- Aug 21, 2010
Incredibly sweet. And the ring is really beautiful.
CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS! CONGRATULATIONS!! Franklin is definitely a keeper and what a Romantic!! Very happy for both of you!
The setting was perfect, the ring is beautiful but the look on your face was priceless - thanks for sharing.
Congratulations to the two of you! What a perfect proposal! Are you getting married in Disney also?
Incredibly sweet. And the ring is really beautiful.
Oh my gosh! Wow! What an absolutely perfect engagement! Congratulations to you both and great job setting everything up like that Franklin!
Just joined your January report but I have to join in here too!
There are so many things I could comment on, but the engagement was perfect! Can't wait to hear more!
I know this is an older TR but I love your Magical Ribbons! I'm hoping mine arrive in time for my trip in September, I ordered them ages ago!
Why would you post that beautiful story now? I'm crying at work!
Hehe but in all honesty, what an amazing, beautiful, romantic fairy tale proposal! And that ring is stunning. I love love love Jasmine's reaction and the pictures of her admiring the ring, how wonderfully priceless!
Definitely worth waiting for!
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Yay!!! You put up the 4 part engagement spectacular! (Yes, I know I'm late reading it. Haha. I've been pretty busy!)
I'm so happy for you guys. That was one of the best phone calls I've ever gotten!
That is the PERFECT engagement!!!! Man I wish my DH was romantic and would have done something like that!!!!
I was choking up while reading - it truly was magical
By the way - I love your trip reports. They make me feel like I know you, even though I don't. I love the pictures and how they really tie the story together. Oh how I wish we didn't have to wait until Sept/Oct 2014 to be there... First time at F&W for us - super excited and already planning
For Dee, her favorite crocodile!
It's older, but we're still rolling along! I loooooove my Magical Ribbons. My collection has reached a ridiculous size, but they're all just so cute! I even just placed an order for Hayley to do some custom bows for myself and the bridesmaids for some wedding photos! I know she's plugging along on all the orders now that she's finally settled into her new house. I always have a stack of her business cards with me at the parks because people will come up and ask where I got my bows!
Thank you so much! Yes, the lighting conditions are horrible. It's extremely bright outside and very dark inside. I knew that going in and the most important photos were going to be us with the stained glass in the background. That was what I was going to prepare for. So yes, I was getting nice detailed shots of the stained glass and of the whole room. But really I was dialing in the proper exposures for the main event.
Now for the actual settings. For most people it's not what you expect.
Test shot, the dining room with the stained glass. What you want to do is expose for the brightest part of the scene, the stained glass. With digital photography, once areas are too over exposed, it's difficult to recover that detail. I also knew I eventually wanted to use flash (it was not used in this photo). That meant, the fastest shutter speed I could use was 1/200. I set the ISO to 100 and aperture to f/4. Not good... shutter speed came to 1/250. But for this photo, it's okay since I didn't need flash. For flash photos, I would need to stop down to something like an f/7. I also got lucky for this photo. Since it was still morning, sunlight was still lighting the room. Had it been mid-afternoon, it would be darker inside, as the castle blocks sunlight into the room.
Once I had settled on settings for flash photos, I left it in manual mode. Yes, we did have a photopass photographer, but I also asked the event coordinator for CRT, just moments before, if someone could use my camera too, so we had something while we waited for the photopass CD. By leaving the camera in manual mode, it was less likely the camera would be fooled under those difficult lighting situations. And someone can just pick it up and snap away.
I just used the built-in flash on my camera. The flash was in auto (TTL) mode. But, dialed in a -0.7 flash compensation. That just means, I wanted the flash to be a little darker. I generally dislike the look of flash, and it's usually because it's way too bright. As I mentioned before, the camera is in manual mode. ISO 100, 1/100 shutter speed, f/7.1.
Low ISO, Fast Shutter Speed, Small Aperture. Those settings control the super bright background, the stained glass windows.
Flash was forced on (TTL), but dialed back -0.7 stops. That will expose the foreground (people and characters) properly.
Need a comparison? Let's take a look at the PhotoPass photographer's photo.
There weren't any settings information attached to the photo, but I could give a pretty good guess what happened here. He was probably using a much higher ISO and stuck to the default shutter speed with flash. Which is usually 1/60th for Nikons. Aperture was probably wide open, f/3.5, something the camera would default to in Program mode with flash. Those setting make the windows too bright.
I'm not saying our PhotoPass photographer was bad. He was great, actually. He took photos of the ring and slipper on the rose petals in the back, before it was brought out. He stayed as long as we wanted, and took as many photos as we needed.
Unfortunately, with extreme lighting conditions, the equipment will start to have an impact on the photo quality. First, you will definitely need a camera that will shoot in RAW format (not just JPG). That will help retain detail in the brightest and darkest areas of the image, something a JPG image file can not do. Then you would need a photo editing program to be able to read the RAW file. I have been using Lightroom and it works great for me. Smaller cameras are not going to be able to handle this lighting situation, let alone have a manual mode to get what you want. A DSLR or mirrorless camera would be the best option here.
NOTE: These settings are only for facing the stained glass windows. If the windows are behind the camera, you can use your normal indoor settings.
And yes, I was thinking all of that, in addition to the actual proposal.
Joining in very late but have to say congratulations!!! Wishing you so much happiness in the present and future!
This has been a great thread! Wonderful pics and reviews! Thanks so much for sharing
What a wonderful, perfect, impeccably tailored to you and your relationship proposal! I teared up a little. Just perfection, and reading your accounting of it made it just feel so tangible and real.
Congratulations and best wishes to you BOTH!
Getting caught up!
MNSSHP looks incredible!!! I LOVE the vantage point with the partners statue. Genius!
Great choice for the parade too.
As always, unbelievable beautiful and moving pictures!
I especially love the Haunted Mansion float and the zombie band.
The pictures of you and Franklin with Minnie and Mickey are priceless. Perhaps Franklin should have had a private talk with the Big Cheese about his plans for later in the week.
Wink Wink Nudge Nudge.
Actually, my second favorite croc. Here is my favorite:
Now- Boma and EPCOT
I have only been to breakfast at Boma once, but loved it! Kona still gets top honors, and we have done Tusker House, too, but it didn't hold a candle to Boma. Characters, yes, but not as much character!
Wait, What?!? I did not know about the preferred concert and Illuminations seating for Chase Visa holders. That's awesome!
I am not a wine drinker- I prefer beer- your lunch looked amazing. Loved the food and loved the pairings. I like a lighter beer, but the last two you described sound really good!
And we shall call Super Fan "Man II Boy"
Looking forward to the next chapter(s)!!!
What a perfect proposal! The ring is gorgeous!
It gives me hope for me and my boyfriend. We have been together for 10 years. Still no engagement! Haha.
I can't wait for your honeymoon trip report.
She actually just emailed me shortly after I posted that comment and said she was shipping them out! So excited! I ordered the Spaceship Earth bow, Rafiki, Paperman, Tardis, Mk Park Map, and the adorable new Mickey's Philarmagic one!
Missy & Franklin-
What a beautiful, meaningful, memorable, magical proposal. You done good, Franklin!
So happy for you two! Thank you for sharing this special moment in your life with all of us.
You rock Franklin!!!! Wow! Thank you for taking the time to share how you got those awesome photos! I'm shocked that your ISO was so low. In those conditions I always crank mine up. Hence the blown out windows. I would have thought the inside would have been too dark with your settings, but it all looked gorgeous. What a great explanation. Totally changed my thinking on those kinds of shots -- thank you! I am totally going to try this when we are at CRT this winter for breakfast. And yes, just started using Lightroom this year & love it! So much better than my old Bridge.
And I always keep my flash in auto when I use it. I do keep a diffuser on it (Gary Fong) for softer light but perhaps I should try to learn how to adjust it too. Maybe that's what you did with the mice. I'm truly amazed at the clean, bright shots you get in such dark light. Thanks again for sharing your settings. So helpful!
You really planned everything out for this proposal! From the setting, perfect details, & even getting the best photos to always remember the special moment. Congratulations! We are all so happy for you & Missy!