Daily Disney - Hollywood Studios Balloons at Dusk (Explored)

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Well guys, I'm back from a 5 day trip to Walt Disney World. Although I took my camera with me, with the 50mm f/1.4 mounted on it at all times, I didn't really get all that many photo opportunities. It was a family trip and we were touring with another family that had never been to Disney World, so just not a ton of time for pictures. All in all, I brought home 803 RAW files. Probably only 1/3 of those are keepers and probably only a 1/3 of the keepers are pictures I'd post on Flickr. So that equals out to be around 87 pictures - hopefully enough to post one a day until our October trip. I feel like I really got to know my camera this trip and I played around with exposure compensation a lot and using only the 50mm really made me think about composition. I used the tilted composition a lot because everyone seems to be doing that these days, and also because sometimes I just seemed to close so sometimes by tilting the camera you can get more in the frame. I did get one night at the studios when everyone else went back to the hotel so I did pretty good there. There were so many times that I wish I had my tripod and a wider lens though. We stayed at Pop Century so I got a few decent pics there also.

All in all it was a fun trip... some highs and lows:

-Like I said before, I got to know my camera pretty well.
-Discovered that the 50mm f/1.4 is an AWESOME lens for dark rides.
-We were able to do pretty much everything we wanted to do.
-Had a fun day at Cocoa Beach and heard (to cloudy to see) the space shuttle go off.
-Olivia rode all the attractions including Tower of Terror, Rock N Roller Coaster and Expedition Everest - and loved them all!
-Met up with my brother and his family for a day at the Magic Kingdom.

-Man was it hot!
-Holy smokes it was crowded
-Pop Century (I'm not sure if I'll ever stay at a value resort with the family again)
-Bus transportation (I was on the fence, but I now know for sure that I'm a rental car guy)
-People Mover being closed. I can't tell you how many times I walked by wishing I could take a ride on the TTA.
-Missed out on experiencing the American Adventure because my family thinks it's boring.
-Totally blew it (photographing, again) Peter Pan's Flight.

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Exposure: 1/40
Aperture: f/1.4
Focal Length: 50mm
ISO: 200

Hollywood Boulevard
Disney's Hollywood Studios
Walt Disney World Resort
Bay Lake, Florida
June, 2009

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This picture made it to Flickr Explore June 20, 2009 - #1 - thanks everyone!


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  1. Dr. Disney Wizard 55 months ago | reply


    Danke, Merci, Gracias, Thank You,
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  2. Peter E. Lee 53 months ago | reply

    Great work!

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  3. DuuulceLocuuura 52 months ago | reply

    excellent photo!

  4. Georgia - Balloons 48 months ago | reply

    Magic!!! Congrats!!!

  5. Nylons and Cake 47 months ago | reply

    Absolutely gorgeous! Lovely light!

  6. sugar_yan 47 months ago | reply

    it looks beautiful ,I love it !!!

  7. ☁ = ☂ 46 months ago | reply

    wow this just makes me happy just looking at it :)!!!!

  8. me chu 45 months ago | reply

    i love all your photos!:)

  9. Moments by Awdrey 45 months ago | reply

    I think you're my favorite Disney World photographer:) We love Disney...only been twice, last year and this year, but we are avid fans now for sure. This last trip I only used my 50mm, but with 4 kids, I just didn't really have the time to do much photographing, like I would really want to. Plus we had all of these ADR's to get to etc. etc. Next time we go we are not going to have ANY ADR's ...and I think we are not going to park hop either. It takes about an hour to just park hop, and then a GOOD 3 hours if you do the ADR thing. Too much time wasted!!! WE stayed in a value this last time too. I don't think we will ever do that again. Although they are nice, I HATED sharing the buses with 2 other resorts!! Can't wait to go through your photos :)

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  11. Nerea Ortigueira 39 months ago | reply

    i love this one!!

  12. bhilinski 34 months ago | reply

    Awesome! Please add this to www.queare.com.

  13. Emediex1 [deleted] 32 months ago | reply

    Love, love, love this photo. You are more than just talented! Remember, though, that Amsel Adams, when asked about the ratio of good photos to bad that he took, said, "72 to one." You're way ahead of him!

  14. Chandler Leighton 31 months ago | reply

    All time favorite.

  15. sethworld 30 months ago | reply

    You are invited to post this great photo in Top 20 Disney World Please read the group rules before posting.

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