


When we came out of Le Cellier it was drizzling.



By the time we got back to Future World it was a downpour!



Up next, the food court for lunch at Caribbean Beach and Raglan Road for dinner.
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Old 07-13-2007, 09:58 PM   #93
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Great trip report!!! cant wait to hear more
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Old 07-14-2007, 06:38 AM   #94
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Im so glad you enjoyed LeCellier, it is one of our favorites.
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:11 AM   #95
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We are going to Le Cellier in November also. I still can't decide which steak or which dessert or which appie!!! Everything looks so wonderful!
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Old 07-14-2007, 07:50 AM   #96
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Ohh...your reviews and pictures are amazing! I can't wait to read (and see) more...lol....
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Old 07-14-2007, 09:27 AM   #97
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Will you be doing a trip report as well? Please do! I really am enjoying your reviews!
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:22 AM   #98
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I know many have said it but FABULOUS PICTURES!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:42 AM   #99
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I'm so pleased you loved LC as I too was worried it wouldn't live up to all the hype
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Old 07-14-2007, 10:58 AM   #100
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Terrific report. Glad too that Le Cellier lived up to the expectations.

I am highly considering canceling Mama Melrose. The F! seating doesn't seem great but not having to get there super early is a plus. I am worried about the service mostly. I can always send back bad food but I can't send back poor service.
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:27 PM   #101
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LOVING your reviews! Your pictures are just wonderful and your way of writing is, too! Great job!

I also was wondering about Le Cellier living up to the hype, and I'm so glad it did. We're dining there on January 4th! We ate at Mama Melrose last October and weren't really thrilled with it, but it was OK and we ARE giving it another chance next time as we're doing the Fantasmic package which we've never done before.

Your reviews are SO helpful. Can't wait to see more!
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Old 07-14-2007, 12:39 PM   #102
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Wonderfuls pics and reviews!

We're trying some of the same places on our first trip with the DDP, so I'm drooling right now thinking of all this great food!
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Loving your food report and drooling over your pictures. I have the same camera but have never gotten such beautiful shots with it of anything close up like your food. Can I ask what settings you are using for the food? And I assume you are not using a flash, is that right?
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I LOVE your pictures of EPCOT in the rain. Those pictures really brought me there! It seems that when we are in WDW, we always get rain in EPCOT! Great pics and reviews!
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