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Old 10-05-2009, 06:50 PM   #61
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Nice pix DSF of DLR and your TR. - Seacrest
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Thank you so much! I appreciate your input. I have lots more coming up. I had to help my DH work on my car so no update today, but soon...
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:15 PM   #63
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You are welcome!

We go to DL almost every weekend, so I take a lot of pictures too and some video too. I usually post them over here since I hang out here everyday:

http://www.disboards.com/showthread....296992&page=11

My DL videos: www.youtube.com/tommyflix

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Your pics are amazing! I think I frame pics well, and I find interesting and different angles, but my camera is pretty awful There ya go, I can blame my lousy pics on my equipment

What starting camera would you recommend -- not too complicated, hopefully not too expensive? I like getting action shots of shows and parades, and I'd love to take better nighttime shots. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:50 PM   #65
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Your pics are amazing! I think I frame pics well, and I find interesting and different angles, but my camera is pretty awful There ya go, I can blame my lousy pics on my equipment

What starting camera would you recommend -- not too complicated, hopefully not too expensive? I like getting action shots of shows and parades, and I'd love to take better nighttime shots. Any suggestions?
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:12 AM   #66
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We go to DL almost every weekend, so I take a lot of pictures too and some video too. I usually post them over here since I hang out here everyday:
Looking forward to your next group of pictures.
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Nice photos! Wow you are so lucky to be able to go every weekend! I wish I lived closer to DL; I would so be there every weekend myself. I have an AP and I don't live anywhere near DL!
Are you posting your photos on the main DIS Community board? We have a DL photo of the day on the DL Community board. You should come on over and post some of your photos there too.
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Old 10-07-2009, 07:41 AM   #67
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Your pics are amazing! I think I frame pics well, and I find interesting and different angles, but my camera is pretty awful There ya go, I can blame my lousy pics on my equipment
What starting camera would you recommend -- not too complicated, hopefully not too expensive? I like getting action shots of shows and parades, and I'd love to take better nighttime shots. Any suggestions?
Thank you so much for your compliment! I appreciate it!
Your best bet for having flexibility to get the kind of shots you want would be to invest in a DSLR and some fast lenses like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens or the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lenses. If the f/1.4 or f/2.8 mean nothing to you, you should hang out on the photo boards and check out some of the threads there.
I highly recommend the books Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson and The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby for people who need to learn about Exposure (Peterson's book) and for people who just want a quick 'recipe' book on how to get what you want (Kelby's). Beyond that you'd have to practice, practice, practice.
I use a Nikon D90 DSLR and I love it. There are many different types on the market and each one has positive and negative attributes. Many people say to go to a store and hold them to see which is more comfortable for you. If you go to a store like Best Buy, keep in mind their people who work there know next to nothing about cameras and especially DSLRs. Hang out on the photo boards to get the inside scoop on what works for people and ask questions. If you find one that feels comfortable for you, keep in mind that you are investing in a system that involves lens selection, pricing, etc. Some bodies like the Sony DSLRs have In Body stabalization and some like Canon and Nikon have it in the lenses. Everything is Ala Carte for DSLRs, except for the kits that are sold w/ body + kit lenses. The newest DSLRs have the ability to use higher ISOs to enable faster shutter speed and that's what you need to capture action shots and handheld night time shots. If you want to capture long exposure night shots, you will need a tripod to avoid motion blur. I recommend the Nikon D90 and the kit lens as a great starter DSLR. The D40 and D60 as well as the new D5000 and D3000 (IIRC) do not allow auto focus with older Nikon fast lenses like the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens that I have. The D90 does, and also allows higher usable ISOs than can be achieved by the D40 and D60. I believe the D5000 and D3000 have the same sensor as the D90, so the usable ISO should be the same. The D90 +kit lens should be dropping in price since they just came out with the D5000, D3000, and D300s. If you want cheaper, the D5000 or 3000 would probably be the way to go. Just know that you can't Auto focus older lenses on these bodies. I believe you can use the Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens and it will AF on those bodies if you would want a fast lens, but you should double check on that as I am not an expert.
Aside from all that above, for a much cheaper option and ability to do many similar things except maybe low light ride shots, your best bet would be to get a Bridge camera like the Canon S5 or newer. I believe they have a newer series of bridge cameras that just came out recently, the SX series. Not sure of the number;I think it may be 1 i.e. SX1. Otherwise, another excellent, highly recommended camera would be the Canon G9, G10 or the new G11 (which is supposed to be coming out soon if not already). These cameras have more manual controls than a typical P&S that would enable you to have more options and learn about exposure. Also, the G series can shoot RAW which gives better editing options than just JPEG. If you get into it enough, you can always upgrade later to a DSLR. Sorry for the novel. Trying to cram as much info in there as possible. LMK if you have any questions.
HTH!
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Hey Seacrestpromo, I just had a chance to check out your videos (instead of finishing my next installment I was watching your videos!). Anyway, I was wondering what kind of camcorder you are using. The video was very nice. Do you have to do any kind of encoding, etc? Is it AVCHD or HDV?
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Thank you so much for your compliment! I appreciate it!
Your best bet for having flexibility to get the kind of shots you want would be to invest in a DSLR and some fast lenses like the Sigma 30mm f/1.4 lens or the Sigma 18-50mm f/2.8 lenses. If the f/1.4 or f/2.8 mean nothing to you, you should hang out on the photo boards and check out some of the threads there.
I highly recommend the books Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson and The Digital Photography Book by Scott Kelby for people who need to learn about Exposure (Peterson's book) and for people who just want a quick 'recipe' book on how to get what you want (Kelby's). Beyond that you'd have to practice, practice, practice.
I use a Nikon D90 DSLR and I love it. There are many different types on the market and each one has positive and negative attributes. Many people say to go to a store and hold them to see which is more comfortable for you. If you go to a store like Best Buy, keep in mind their people who work there know next to nothing about cameras and especially DSLRs. Hang out on the photo boards to get the inside scoop on what works for people and ask questions. If you find one that feels comfortable for you, keep in mind that you are investing in a system that involves lens selection, pricing, etc. Some bodies like the Sony DSLRs have In Body stabalization and some like Canon and Nikon have it in the lenses. Everything is Ala Carte for DSLRs, except for the kits that are sold w/ body + kit lenses. The newest DSLRs have the ability to use higher ISOs to enable faster shutter speed and that's what you need to capture action shots and handheld night time shots. If you want to capture long exposure night shots, you will need a tripod to avoid motion blur. I recommend the Nikon D90 and the kit lens as a great starter DSLR. The D40 and D60 as well as the new D5000 and D3000 (IIRC) do not allow auto focus with older Nikon fast lenses like the Nikon 50mm 1.8 lens that I have. The D90 does, and also allows higher usable ISOs than can be achieved by the D40 and D60. I believe the D5000 and D3000 have the same sensor as the D90, so the usable ISO should be the same. The D90 +kit lens should be dropping in price since they just came out with the D5000, D3000, and D300s. If you want cheaper, the D5000 or 3000 would probably be the way to go. Just know that you can't Auto focus older lenses on these bodies. I believe you can use the Sigma 30mm 1.4 lens and it will AF on those bodies if you would want a fast lens, but you should double check on that as I am not an expert.
Aside from all that above, for a much cheaper option and ability to do many similar things except maybe low light ride shots, your best bet would be to get a Bridge camera like the Canon S5 or newer. I believe they have a newer series of bridge cameras that just came out recently, the SX series. Not sure of the number;I think it may be 1 i.e. SX1. Otherwise, another excellent, highly recommended camera would be the Canon G9, G10 or the new G11 (which is supposed to be coming out soon if not already). These cameras have more manual controls than a typical P&S that would enable you to have more options and learn about exposure. Also, the G series can shoot RAW which gives better editing options than just JPEG. If you get into it enough, you can always upgrade later to a DSLR. Sorry for the novel. Trying to cram as much info in there as possible. LMK if you have any questions.
HTH!
ok...gotta tell you...about half of that was Greek to me...like when my husband's eyes glaze over when he starts talking about 4 gigs of RAM and 64 bit motherboards and the latest NVIDIA video card. But I'm also intrigued!!! I've considered marketing some articles to travel mags, and having the perfect pics to send along with the text can be a great way to get noticed by an editor.

I am going to start lurking on the photography board...I hope this new passion doesn't become too expensive... I'm sure I'll think up lots of questions for you! I might get a tripod, but can't really see myself taking it into the parks unless I was trying to get a specific shot -- or if I was planning to shoot fireworks, or Fantasmic. I'm going to start looking at the Canon S5 or the G series, like you suggested.

Thanks for the info!
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DSF - Well, I do own a MiniDV camcorder by Sony. I forget the model number - have to tell you later. But I use it rarely. LOL!

Virtually all the videos on the YT site were shot with my point and shoot, Canon SD 550 up to Feb 2009, then the rest were shot with the Canon SD 890. 640x480 LOL. I think there might be 3 videos that were shot with the Sony.

I am very lazy with my editing - I have been fooling around with Proshow Gold, a slideshow program that has some video editing features, which is very easy to use and can get the job done in less than 10 minutes. Some times I use Windows Movie Maker, and I do own a copy of Pinnacle 10, but I haven't used more than once or twice. I usually output to MP4 or MP2 to keep the file sizes manageable. If I output higher, HD, the file sizes grow up to 150-250 megs.

Check out the new Halloween Screams fireworks show that I shot 2 weeks ago with my p&s: http://www.viddler.com/explore/tommyflix/videos/7/

Although the equipment might not be the best, it is very satisfying to actually do something with all this video I have sitting on my hard drive and have an outlet to share with it others.

Sea

BTW, my next camera purchase is going to be the D90 - my dad and uncle love their cameras. Good advice, BTW, I usually buy my cameras at Samy's because you have people there who are knowledgeable and can guide you in your purchase unlike the big box stores.


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Wow, This is the BEST travel report I've ever seen!

I love it!. I feel like I've spent the day with you at Disneyland and really enjoyed my favorite rides and shows.

All your Photo's come out better than mine!
I really think I'll have to look at upgrading my Camera.

I live in Australia, but I still like to try and visit Disneyland each year or two. Because the journey is so long, I always stay for a long time, 2 to 3 weeks at Disneyland and try to photograph everything so I can revisit my photo's.


You said

"Can you tell that I just love this ride? I didn’t even come close to putting in all of the photos I took, there are just too many! Love it! The WDW version just cannot compare to this version, sorry WDW lovers, but it’s true..."

Yes, I love the ride also, Please post the photo's of the rest of the ride.
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DSF - Well, I do own a MiniDV camcorder by Sony. I forget the model number - have to tell you later. But I use it rarely. LOL!

Virtually all the videos on the YT site were shot with my point and shoot, Canon SD 550 up to Feb 2009, then the rest were shot with the Canon SD 890. 640x480 LOL. I think there might be 3 videos that were shot with the Sony.

I am very lazy with my editing - I have been fooling around with Proshow Gold, a slideshow program that has some video editing features, which is very easy to use and can get the job done in less than 10 minutes. Some times I use Windows Movie Maker, and I do own a copy of Pinnacle 10, but I haven't used more than once or twice. I usually output to MP4 or MP2 to keep the file sizes manageable. If I output higher, HD, the file sizes grow up to 150-250 megs.

Check out the new Halloween Screams fireworks show that I shot 2 weeks ago with my p&s: http://www.viddler.com/explore/tommyflix/videos/7/

Although the equipment might not be the best, it is very satisfying to actually do something with all this video I have sitting on my hard drive and have an outlet to share with it others.

Sea

BTW, my next camera purchase is going to be the D90 - my dad and uncle love their cameras. Good advice, BTW, I usually buy my cameras at Samy's because you have people there who are knowledgeable and can guide you in your purchase unlike the big box stores.
Whoa Seacrest, that was an awesome video! At 14+ minutes how did you manage to keep it under 500MB? I've never seen that site before but I like that it doesn't limit you on time like YouTube does. I guess the trade off is the limit of 500mb. Does it automatically compress the file to keep it under 500mbs?
I recently took some video with my Panasonic TS1 which is AVCHD lite video. Each file is still over 1GB so I am having a tough time figuring out how to upload it and where to upload it too without having to do too much editing. It's kind of a PITA, but it took pretty impressive video for a P&S, much like yours. The only downside to video from the p&S is that when there is bright light, you can see the straight line going up and down vertically through the video. Other than that, it's pretty darn good and convenient to boot! DH doesn't mind carrying it around and videoing for me with the P&S!

You will LOVE the D90! It has made a world of difference in my photography. I am now able to capture things I was never able to before with a P&S and with my older and still very good D80. The new-ish sensor in the D90 has made a world of difference.
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Wow, This is the BEST travel report I've ever seen!

I love it!. I feel like I've spent the day with you at Disneyland and really enjoyed my favorite rides and shows.

All your Photo's come out better than mine!
I really think I'll have to look at upgrading my Camera.

I live in Australia, but I still like to try and visit Disneyland each year or two. Because the journey is so long, I always stay for a long time, 2 to 3 weeks at Disneyland and try to photograph everything so I can revisit my photo's.


You said

"Can you tell that I just love this ride? I didn’t even come close to putting in all of the photos I took, there are just too many! Love it! The WDW version just cannot compare to this version, sorry WDW lovers, but it’s true..."

Yes, I love the ride also, Please post the photo's of the rest of the ride.
Thank you so much Robert for your kind words, I really appreciate it! I'm working on my next installment now. I only have a couple more days and then when I'm done I will go back and post more POTC pics just for you! I think with your eye for photography, if you can upgrade to a DSLR at some point you will absolutely LOVE IT and wonder why you didn't do it sooner!

I'm the same as you; I take a ton of photos so I can remember as much as I can until the next trip. I was very fortunate this year to be able to go 3 times since we got the discounted APs, but they expire in early Jan and before that we are blocked out due to the holidays. So I don't when we'll get to go again. I wish we could go for longer trips like you do, but my DH can only take so much before he's had enough. (I know, I don't get it either! How can you have too much Disney?)
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Long Beach Aquarium aka Aquarium of the Pacific

Day 5 Long Beach Aquarium aka Aquarium of the Pacific & Knotts Berry Farm…
We woke up pretty early this day (for us anyway!) and picked up our DS’s friend. He used to be a DL AP holder but he had let his AP lapse. He suggested before we got there that we take a day to check out Knott’s Berry Farm, so that’s what we decided to do. Now this trip is not the norm for us. Usually, we do DL all the way. But this was our 2nd time this year and DH is not a theme park freak like DS and I. So while we were planning, DH mentioned several times that he wanted to go to check out Long Beach Aquarium aka Aquarium of the Pacific. So we picked up DS’s friend Kenny who just happened to live in Long Beach and that’s where we went first. Did I mention DH really loves fish and aquatic life? He’s a surfer dude (or used to be one!) and I guess that’s why he loves everything to do with the ocean and environment. Aquarium of the Pacific had some internet deals going on and since then I’ve seen them practically giving away tickets for this place through places like Goldstar. It was well worth it for us and a nice relaxing day (sort of) away from Disney. (I say sort of because there were a lot of kids on field trips at LBA.) There are a lot of interactive exhibits and touching pools for the kids and big kids too. We all enjoyed it, and again, we didn’t get to see and do everything because we were short on time and wanted to get to Knotts. There is a convention area near LBA and a few chain places to eat like Bubba Gumps. We did not partake as we had to cram quite a bit into a very short day. LBA has different galleries set up that introduces you to the various species found in specified areas. When you walk in on of the first things you see is the Tropical Pacific Preview tank which has a variety of fishes and aquatic life found in the tropical pacific.








Outside they had a touching tank in which people could feed the sharks! They had a specific way of doing this though and it wasn’t a continuous feeding. They would stop and start. In this same tank they had Sting Rays.




These were not the man eating type sharks. They were all very small and tame.








It was a very bright and sunny day. Even though I had a polarizing filter on my lens it was hard to get shots without a ton of reflection off the water.
Down below they had a much larger shark tank that held the larger, more man eating variety.










<Scary! Look at those teeth!

They had interesting things like this to show you the species, what they ate and what their teeth look like. In case you weren’t scared enough to go into the water! J/K! It really was educational and interesting but there was so much more to see!






Then we went to see the Sea Lions…

It was hard to get decent shots of these mammals because there was salt spray all over the plexiglass and also because of the reflection…
This guy came right up to the glass!






It’s like he knew we were there and wanted attention…

Then after a while, he was over it and went to go play with his friends…


Once again, all the photos today are Straight out of the Camera...for better or for worse, LOL!
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Previous Trips: 7/2012, Desert Inn and Suites; 1/2012, Hojos Bld 1; 6/2011 DL, Hojos Bldg 2; 9/2009 DL, Hojos King room & Pool Review; 6/2009 DL, Seaworld SD, Aquarium of the Pacific & Knotts Berry Farm, Fairfield Inn and more FFI; 1/2009 DL, Hojos; 1/2008 DL, Hojos Premium 2 Queen DL facing room; 1/2007 DL, Hojos; 1/2006 DL, Hojos; 12/2005 DL, Hojos; 10/2005 DL, Hojos; 12/2004 DL, Hojos; 12/2003 DL, Hojos; 12/2002 DL, Hojos; 12/2001 DL, Hojos; 7/2-14 2001 WDW & US IOA;10/2000 DL Desert Inn and Suites; 10/1999 DL, Anaheim Plaza, 10/1997 Anaheim Plaza...and many previous trips to DL as a kid... We are once again Deluxe Annual Passholders! Just went June 15-18, 2011, am planning a short trip in August 2011, and will be running my first Half Marathon in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon January 2012!!! Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mmVR, Nikon 70-300mmVR, Sigma 18-50mm 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Sigma 10-20, Nikon 50mm 1.2 AI, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 85mm 1.8, Nikon SB800, and a whole bunch of other stuff to go along with it!

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The touching tank with small sea animals was very popular with the kids. One thing that was great about LBA was that they had hand sanitizer everywhere for people to use before and after touching the animals. I guess that prevents the animals from getting sick and prevents us from catching or spreading anything too. The small sea animals were so beautiful and colorful!



There was a handler there who was very strict about the way people would touch the animals. They are very fragile and could die if shocked too much.


From there we went to the Manta Ray exhibit. They have a feeding show with the Manta Rays, but we didn’t stay for that. These little buggers were so cute and very popular with little kids and big kids too. They looked like little puppies. Their faces are so cute!

Apparently they like being touched because they couldn’t get enough. They kept coming around and would swim up the tank to get closer to our hands.








So cool! The place was packed with kids big and small who loved it too!




There were other tanks/area that had various fishes and birds and above that there were examples of plant life in the area…














Did you know that Sharks are related to Rays? I didn’t. You learn something knew everyday…


Next we went inside. It was cold and much darker. There were many more examples of aquatic life, plants and birds.





Different type of seaweed…


I love these things. Can’t recall what they’re called but they are so cool…like venus fly traps under water.


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My June 2009 Summer Nightastic Photo Intensive Trip Report Disneyland, Magical Fireworks, Disney's Electrical Parade, Fantasmic!, Ride pics, SeaWorld, Aquarium of the Pacific and Knotts Berry Farm...Updated 3-17-2010 ~ Better late than never!

Previous Trips: 7/2012, Desert Inn and Suites; 1/2012, Hojos Bld 1; 6/2011 DL, Hojos Bldg 2; 9/2009 DL, Hojos King room & Pool Review; 6/2009 DL, Seaworld SD, Aquarium of the Pacific & Knotts Berry Farm, Fairfield Inn and more FFI; 1/2009 DL, Hojos; 1/2008 DL, Hojos Premium 2 Queen DL facing room; 1/2007 DL, Hojos; 1/2006 DL, Hojos; 12/2005 DL, Hojos; 10/2005 DL, Hojos; 12/2004 DL, Hojos; 12/2003 DL, Hojos; 12/2002 DL, Hojos; 12/2001 DL, Hojos; 7/2-14 2001 WDW & US IOA;10/2000 DL Desert Inn and Suites; 10/1999 DL, Anaheim Plaza, 10/1997 Anaheim Plaza...and many previous trips to DL as a kid... We are once again Deluxe Annual Passholders! Just went June 15-18, 2011, am planning a short trip in August 2011, and will be running my first Half Marathon in the Tinkerbell Half Marathon January 2012!!! Nikon D90, Nikon 18-200mmVR, Nikon 70-300mmVR, Sigma 18-50mm 2.8, Sigma 30mm 1.4, Sigma 10-20, Nikon 50mm 1.2 AI, Nikon 50mm 1.8, Nikon 85mm 1.8, Nikon SB800, and a whole bunch of other stuff to go along with it!
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