WDW Pictures from recent trip

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  1. AustinTed

    AustinTed Earning My Ears

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    These pics are from our trip to WDW a couple of weeks ago. These are some of my favorites, although I notice that I picked out a lot of animal pictures. On the next trip I'll be looking for some sort of travel tripod for the fireworks pics. I shot them hand held and the results were not up to the level of tripod work due to short exposure. I brought my big tripod with me, but it just didn't work out for carrying around.

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  3. klmall

    klmall aka Kathy DIS Lifetime Sponsor

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    Great job! Looks like that kitty needs a tummy rub :rotfl2:
     
  4. AustinTed

    AustinTed Earning My Ears

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  5. boBQuincy

    boBQuincy <font color=green>I am not carrying three pods<br>

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    Very nice!!!

    You must have been *really* up front for "Beauty and the Beast"!
     
  6. LMarge

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    AustinTed,
    Those look pretty amazing to me!! And I love your pano!!:goodvibes - very cute! You mentioned that you didn't use a tripod - you're one very steady person!! May I ask what equipment you did use? There was no exif data available on your photos. :confused3 I'm only curious, because your photos are just amazingly clear and sharp - and the color just pops! I'm also hoping Santa will upgrade me this Chistmas!!!;) (but I need to know what to put on the wish list first!!)
    Blessings,
    Marge
     
  7. yrdlyprincess

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    Your pictures are great!! What kind of camera do you use??
     
  8. AustinTed

    AustinTed Earning My Ears

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    Thanks for the kind words. Sorry about the EXIF data - Picasa strips it all out. The camera is a Nikon D200 and the three lenses used for the shots are the 18-200mm VR, 70-200mm f2.8 VR (sometimes with 1.7x tc), and a 50mm f1.8.

    I've had the camera for just about a year now and it has been a constant learning experience. I feel like I am just getting to the point now of understanding the camera and software well enough to get the results I want. I shoot in raw and that gives a little extra latitude to fix things after the fact.

    The night castle, fountain, and fireworks shots were all done with the 18-200mm VR at ISO400-800 and shutter speeds of 1/8-1/4s. I don't have rock solid hands....the image stabilization works that well. For fireworks the sweet spot is more like 1/2-3s exposures. I posted a couple of other pics from this lens below. I was amazed that it captured the shot of Test Track that clearly at 1/80s

    The 18-200mm VR runs out of gas the moment you need to deal with low light and subject motion at the same time. For the Lion King show I used the 50mm f1.8. For all of the animal shots (except for the duck head) I used the 70-200mm VR f2.8. This is not a lens you want to carry all the time due to weight.

    The Duck head shot was done in Magic Kingdom where the Ducks will walk right up to you in search of food. I was able to use the 18-200mm for that.

    The Lion shot was done on the Safari ride using the 70-200mm VR 2.8 + 1.7x tele-converter. Even with that I ended up cropping a bit. The Safari ride is near impossible - you are bouncing around and the animals are running around. But you can almost always count on that silly Lion being in the same spot all the time. Maybe it is stuffed!

    The Tiger in need of a belly rub was shot through glass on the nature trail.

    I would suspect that the Nikon D40 and D80 would also do quite well with the same lenses. The 18-200mm VR with the 50mm f.18 are not all that bad to carry around and would cover a lot of shooting situations. I'm not sure how well the 18-200mm VR would work on the Safari ride though. I needed a fast shutter speed and was struggling to capture enough light even with an f2.8 lens.

    Regardless of equipment WDW is always a difficult shooting environment due to low light and motion, which is why I enjoy it so much. I had my share of missed/blurry pics. If you look at the picture of the colorful bird at 100% there is some blur - web size is forgiving.

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  9. Honeymooner04

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    Great shots, I especially like the roller coaster shot. Excellent job!
     
  10. PrincessTiff

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    Beautiful pictures.
     
  11. Pea-n-Me

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    Nice pictures! I like the Test Track shot a lot - it's a tough one to get!
     
  12. Lizziejane

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    awesome stuff! makes we want to go to WDW...I might have to start whining around here!
     
  13. Amy

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    Great photos, Ted!:thumbsup2 Hope to see more soon.
     
  14. mikamah

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    Awesome pics. Thanks for sharing.
     
  15. IloveChip

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    Fantastic photos! I too love the rollercoaster shot. The depth of field is just fantastic! The fountain is just a beautiful shot! Thanks for sharing! :thumbsup2
     
  16. MicMin

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    Wonderful pictures. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
  17. Groucho

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    Nice work! And a good argument for the idea that zoom lenses are handy at WDW. :lmao:

    Is it Google or you stripping the exif data (and is it on purpose)? I'd be curious about some of the settings.
     
  18. LMarge

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    Thanks for the info! My girlfriend has the NikonD200 as well and she gets terrific action shots with it during the gymnastic season. I'll just have to suffer from camera envy a bit longer!!!:goodvibes Thanks for sharing and please keep them coming!!:thumbsup2
     
  19. AustinTed

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    Right...Google Picasa Web is stripping everything out of the EXIF.
     
  20. tjl1388

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    Those shots are great. I just bought the 18-200VR and LOVE it. Best money spent in a while. Next is the D200.

    I tried in vain several trips for fireworks with no tripod. The trick is not only a tripod but also a remote release of some kind. Even your finger on the camera throws it off when you are shooting 2-5s exposures.

    Lug the tripod. You will not be dissapointed.

    Thanks for sharing.
     
  21. Gdad

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    Very nice work Ted- sounds like we were there about the same time. Glad to hear I was not the only one lugging a 70-200/2.8vr around AK. :rolleyes:

    That is one busy little yellow bird- here's mine.
     

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