Orlando, FL – Disney World (HDR)

Disney World is an amazing place! What adult or kid does not want to go at any time?  Maybe not in the sweltering summer…but when its spring or fall…tough to beat!  Everyone knows the Icon – Cinderella’s Castle.  Here it is in HDR.  All we need is some Disney characters to pop into the photo.   It is expensive to attend…so if you are visiting Orlando for a few days…park passes work well.   If you have real little ones…check out Chef Mickey’s at Disney’s Contemporary  Resort.  Here you can have a breakfast buffet with Mickey and many of the characters from Disney.  Reservations needed!

Here is some info from the web: Cinderella Castle was completed in July 1971, after about 18 months of construction, and reaches to a height of 189 feet (57.6 meters) tall — more than twice the size of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. An optical trick known as forced perspective makes the Castle appear even larger than it actually is. As it becomes taller, its proportions get smaller. For example, using this method, the top spire of the Castle is actually close to half of the size it “appears.” Major elements of the Castle were scaled and angled to give the illusion of distance and height, a method frequently used in Disney theme parks around the world.

Cinderella Castle was inspired by a variety of several real and fictional French palaces; Fontainebleau, Versailles, and the chateaux of Chenonceau, Chambord and Chaumont. It was also inspired by the Alcazar in Segovia, Spain. The chief designer of the Castle, Disney Legend Herbert Ryman, also referenced the original design for the castle in the film Cinderella and his own well-known creation—Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland in California

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 22.0mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
  • Aperture:  f/22
  • Gear:  Tripod, Cable  Release
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Photomatix, Viveza
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REVIEW: IPad (a Photographers Tool)

I purchased the IPad 64GB 3G version and now have had it for about a month.  I must say it is one great powerful tool to have!   I can just imagine future generations will be even better.  I know it does not support flash and does have its drawbacks.  And in my opinion is is not a laptop.  I still bring my laptop for above and beyond work that they IPad cannot handle.  What the IPad is to me is a super fast instant on for (no particular order)…

1) Email  2) Internet  3) Movies 4) TV Shows 5) Podcasts 6) Games 7) Files 8)Music-Music Videos 9) Apps  10) Photographs!!!

I am an Apple fan and really enjoy my IPhone…now the apps never get played on my phone…IPad is the choice!   I think if you can afford it..get the largest available IPad.  Storage space goes fast!  I have a ton of stuff on it and still have 16 GB remaining.  So thinking as a photographer…the photos look amazing on the IPad!  Like HD!!  I have many shots on there.  For an example of usage..I brought my IPad the other day to a Real Estate shoot…I whipped out the IPad and gave a slideshow of my previous Real Estate HDR’s to the sales person…he was impressed!  A picture is worth 1000 words indeed!   A great platform to show your photos!  The IPad is small enough to fit in my photo backpack…nice!

Another big benefit is the available “Camera Connection Kit” from Apple.  For $29.00 you get 2 connectors to your IPad (USB and SD).  As I shoot with Nikon…no problem at all downloading Jpegs or NEF files!  So now you can download your shots on location and then view them in a beautiful format in minutes!   I find myself  downloading my shots on my MAC and then putting them also on my IPad.  I grab the IPad and sit on the coach (or anywhere in the house) and view my shots. A nice mobile photo viewer.

On a glad I didn’t moment..I was thinking of buying an EPSON photo viewers for the same reason a few months ago ($600)….now it is not even necessary!   I can assume that in time as the storage gets larger for the IPad…these photo viewers will be obsolete.   I also enjoy video Podcasts like DTown TV, Photoshop TV, Geek Brief TV…and now they are large and wonderful to view!  I even now have a subscription to “Digital Photographer UK” magazine on my IPad and can read the current or back issues any time!  I’d say if you are a photographer and have some extra cash…the IPad is a must!!  An unreal tool that has already changed life as I know it.  Technology is amazing!

As for some negative comments, yes, the IPad is not equal to a laptop yet (as I stated above), but will be in my opinion in about 2 years.  I am not a big fan of the very reflective screen.  It also is a fingerprint magnet!  So I tried a film cover and that helped. I was  still not happy about the reflective screen with the std film cover.  I then found another film that reduces glare…Screen Guardz.  Works awesome, but of course reduces brightness/quality just a tad.  But I will accept that in order to have less glare.

The IPad is revolutionary.  If you own one, I am certain you are extremely happy!!!  Kudos Apple!  Keep making our lives easier!!