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PTR: A weekend in Orlando with a new camera


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Not too long ago, my Powershot camera (that everyone laughed at) finally bit the dust and so I took this as an opportunity to get a "real" camera. I was originally looking into the Canon 50D, but I ended up going with a 40D because I was able to get a good deal (and the fact that it cost $500 less).

 

In addition to the kit lens that came with the camera, I also used a 75-200mm telephoto for the close-ups, and a 50mm f/1.8 for low light images.

 

On Saturday we hit Universal and SeaWorld, and on Sunday we hit EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, and MGM.

 

In addition to the pictures posted here, I posted some in two other threads:

Hollywood Rocket - http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=738210#738210

Manta - http://www.themeparkreview.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=738205#738205

 

I'm no Hanno, and a lot of this is experimental, so be aware if I jump around too much. Thanks to Erik, Bryan, and Adam for putting up with me.

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And I just had to post this

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When are they going to get rid of that thing?

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RnRC train launching

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Entrance to RnRC

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This came out surprisingly well, despite the high ISO grain. You can see the mirror used to create the effect

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Night shot

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The winner

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Narrowing them down

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The "finalists" from earlier in the day

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The American Idol show

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Next, we went over to MGM/Hollywood Studios for some Tower rides

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This one came out well. Unfortunately, much of the rest of Mansion was too dark to get good shots

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The loading area for Haunted Mansion, slightly overexposed

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Thunder Mountain, as seen from the Haunted Mansion queue using the 300mm lens.

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I never really cared much for Stitch

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Although there's something going on in the old Skyway station

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Empty Peoplemover station

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With Space Mountain and the Peoplemover down, Tomorrowland is dead

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Next stop was Magic Kingdom

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Over at the Communiventions Segway demo they had the four wheeler on display. Anyone know more?

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These were the computer nerds of the 70s

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Animatronics in Spaceship Earth

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Does this count as a hidden Mickey?

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Brake test

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EPIC BAIL!

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I tried to get a shot of Ellen getting eaten by a dinosaur. No such luck

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Universe of Energy. What dinosaurs have to do with energy I don't quite understand

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There's Nemo

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Lionfish in Living Seas

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Finding Nemo dark ride

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More animatronics in Imaginationland

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Experimenting with the f/1.8 lens

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Baby Gator

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Gator on Living with the Land. I've seen bigger ones here in Gainesville

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This was the line for Soarin' right at opening

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Over at EPCOT we have Erik playing the role of Atlas

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Ever wonder what is at the top of the SeaWorld tower (which was not operating that day). Taken using the 300mm lens

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Close up of Hulk. The burst mode works fairly well for shots like this.

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Great pictures, Will--particularly of Figment (have yet to snag a decent shot of him) and HM's Bride. I admire you all for undergoing the toture that is American Idol.

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Awesome camera choice! I went with the Nikon D40x over the Canon 40D. I can only hope that my dark shots come out as well. I only started messing with those features recently, like with candle shots. Did you use a tripod? My worry is I take pictures way too quickly for this stuff to be clear! I love the Leona shot, and the ToT shots! Great PTR!

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