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I'm finally feeling like I'm recovering from my trip and it's time to start processing photos! :)


I went hyper-commando and ended up losing 11 lbs in the 6 days I was there, and it really took the stuffing out of me. I've always lost weight on my WDW trips (even with free dining), but usually about 7-8 lbs in 9-10 days. I've been a zombie since I got home and haven't even looked at the 3000 or so photos I took until tonight.


All told, it was a really great time. The weather didn't cooperate for the first 4 days, but the last 2 were really nice (makes me glad I decided to make it 6 days). I closed a park every night that the weather allowed, and rode all my favorites many, many times (usually in a row since crowds were dead). Also enjoyed randomly meeting 4 other flickr people while shooting after hours. The solo trip experience was fun, but I found myself missing my family even by the second day, and was very ready to come home by day 6.


The fisheye lens was AWESOME. I struggled to use it at first, but once I got comfortable I found myself going overboard with it (which I said I wouldn't do.. oops).


I'm really glad to have a large cache of photos to post for the next year and a half or so. It's not likely I'll be back to WDW before then (though I've said this before!), but my wife and I are REALLY looking forward to taking our boys to Disneyland this fall for my birthday.


Anyway, I hope you enjoy the first of many new shares from me!


This shot is 4 exposures each at 0.6 sec handheld, ISO 1600, all merged together to reduce noise and get rid of the few stragglers that ended up in the shot (though I see I left one on the right, oops)

  • Marc Duci PRO 5y

    This is a fantastic shot! That Fisheye works extremely well here.
  • kyle.tucker95 PRO 5y

    Nice use of the fisheye.
  • Scott Smith 5y

    Absolutely amazing!!!! Perfectly executed. And i love the color to this. Great job.

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  • Scott Pairman 5y

    Excellent use of the lighting and a wide angle lense!

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  • Todd Hurley Photography PRO 5y

    Brilliant! Definitely haven't seen this done before.
  • Larry White, Jr. PRO 5y

    Very very cool! I see all of these fisheye shots and it keeps moving up on the priority list.
  • { ...Angela } 5y

    That darn fisheye is just too cool!! This is one awesome picture!!
  • {kidnurse} 5y

    I like what the fisheye did here :)
  • Jeff Bergman PRO 5y

    Amazing capture and use of the fisheye! The colours are popping here.

    I may need to try your diet on my next trip. 11 lbs - wow!
  • DigitalSLG 5y

    Wow...what a way to start! Welcome back...glad you had a great time. I'm sure you'll have a blast taking the boys to DL though. Can't wait to see the rest of the pics from your trip...thankfully you had better weather than we did. :-)

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  • DigitalSLG 5y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called 5 Star Disney (Invited Photos Only), and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • janoimagine 5y

    Epic capture.
  • Alan Rappa PRO 5y

    this is phenomenal!
  • Jonathan PRO 5y

    Fantastic perspective!
  • Photogineer (Doug) 5y

    Wow. Perfect. I assume that this is a result of the "crowd removal" technique? I also found out that this technique can also help with the noise because "noise is supposed to be random" and since the crowd removal looks at differences in the shot, then it helps smooths noise as well.
  • CodyWDWfan 5y

    PhotographyDR (Doug) Actually this one is just a mean average of the 4 shots rather than median, then I manually masked out the few people that were left. Median does reduce noise, but not as well as mean.

    The way it works for mean merge is every time you double the number of shots used, you cut the equivalent ISO by 1 stop, so.... 2 shots at ISO 3200 are roughly equivalent to ISO 1600.. 4 @ 3200 is 800.. 8 @ 3200 is 400.. etc

    So this shot was 4 exposures at 1600 so it's roughly ISO 400 equivalent.

    I did try the crowd removal technique and may post some of the results, but it really didn't work as well as I hoped, mainly because I wasn't willing to stand and wait to take enough shots for it to work, but also there were just too many people in general even with low crowds, and too many people that weren't moving in the places that I tried it, then they end up looking really strange in the median merge (headless, armless, etc). Oh and also the one place I most wanted to try it from - the Main Street train station to get an empty Main Street shot in broad daylight - was walled up for refurb :(
  • Samantha Decker PRO 5y

    Wow I just love this! Great job at crowd removal too!
  • Tom Bricker 5y

    This is really awesome. I can't believe you got it without any people in it. Usually the gap is really narrow between exit and enter. Quick shutter finger.

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  • Doug PRO 5y

    Amazing shot Cody. Looks like you had good results with the fish eye. now I'm bummed that I didn't order one for my time at the parks this weekend.
  • Don Sullivan PRO 5y

    Absolutely amazing shot. The fisheye works fantastic here.
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Taken on February 4, 2010
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