Orlando, Florida – Cinderella’s Castle (HDR)

Sorry it has been slow on P2E..I just got back last nite from a 10 day trip. Great to be home! …back to normal next week!

Tough not to pass up on one of the top family destinations in the world! Even as an adult I love Disney! When I was a kid, Sunday evening was the Disney movie of the week at 7 PM. We’d sit at home an watch something like Escape From Witch Mountian and the get ready for bed as school was the next day. Kudos Walt!

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Orlando, Florida – Walt Disney World Fireworks

Fall has probably arrived in your location and the weather is now getting chilly…so why not post a nice summer shot from Walt Disney World!  Can’t top these fireworks.  Makes me want to go on vacation with the family right now! If you ever want to work on your firework shots…this is the place to visit!   The show lasts about 10 minutes and you can fire off lots o shots!   Just make sure your tripod is set up and ready to go!  Also, find a good location where no people can trip on your gear and that you can avoid getting the top of their heads in your photo.  Good luck!  Have a blast!!

Talke Photography Settings:

  • Camera:  Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 18-200 f/3.5-5.6
  • Setting: Aperture  Mode
  • Focal Length: 20.0mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Exposure:   4 seconds
  • Aperture:  f/11
  • Gear:  Tripod
  • Post Process: Adobe CS4
  • Orlando, Florida – Cinderella’s Castle (HDR)

    School is out in the US…and maybe throughout the world…so time for summer vacation!  If you have kids…maybe you are heading to Orlando?  Disney is a must visit!!  I went a few weeks ago and took a walk around Cinderella’s castle looking for a cool angle and grabbed this shot!   This is the backside of the castle..still lots of people!   It was ok as I had my lens facing upward!    Is that Peter Pan in the top window?  Nah…he doesn’t come out until the “Dreams’ Firework show.   I’d like to have a full day here to shoot during off season…I bet there are tons of shots here!  I was only in for the fireworks.

    Some info from the web:    Cinderella’s Castle is also surrounded by a moat, which contains approximately 3.37 million gallons (12.76 megaliters) of water; however, unlike the drawbridge at Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, Cinderella Castle can not raise its drawbridge. There are a total of 27 towers on the castle, each numbered 1-29– tower numbers 13 and 17 were deleted before construction when it was realized that they could not really be seen from anywhere in the park, due mainly to the other Fantasyland buildings. The tower with the clock in front is 10, the tallest is 20. 23 is the other golden-roofed tower.

    Originally, a suite was built for the Disney family and executives, but since Roy Disney died shortly after the park opened, it remained unfinished, and eventually was turned into an office. There are three elevators inside the castle. One is for guest use and goes between the lobby of Cinderella’s Royal table, and the second floor where the restaurant is. The second is for restaurant staff use, and is located in tower 2 to the left of the drawbridge. It has landings in the Utilidors, the mezzanine level in a break room, and on the second floor in the kitchen. The third elevator is in tower 20, and services the Utilidors, the breezeway, the kitchen of Cinderella’s Royal Table, and the Cinderella Castle Suite. The suite is about 30 feet below the level where the cable is attached to tower 20. Access to the cable is by ladder. Since January 2007 the suite has been used as a prize for the Disney Dreams Giveaway at the Walt Disney World Resort during the Year Of A Million Dreams Celebration.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4.0
    • Setting: Aperture  Mode
    • Focal Length: 20.0mm
    • ISO: 200
    • Exposure:  HDR 5 exposures (+2 to -2)
    • Aperture:  f/22
    • Gear:  Tripod
    • Post Process: Adobe CS5, Photomatix, Viveza

    Happy 1 Year Anniversary PLACES 2 EXPLORE!

    One year ago today Places 2 Explore was created!   Amazing how time flies when you are having fun!   I started the blog not knowing where it will lead and now at the 1 year point, it has been amazing!  Thanks to all the steady readers or even to the one person that just visited only once!   Without you, this blog would be a bump on a log.

    I truly love this blog and hope you do as well?  I keep pushing the limits of my photography by improving daily and trying different styles and methods.   In the past year my HDR skills have been growing!   I added IR photography into my portfolio and love what it can offer!   So what lies ahead for year 2?  More of everything!!!!  I’ll add more sports, portraits, macro, HDR’s and IR shots!  Just about anything I can shoot.   My home studio is in the works (halfway done!)…I’d love to try product photos as well!

    Sales of my photos have been going crazy recently!  Any cool photo placement will be noted here!   Don’t forget, I am here to help…any questions you may have send em my way!  I hopefully can help or give you advice!

    So here are some stats from year 1:

    Total views: 274,000  (WOW!!  Just amazes me…thanks you again!!!!)

    Top 5 Viewed Photos:  1) Times Square (HDR)  2) Golden Gate Bridge (HDR)  3) Tamps, FL (HDR)  4) Las Vegas NYNY Hotel (HDR)  5) Golden Gate Park – Japanese Tea Garden (HDR)

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    Thanks again!!!!   ..and now the winner of the Las Vegas New York NY Hotel Mousepad is: AMBER DEBYAH!!!   Congrats Amber!!!!!!

    As for the shot above…I’ll post the details next week with another cool firework shot…it is from Disney World in Orlando.

    Talke Photography Settings:

    • Camera:  Nikon D300
    • Lens: Nikon 12-24 f/4
    • Setting: Manual  Mode
    • Focal Length: 15.0mm
    • ISO: 100
    • Exposure: 6 seconds
    • Aperture:  f/11
    • Gear:  Tripod, Cable release
    • Post Process: Adobe CS4, Viveza