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Old 12-15-2012, 02:13 PM   #1
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A Short Photo Trip Report

It was a short trip too, only three nights.
We arrived around Noon Sunday 09 December and went to Epcot, where Test Track was broken. This would be a recurring theme. Our room at Boardwalk was ready and had a great view:





After a few hours at Epcot it was time to get ready for California Grille, we had a 7:40 reservation so we could watch Holiday Wishes at 9:30.








The next morning we tried to arrive at Magic Kingdom for rope drop to see New Fantasyland. We were only about 15 minutes late but Enchanted Tales with Belle was already up to 60 minutes wait! The attraction was well worth the wait and we will be sure to see it again. I was a suit of armor but won't bore you with photos of my star performance!





Journey of the Litle Mermaid was fun and certainly not a one time thing. We rode it twice that day and will be back, it is well done and lots of fun. The entire queue is worth going through at least once, with plenty to entertain waiting guests.







Later that day we had a diner reservation for Be Our Guest, our most anticipated new attraction of this trip. BOG did not disappoint, the food was good (I had the ratatouille), the wine was good (Flowers Pinot Noir), the decor was amazing, and Beast made an appearance as well as a Meet & Greet.










Yes, that is a Prep & Landing t-shirt!



Tuesday we tried Test Track again, it was listed as down until at least 11:00 but we finally got on around 2:00. Meh. The ride is the same (still fun) and the new graphics are cool. The story about "designing your car" and then "testing" it is a complete waste of time to me. We will skip the design part next time.



We had a LeCellier lunch for the Candlelight Processional to see Jodi Benson. Jodi was a good narrator and really got into the Christmas story. What was fun was to close your eyes and listen to her. Oh yeah, this is The Little Mermaid alright!
Our favorite narrator is still Edward James Olmos, what a voice. Dr. John Sinclair is a great, animated conductor.







After CP we went to the Studios to see Osborne Lights. We found the Halloween cat and really enjoyed the lights. About 50% of the people were using phones for cameras.





We also practiced with HDR on a dynamic subject:




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Old 12-16-2012, 06:30 PM   #2
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Very nice report.
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Old 12-19-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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What a spectacular collection of New Fantasyland shots!
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Old 12-19-2012, 04:11 PM   #4
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Absolutely gorgeous pictures
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Good stuff. Which lens did you use for the evening castle shot taken from the CG?
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Old 12-27-2012, 10:37 AM   #7
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Good stuff. Which lens did you use for the evening castle shot taken from the CG?
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I used Panasonic's 45-175 at 170mm, it is my only long lens for now. Panasonic's 35-100 would be nice for the f/2.8 but the $$$ is tough to take and I would miss the +75 range.
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I think that is a PZ lens? I have the Panasonic 45-200, which is actually very good for the asking price. It looks like your PP program removed the EXIF info, so I can't see how you took these.

I still travel with my G3 and I'm happy with it in that role. I considered the PZ 14-42 for a while, but I keep reading bad things about it.

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Great shots as usual Bob! I especially enjoyed the Be My Guest ones; make me more inclined to try it now!
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Old 12-27-2012, 04:07 PM   #10
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I think that is a PZ lens? I have the Panasonic 45-200, which is actually very good for the asking price. It looks like your PP program removed the EXIF info, so I can't see how you took these.

I still travel with my G3 and I'm happy with it in that role. I considered the PZ 18-55 for a while, but I keep reading bad things about it.
The 45-175 is an X lens and also a PZ lens. I rarely use the power zoom feature since it is so much easier to just rotate the zoom ring but it might be nice for video. The lens is fairly sharp considering the price and it is a fixed length so dust should not be an issue.

I have read many unkind things about the PZ 14-42 so I never bought one. Supposedly the issue was caused partly by the camera body and the newer G5 does not cause the problem. Who knows? I still like the G3, my main complaint is the low dynamic range (compared to most APS-C cameras) but Olympus has fixed that and Panasonic's GH3 is supposed to be really good also. If the G6 (projected to arrive mid 2013) has an improved sensor I will probably upgrade.
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Bob, I always enjoy seeing your photos. Thank you for sharing them.
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WOW!
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