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Mar 31, 2013 19:18 |  #1

I am off to Florida for a few days for a work conference. I will have rather limited opportunities to step out on my own to shoot so I am doing some homework as to what and where/when I want to shoot. As I have a brand new daughter at home I would love to return with something that I can print and frame on her new nursery wall. I will definetely be spending some time at Hollywood Studio park but hope to have a little time to pop over to another one day during a free time slot in the conference schedule.

My plan is to take my Sigma 17-55 and my Canon 70-200 lenses only. Both have variable ND filters. And of course my tripod. Question is will I ever use the 70-200 or am I just adding weight and bulk I wont need ?

I am hoping to have an opportunity to shoot a firework show over Cinderella's castle (note to self ... need to read up on shooting fireworks !). But wondered if anyone had any other ideas for great shooting locations ?


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Mar 31, 2013 19:21 |  #2

I took a 28-135 and a flash. I took it on roller coasters and had a great time at the night time fire works. You have a bonus as you will probably have a stroller to put stuff in.


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Mar 31, 2013 19:45 |  #3

In this case no stroller, baby is 3 weeks old and its a work trip so I will be busy "hosting" clients so the wife opted to stay home with the little one.

You took your flash eh ? What kinds of shots required/enabled the bulk of a DSRL with a flash ?

I am doing all kinds of reading about the fireworks, I REALLY hope to get the firework show at Cinderella's castle !


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Mar 31, 2013 19:51 |  #4

You should see the dslr's folks take to the parks. I used the flash mostly for the character meetups. Bad thing is I would get in trouble sometimes by people with p&s cameras that had no idea how to disable the flash. I could shoot high iso no flash but would take crap because they would look over and see my rig. Some rides and shows were no flash. I felt very comfortable with my rig in hand.

Seriously you will see a ton of equipment in the parks, people don't hold back.


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Mar 31, 2013 20:45 |  #5

me personally, I wouldn't take the 70-200. I took my 24-70 f/2.8L, and that thing was tough to walk around with all day long. some days I just took my S95 along (love that little camera). were I to go today, it'd most likely be my 15-85 (on the 7D..... or the 24-105 on the 5D).


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Mar 31, 2013 22:41 |  #6

dipps wrote in post #15776981 (external link)
me personally, I wouldn't take the 70-200. I took my 24-70 f/2.8L, and that thing was tough to walk around with all day long. some days I just took my S95 along (love that little camera). were I to go today, it'd most likely be my 15-85 (on the 7D..... or the 24-105 on the 5D).

I am increasingly of the same opinion, T3i with 17-55 and no grip with tripod and my new S100 for quickie shots might be the most useful gear.


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Apr 08, 2013 13:54 |  #7

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I find that the fireworks work best on full manual mode depending where you are in Disney the iso can be anywhere from 200 - 1600 I usually try and keep an shutter speed between 60-125 (depends how much drag you can allow) and F8+ will give you good sharp prints

I took the attached picture from the water on the grand one but I also have a great results from inside the park and the balcony leading off from California Grill in the contemporary resort.



  
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Apr 08, 2013 14:04 |  #8

dipps wrote in post #15776981 (external link)
me personally, I wouldn't take the 70-200. I took my 24-70 f/2.8L, and that thing was tough to walk around with all day long. some days I just took my S95 along (love that little camera). were I to go today, it'd most likely be my 15-85 (on the 7D..... or the 24-105 on the 5D).

on the other hand I took the above picture with a 100-400L in the middle of august! you get used to the weight pretty quick




  
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Apr 09, 2013 06:17 |  #9

Quattrorocket wrote in post #15776794 (external link)
In this case no stroller, baby is 3 weeks old and its a work trip so I will be busy "hosting" clients so the wife opted to stay home with the little one.

You took your flash eh ? What kinds of shots required/enabled the bulk of a DSRL with a flash ?

I am doing all kinds of reading about the fireworks, I REALLY hope to get the firework show at Cinderella's castle !

You'll need flash when shooting portraits in sunlight, as you'll rarely have good quality light unless you're shooting in 'the golden hour'. Ideally, you'd want a neutral density filter, so you can stay within the flash sync speed while shooting at a large aperture. High speed flash sync will suck up too much power to overpower the sun and lift shadows in the middle of the day.

I got back from Disneyland just a few days ago. Usually take two disney trips a year (one to each park). People shoot the parks differently, but a medium length zoom is definitely the most important lens to bring. Wide angles make for unique, dramatic perspectives when shooting landscapes AND portraits. I got a lot of use out of a 24L prime on my last trip. Very nice for portraits, as the perspective kept a lot of the background elements within the frame. (Longer lenses have the tendency to 'nuke' too much of the background, which is not at all ideal when shooting in the parks)The large aperture was a nice bonus, creating a very nice subject isolation and sense of dimension.

I've never felt the need for a telephoto....usually don't have the room to use one, unless you happen to seek out a vantage point where one would be useful. I think an a wide angle or ultra wide angle lens would be more flexible in terms of framing shots in a crowded park.


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Apr 22, 2013 22:40 |  #10

Okay well I suggest the magic mountain--or wait that's DisneyLand--mmm well I guess the animal kingdom would have all kinds of good wildlife shots. I guess also fantasy land




  
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Jun 01, 2013 02:08 |  #11

I totally forgot that I started this thread, here is some of what I got on the trip ...

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Disney Yacht Club lighthouse (external link) by QuattroRocket (external link), on Flickr

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Potters Castle (external link) by QuattroRocket (external link), on Flickr

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IA Orlando Conference 2013 (external link) by QuattroRocket (external link), on Flickr

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IA Orlando Conference 2013 (external link) by QuattroRocket (external link), on Flickr

Still working on a composite of the shots I took at the Magic Kingdom fireworks show.

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