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  • [Pictures] Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

    (Edit: Updated 1/14/10 - Check below for link to Part VII)

    For Part II, click here (Holiday Decorations, etc.)

    For Part III, click here (A nearly empty Saturday in the Rain, 12/12/09)

    For Part IV, click here (Rainy Night Shots)

    For Part V, click here (More Rainy Night Shots)

    For part VI, click here (Tiana's Showboat Jubilee)

    For part VII, click here (More Jubilee Shots)


    After the last few months of shooting like a maniac at the DLR, I am finally getting a chance to sit down and sift through some of my shots to share with you folks here on Micechat. Before I do that, however, I just wanted to thank all of the fine photographers that we have around here for continuing to inspire me to go out and try to become a better photographer. My interest in digital photography began back in 2005 as I saw amazing shots being posted by folks like Daddyb, Crazylegs, Mastergracy, Darkbeer, Frogberto, Armadillo4, Hollywood 1939, and, of course, Fishbulb, among several others. Lately, I have continued to be amazed by many of you and have either stolen or borrowed some of your ideas. (Thanks again Disneyphotoguy for the border idea.) There are too many to list here, but I appreciate all of you and I always look forward to seeing what our Micechat photographers will be posting next. Thank you all for your inspiration and motivation for me to get off my butt and head back to the park to try something new.

    So...I've put a lot of mileage on my Nikon D90 since last Summer. Between Halloweentime, Fantasmic, Tiana's Jubilee, Christmas decorations, parades and the recent rain, I've taken quite a few. I am also beginning to experiment with a bit of HDR here and there and continuing to try things with selective coloring. (Both of which I saw for the first time on Micechat.) I have also discovered quite a few of you on flickr as well as a number of Disney based groups and have been constantly amazed at what can be accomplished with a digital camera.

    For the first batch, I pulled most of these directly off of flickr and these are in no particular order. I'll group the shots more specifically in my next few batches, but just wanted to start with a sampling of what I've been up to on flickr during the past few months. Most of these shots are available at higher res on my flickr page at:


    MacDaddy'sFlickrAccount


    Part I: Misc Fall/Winter 2009 Photos





























    This Gingerbread man and coffin is from last year's HMH, but I just cleaned it up and cropped it just a couple months ago:



















    I finally made it in to see Murphy...







    I finally made my way to directly in front of the castle a couple of weeks ago for the BIHM Fireworks...




















    This was taken just last Monday night. It's a bit dark, but I was really going for a more ominous feel with the storm moving in over Tomorrowland...




    I stole this angle from Orbital Punk:




    For Part II, click here
    Last edited by Mac Daddy; 01-14-2010, 09:32 AM.


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    Originally posted by Mac Daddy View Post















    Great photos! ^my favorites

    flower gleam & glow...

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      Holy Smokes! So many great pictures, reports like this do MiceChat proud. Well done, A+!!

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        Wow! This is a thoroughly entertaining display of "Disneyland souvenir book" class professional photographs.




        Love how you turned the monorail into a stream of colorful light against a glistening b&w background.



        Again, a dazzling job utilizing selective coloring. Tiana's Jubilee appears to be a show that overflows with dynamic creole excitement on the "Bayou of America"!




        Perfect shot of the riverboat from an unusual scenic yet limited "peek-a-boo" viewing locale.




        Am fascinated by these wide-angled, rounded photos of yours. The sub lagoon lends itself as a beautiful subject for this type of photography. It's cool that you managed to capture almost everything... ocean life props, sea gulls, the Matterhorn, and a sub.



        Wow! Talk about detail!





        That's one scary high resolution digitally photographed dragon! Your pix all look even more brilliant on flickr.




        The colors you chose here are beyond vibrant. This photo and the castle shot below are my favororite images modified by selective color.







        Talk about crystal clear beautiful. The reflection is quite surreal. Btw...what does HDR mean? Your photographic perspective and craft is growing in leaps and bounds, MacDaddy.
        Last edited by Ride Warrior; 12-14-2009, 08:26 PM.
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          Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

          you are the...

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            Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

            Superb photos, MacDaddy! You really don't need the borders because the photos are amazing just as they are!


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              Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

              Great stuff.

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                This is HDR done right! Not too over the top! Great photos, can't wait to see the rest!

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                • #9
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                  OMG! Fabulous shots MacD! Can't wait for the rest!
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                    Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                    :blink:

                    Wow. Just. Wow. I am totally speechless... you keep raising the bar higher and higher with your photography skills. I want to throw my camera in the trash!! :lol:




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                      Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                      wow thats amazing! what software are you using?

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                        Really beautiful photography and editing. Thank you so much for sharing these.

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                          Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                          Wow!

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                            Amazing photos!

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                              Your photos make me want to just put my camera in a box and never use it again.
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                              • #16
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                                Awesome... just awesome!!

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                                  Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                                  Thanks for your comments, Kburford, Aashee, Disneyphotoguy, Coheteboy, Melonballer, niklj, royaldisneyfan, Piratelover68, William, DisneyDiana, skoolpsyk, and my7dwarves. Thanks for taking the time to check out the photos and for your encouragement!

                                  Originally posted by RideWarrior
                                  Btw...what is HDR mean? Your photographic perspective and craft is growing in leaps and bounds, MacDaddy.
                                  RW - Thanks for your generous comments. HDR, as I understand it, stands for "High Dynamic Range." It involves combining two or more exposures in order to gain detail beyond what you would normally find in a standard exposure. There are a few programs out there that do this, and the one I use is listed under the next question.

                                  Originally posted by disneysnout View Post
                                  wow thats amazing! what software are you using?
                                  Disneysnout - For the HDR shots, I'm using a program called "Photomatix" which is available online. For selective coloring, I'm using photoshop, creating another layer, and either painting the B & W layer in or erasing the color layer on top of it. There's an easier way of doing this, but that technique has been a bit hit and miss with me lately.

                                  Originally posted by penguinsoda View Post
                                  :blink:

                                  Wow. Just. Wow. I am totally speechless... you keep raising the bar higher and higher with your photography skills. I want to throw my camera in the trash!! :lol:
                                  Don't even THINK that! :bash: You just took some AMAZING photos a few days ago, and inspired me to try a couple of things that I've never done before. In fact...I've taken a number of shots of Pinocchio in the hub before and had never noticed Jiminy Cricket on his shoe until you posted that great shot of him last week. :blush: So...obviously I just had to go back and try some shots of him a few days ago, which I'll try to post later. I think your shots were the first I've ever seen of him on Micechat...but I could be wrong. Seriously...your last photo update was amazing. I'm already looking forward to your next one.

                                  Originally posted by skoolpsyk View Post
                                  Your photos make me want to just put my camera in a box and never use it again.
                                  That would be the OPPOSITE of what I was trying to do with this thread. Believe me...there are more than a few photographers around Micechat who leave me in the weeds as I am still very much an amateur and am only now beginning to read through some books to try to figure out how I can become a better photographer. In most of the podcasts that I listen to and blogs and books that I've read, the number one thing that is suggested over and over again is to just get out there and shoot whenever you get a chance. The cool thing about digital photography is that your mistakes don't cost you anything. And I've made plenty of those. :whistling: So keep that camera out of the box and keep shooting....and hopefully you'll share your shots on Micechat after your next trip to the park.


                                  Part II is on it's way. I'm thinking I'll go in reverse chronological order and start with recent Christmas and rainy day shots next. Please check back if y'all get a chance.

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                                    Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                                    Absolutely magnificent photos! Wow!

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                                    • #19
                                      Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                                      Great pictures........ and you are having way too much fun with photoshop.
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                                        Re: Mac Daddy's Fall/Winter 2009 Photo Extravaganza

                                        Truly inspiring work, partner!

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