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Old 12-04-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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Photo Trip report: Day's 1-7 Completed! (finally) 1/10

Ok, I've finally started converting JPEGs and downloading to photobucket. I have a bunch that need some white balance changes and I just starting trying out Nikon Capture NX and haven't quite figured out all the the bells and whistles yet.

Day 1 was the most tragic day, though I didn't know it till Day 5. Like I had mentioned in previous post, my camera fell about 2 feet or so right on the edge of the lens. Initial inspection showed damage to the lens hood (which was on backwards, if it had been on as it was intended, it probably would have been smashed, but would have saved the lens, oh well, live and learn). Camera turned on, lens came off and went back on, took a test shot and it seemed fine. Only other stressful part of the day was the drive into Boston. It was rainy and just after the start of rush hour. Going into Boston from the North really s-u-c-k-s!!!!!! Luckily there were no accidents, but it was moving real slow, slower than normal. Though once we hit the HOV lane it was smooth sailing and that made me feel better.

After checking in at the hotel we wandered around the grounds a bit. We let the kids play in the playground, checked out the gift shop. Went back to the room and gave DS a little present he's wanted for a long time. A BLUE lightsaber! Talk about being excited. We had dinner reservations at Boatwrights at 6:30. I thought that would be an easy one. No sence in going out to a park with the kids after a long day. The food was very good. DW, Dfil, and I each had prime rib, Dbil had jumbalia (sp?) and Dsis had some sort of vegi thingy. Kids has pizza and were happy.

Got the kids to bed. DW and her dad were tired so they stayed behind with the kids while I headed to MK with Dsis and Dbil. That was a great night. Also one of the few nights I brought a tripod with me. We rode PotC, HM, SM, BtMR and Buzz (twice, once with Andy).

I've read it here a few times. You can see pictures of the castle lit up and it looks awesome. However, when you see it in person. WOW! Pictures certainly do not do it justice. It is certainly a sight to see. I'm glad I was able to see it a number of different times.

Here are some pictures from the days events:

DD enjoying her flight:


Meetinp with Dsis (her and Dbil came in from Jersey)


POR lobby tree:


I love these little plastic type looking statues of the characters they have all over the world: These are in the POR gift shop:


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Old 12-04-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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Here are a few more from Day 1. Didn't want to overload 1 post with a ton of pics:

DS with his new light saber:


DD absolutly LOVED walking back with Uncle and Papa. She kept grabbing their hands and asking for more and laughing hysterically:



My first view of the trip of Main St and the Castle:






This was with the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 on the Buzz ride:


Also with the Sigma 30. Space Mountains gift shop ceiling.


More Sigma 30 shots:




Haunted Mansion:


They do shut down the lights for the Good Night Kiss (I believe that is what it is called, I saw this a few times)


That'll do for tonight. Time for bed. Tomorrow I'll process Day 2 and hopefully day 3 pics.
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Old 12-04-2007, 08:49 PM   #3
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Hmmmm.. liking that 30....
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Old 12-04-2007, 09:16 PM   #4
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Hmmmm.. liking that 30....
Yeah...what he/she said!!! Of course I'm sure it is your photography skills that are making it look so good!

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Old 12-04-2007, 09:38 PM   #5
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Wow, some great photos! Post more.

What it looks like I *really* missed was running into all the Disboard people that were there. We looked for anyone who was obviously carrying way too much camera gear (besides ourselves) but never saw anyone who looked like they just belonged in this group.

Maybe next year...
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:56 AM   #6
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Great shots and report - looking forward to more.
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:08 AM   #7
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really like the one of your daughter and the men, talk about pure joy on her face! nice job
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Old 12-05-2007, 08:21 AM   #8
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Great pictures! The ice castle is so beautiful, I can't imagine it being even more breathtaking in person. Keep the photos coming!
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Wonderful photos! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 12-05-2007, 09:10 AM   #10
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The Buzz Lightyear and Haunted Mansion shots were awesome! Can't wait to see the rest of your photos.
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:47 AM   #11
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Very nice shots.
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Old 12-05-2007, 02:56 PM   #12
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Wow! Incredible Buzz shot! Glad your lens remained usable.
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Ok, now on to Day 2. The Magic Kingdom. This day was more so for the kids. Just after we walked into the park oldest DS made his first visit to a character, willingly! In the past he only liked the character meals and avoided ANY character in the parks at all costs. When we got it I saw Pinocchio. Since I hadn't gotten a pic with him yet I stood in the short line. Everyone else made their way up to the Buzz ride. A few minutes later just as I'm about to go have my picture taken, my Dsis comes running up with DS and his autograph book. AH HA! The magic touch. Get book to have character sign and child will approach a character. That worked out nice, except after Pinocchio signed it, DS took off. Didn't want to take a pic. Oh well. After that I found a few other characters then we made our way to Buzz. I took a pics along the way up Main St. After Buzz we headed to Indy Car Speedway then to ToonTown with the kids. My Sis, her hubby and my FIL took the train back to Main St. The kids had a blast in Toontown. Especially over at Donalds boat with the water squirting up. We also toured Mickey & Minnie's Houses. They had some holiday decor on the outside. After wards we were able to catch the Mickey Show on the Castle stage, but then it rained a bit. Apparently it was drizzling JUST hard enough to cut the show short. Afterwards we wandered around Adventureland for a bit, then headed over to the Contemporary for dinner reservations at Chef Mickey's. The kids had a blast. DD could not get enough of the characters and kept asking them to come over. Youngest DS picked up on the festivities and by the end of the night was walking around waving his napkin around with the characters. Not to much after this. We walked back to MK to get the bus home to POR. No other parks that night. Got the kids back somewhat early for bed (maybe 930ish???!?)

OK Photobucket is being a pain and so is my computer (I so can not wait to get new one in a few months!, but thats another story):

Here is what I have so far for Day 2. I'll add more as I get them:

Main St (actually, just off Main St)


Didn't have great lighting, but its still pretty nice:


Some Magic Kingdom Holiday Decor:






Oldest DS with Push The Talking Trash Can:


Youngest DS thinking that his new Buzz Lightyear blaster is a camera. He kept putting it up to his face and saying "CHEEEEESEE":
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Great shots! I can't wait to see/read more. Your kids are adorable too.
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Nice photos, Kyle! I got the same shot of the "Mickey" greenery on the light post and the bears under the MK tree. Your Buzz pic is great! I would have done better trying to take pix on that ride instead of trying to shoot. I got one with a bad gun, only scored 14,000 points and that's only from the 100 points you get just from holding down the button all the time. Oh well; MIB at "the other park" is still my favorite of all time.
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