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  • Trip Report Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

    My wife threw a surprise party for my for my 30th birthday last weekend, with the culmination of the party being a surprise trip to Disneyland, THAT DAY!!!

    Crowds were light for a holiday weekend, the weather was perfect, and despite all my doubts, Midway Mania was actually really, really fun!

    I took a whole bunch of photos, including a lot of HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. I hope you enjoy them! There are a lot of photos, and they're pretty large files so I picked out and put most of my favorites in my trip report for you. In order to prevent bogging you down on the forum, the rest are on my blog at www.arizonasteve.com



    Welcome to Disneyland!



    Main Street USA



    The Hub



    Partners



    Castle... So... SMALL



    No Matterhorn Line!



    We Must Ride!



    Mark Twain



    Best Ride EVAR



    No Line Here Either!



    We Got SOAKED On Splash For Some Reason



    Heh. They're Still Defacing It Eight Years Later...



    GRRizzly Rapids



    You Can Almost FEEL The Mist



    Sunset At The Pier



    Panorama Of The Pier At Night



    Panorama Of The Pier With The Sun Setting



    Tower of Terror at Night



    Go Star Trader! Still Kickin'



    Space Is Soooo Nice With the Redone Track

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    Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

    Thanks for posting! I'm loving the saturation of the colors and increased dynamic range is almost always a good thing--not to mention the fabulous compositions!--but you wanna be careful with the halos where the sky meets the darker foreground objects. They're showing up in nearly every shot involving blue sky, and they do ruin it a bit for me. The first shot and the first shot of the Matterhorn are probably the worst offenders. It's tough to get it right, but it's truly worth it. Anyway, keep up the great work!

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    • #3
      Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

      omg! AMAZING photos!! Some of the best photos I've ever seen!! I LOOOVE the HM photos. and the Grizzly peak ones too.
      *~*~*Prince Dalton*~*~*

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      • #4
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        Dude, great photos! I love how clear and saturated the photos are. I especailly like the photos of Paradise Pier at night! Really co0l!


        AUTOPIA: Fan Since 1991

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        • #5
          Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

          LOVE the photos!!! Too Cool... :thumbup:

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          • #6
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            these are beautiful! i don't really understand this HDR stuff even though I wikipedia'd it; can someone explain it to me? is that what's responsible for the colors?
            and i love the panoramas and the long focal lengths
            "And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by" (John Masefield)


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            • #7
              Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

              Originally posted by twobluestripes View Post
              these are beautiful! i don't really understand this HDR stuff even though I wikipedia'd it; can someone explain it to me? is that what's responsible for the colors?
              and i love the panoramas and the long focal lengths
              When your camera takes a photo, its sensor can only capture so much information. If there's enough contrast in the scene, some areas will either be too dark or too bright, depending on the aperture and shutter speed. Areas that are too dark show up as nearly black, with some ugly noise to further obscure any detail; areas that are too bright are even worse, because they end up as "blown out" white highlights with no recoverable information. (Some programs can guess, but there basically isn't anything there except white.)

              In some cases, that situation is okay. But sometimes you want to be able to capture everything in a scene, from the darkest darks to the brightest brights, and that's where HDR can be helpful. You take multiple photos from the exact same spot and expose them differently. Some'll be too dark, some'll be too bright, and some'll be somewhere in between. None of them will be perfect. But each individual area of the frame will be properly exposed somewhere in at least one of the numerous shots. Then you use software to merge all these shots into one single photo. The result has a wider dynamic range than the monitor--basically, the computer is storing a wider range of brightness information than the monitor can display. So then you make choices about how much you want to "squish" all that information into a viewable range. That part is harder to understand...I get how to do it, and I sorta understand the underlying concepts, but it's hard to wrap the brain around.

              You can also merge the photos manually, area by area. I suspect that's how sgtfox did his, since there are bright halos where the image fades between different exposures. Ideally, those transitions shouldn't be visible at all, but it's easier said than done.

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              • #8
                Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

                Don't they have cameras now that do HDR automatically? You set up the HDR shot then hit the shutter release and it takes a bunch of photos in a row, all at different settings and then merges them together into one shot?

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                • #9
                  Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

                  I haven't heard of any that merge them in-camera--and I wouldn't trust it, anyway--but there are certainly cameras that do automatic exposure bracketing so you at least have the right photos when it's time to merge them on the computer.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

                    Nice pictures the colors are great


                    Did You Know They Use Water To Make ICE!!

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                    • #11
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                      great compositions.

                      did you shoot multiple exposures or did you take a single RAW image and reopen it at different exposures?

                      Micenation

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                      • #12
                        Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

                        wow.

                        just, wow.

                        awesome pics.

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                        • #13
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                          Amazing photos. :thumbup:

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                          • #14
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                            Gorgeous photos!

                            Love the Haunted Mansion ones in particular, looks like a painting. Thanks for posting them.
                            My Micechat cruise trip report, Part 1:http://micechat.com/14795-disney-wonder/

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                            • #15
                              Re: Photo TR: Disneyland in HDR

                              Thanks for posting! I'm loving the saturation of the colors and increased dynamic range is almost always a good thing--not to mention the fabulous compositions!--but you wanna be careful with the halos where the sky meets the darker foreground objects. They're showing up in nearly every shot involving blue sky, and they do ruin it a bit for me. The first shot and the first shot of the Matterhorn are probably the worst offenders. It's tough to get it right, but it's truly worth it. Anyway, keep up the great work!
                              Yeah, what he said. :-D

                              I love HDR. These are beautiful photos. Thanks so much for sharing! We're going to DL next weekend and I can't wait to break out the camera. I might play with some HDR, too. Thanks for the inspiration!
                              Next Disneyland trip: June 19th-24th
                              First Disney cruise: Oct. 23rd-27th



                              See some of my Disneyland photos here!


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