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Old 11-17-2012, 09:15 PM   #31
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ANIMAL KINGDOM - Part 3: Character meet & greets

Character meet and greets

As mentioned in my earlier post, character availability seemed to be limited this year and despite 3 visits to the greeting trails, only Mickey, Minnie and Donald were there.

The first picture is one I made sure had a border on so you can see it was a photopass one, as I cant' take the credit for this one Ask me why, ask me why .....

Because .... to save battery on my flash when Mickey took a quick break just before we had our turn, I switched it off. And took all my pics without realizing that I had forgotten to turn it back on .... d'oh!!


Photo0561FourBySix by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


Minnie and Tové by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


Safari Donald by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

And I do believe it was Minnie's Photopass photographer who caught me red handed .... I only discovered the evidence going through my photos when we got home


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Picture must have looked ok on the LCD .... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Chip and Dale and Baloo and King Louis were also around however, but it seemed to be intermittently as we met them on our first visit to the area before heading for the trails, and then didn’t see them on our returns to that part of the park.


Those chipmunks ... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


Baloo & King Louis by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

What we did notice however was that lines for the greeting trails were somewhat long, considering the low crowd levels in the park and I am assuming that was down to only having fewer characters available for meet and greets. It didn’t matter – we met them once and were first in on the first day, returning only to see Mickey (whose line had grown to a whopping 30 minutes by the time we’d done Chip & Dale, the Jungle Book guys and Minnie! ) Anyway, no harm done as we got to see most of them. And also, DD announced halfway through the trip that she wasn’t as ‘into’ getting autographs any more, which felt like a kick in the face at the time, after I had spent hours and hours making her an autograph book at her request earlier in the year ....Kids ... who'd have 'em? But then they grow up suddenly I suppose. And it will free up time to do other things on our next visits.

We pretty much skipped Dinoland this year. We were in there the first morning when Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl were down and returned on our second visit and only stopped on our way through to another part of the park – I forget which because I was so ill we never made it there – and I sat on a bench for about 20 minutes until I realized I needed to get onto a bus ASAP and get back to our room. Being sick on vacation sucks BIG TIME!

DD was amazing. She came with me to the resort store to get some meds for the fever and ran down to the foodcourt and fetched me juice and water while I lay good for nothing on the bed for an hour waiting for those (awesome) tablets to work. Being the hard core Disney lover that I am I still insisted on going to our next park for the evening and she dutifully attempted to reason with me that I may be better in bed and promised to take care of me because “It’s not your fault Mum and you should rest” Bless her

We didn’t find the weather to be as hot as it was in the previous two trips, although DD had moments when she disputed this. She gave me strange looks which suggested that I was talking nonsense .....


The look ... by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

.......... and then she made friends with a fan


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Old 11-18-2012, 09:21 AM   #32
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Yes, but Grandma was quite brazen, she's only holding on with one hand!
I see! She was either holding onto a hair piece, or her hand was stuck to her head in sheer disbelief as this definitely wasn't the experience she had signed up for


Your FOTLK are superb! Loving the expressions in the performer's faces! I am absolutely gutted that I'll never get another chance to photograph this when we return next year Any info about when it's closing - is it January?



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And also, DD announced halfway through the trip that she wasn’t as ‘into’ getting autographs any more, which felt like a kick in the face at the time, after I had spent hours and hours making her an autograph book at her request earlier in the year ....Kids ... who'd have 'em? But then they grow up suddenly I suppose.
Don't worry, from personal experience, I can confirm that it will become cool and desirable again when she's in her 20s!! When I was younger, I went through that phase where I used to feel a bit shy and awkward meeting the characters, but I've worked through it () and spent hours and hours meeting characters again last year!!


Sorry to hear that you were ill during your trip But Tove sounds wonderful - I bet you're so proud!! Love the 'fan club' photo - what a gorgeous daughter you have!
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More lovely photos Lee, especially the pics of Tove on EE. On the going for a spin pic, have you reversed the photo, as I was trying to picture where it was shot from. FOTLK again nice photos. What ISO were theses taken at? I agree grain is an issue in low light, but you could always treat yourself to some faster lenses Did you ride the safari at all?
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I'm not sure Beth. I did ask and the CM said at the time 2 weeks but I knew that he didn't have correct info so I just thanked him and we moved on. It is sad as it is such a popular show. Even with the low crowds, the place was full both times we went in.

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More lovely photos Lee, especially the pics of Tove on EE. On the going for a spin pic, have you reversed the photo, as I was trying to picture where it was shot from. FOTLK again nice photos. What ISO were theses taken at? I agree grain is an issue in low light, but you could always treat yourself to some faster lenses Did you ride the safari at all?
Hi Nigel, no I didn't reverse the photo so it may have been the angle at which I was holding the camera. Or more likely, I turned around and took the photo 'behind' me, over my shoulder, which I do quite often on EE, but I honestly can't remember.

FOTLK - checked the EXIF info: Shot at 72 mm F4.5 and ISO at 2500. Second show I used my 50 mm prime (similar to the Canon nifty fifty I think) and it was obviously fixed focal length but ISO 1500 - 2000 at F2 and F2.5

The 50 mm would have been great if we had been closer to the front but although we were early and got good seats, I couldn't see for the kids jumping about in front of us and we actually moved back as it was my only chance so the ones with the 50mm are ok as shot, but I had to crop them. FWIW, the kids in front of us were little and not being naughty, but just excited and it would have been mean to say anything. Next trip, if I haven't bought it, I am hiring the Nikor F2.8 24-70

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They were really super this year. There are always the ones I don't keep and it can be bit hit and miss, but with longer trips I think you have the opportunity to even out the odds and we did get a few non 'typical' photos which always makes it worth it.
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ANIMAL KINGDOM - Part 4

We didn't do the Safari this year as the day we were going to do it was the one where we went home when I just didn't feel up to anything much. We also never got to Rafiki's Planet Watch, which DD really wanted to do, as well as not doing any of the nature trails. It was a strange visit this year but I think the combination of shorter park hours, weather we weren't used to dealing with there and me being sick all played a part. I suspect our saving grace is that we have done this several times before and we know we are going back again, and sometimes you just have to write off these things as stuff that happens now and then and just enjoy the good bits

We rode Kali River Rapids a few times the first day we were there, which was really hot and I'm glad we did because if we hadn't, we probably would have missed that out too. I am sure they have changed that attraction to make you get wetter We are always wet, usually drenched but this year everyone in the raft was dripping with water and each time we rode, there was at least half a foot of water lying in the bottom of the raft. It was good fun, even though it spelled out the end of the contact lenses I was wearing

We had to visit our favorite friends from the 100 acre wood of course. For those of you who don't know, or haven't figured out by my user name, I LOVE Tigger - so much so that I called my daughter Tigger (shortened to Tiggi) before she was even born and the name stuck. She then started calling me Tiggi back (and we still do!) hence, the 2Tiggies (It's not her real name though She's called Tové)

Anyway, on with the report


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Eeyore and Tové by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


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Pooh and Tové by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

Tove likes Piglet but we had to go elsewhere to meet him so those pics will follow in another park. Photopass is a great service to have in this location, as some people don't test the batteries in their flash until it's too late and then have to 'steal' the flash light by trying to anticipate when the PP guy is going to hit his shutter button I will get some of the Photopass pics on here as well as theirs came out nicer

This year brought in a new past time for DD: SHOPPING!! Have I mentioned it before? I'm sure I will again. It was quite incredible to see the girl who used to always hate shops, seemingly incapable of walking past any location with a cash register without wanting to go in Anyway, she was VERY patient with me and my photos so I tried to offer the same courtesy and she is always more than willing to pose for a photo


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Tree of Life by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


DSC_0827 by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


Grumpy? Yeah! by 2Tiggies, on Flickr

I haven't uploaded all my photos to Flickr yet and seem to be missing a bunch of them but I think there are enough AK ones here to give a fair overview.


Pretty creatures by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


Feathered friend by 2Tiggies, on Flickr


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Awesome carvings by 2Tiggies, on Flickr
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Loving the latest batch of photos, especially the ones from FOLTK. That was one show we didn't manage to get to on our trip. If I'd known it was closing I'd have made more effort. Doh!

Your links behind the photos are going to a "No Permission" page on flickr for me. I don't use flickr myself, but I presume you need to make them semi-public (ie viewable for people with the link)? I was going to look at the EXIF for the FOTLK photos and see just how good your Nikon is if these are unadjusted . There is noise but it's not bad at all.

It's another good reason to use LR4 or some other image editor though - if you take these RAW, LR4 can do amazing things with noise reduction. A great thing about it is that you can filter your photos by ISO, and then apply the same NR setting across all the iso-ISO photos (hah, geek joke!) in one go. Very handy. My 7D will go up to ISO 6400 normally, and LR4 deals with noise at that level pretty well (most of the low light ones on my TR are at ISO6400). If you've got a FF body (not sure what yours is), obviously you should be able to go even higher for the same noise.

I'm sounding like an Adobe salesman now. I'll shut up. Carry on! .
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So I posted a response on here two days ago .... and it's not here I can't imagine posting anything bad enough for a mod to delete it (check: nope, no PM's ).

Rex008, I will have to redo my answers to your questions/comments again as soon as I've grabbed some dinner. Apologies. Not sure what happened here ... unless I didn't hit submit and closed the browser
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Loving the latest batch of photos, especially the ones from FOLTK. That was one show we didn't manage to get to on our trip. If I'd known it was closing I'd have made more effort. Doh!

Your links behind the photos are going to a "No Permission" page on flickr for me. I don't use flickr myself, but I presume you need to make them semi-public (ie viewable for people with the link)? I was going to look at the EXIF for the FOTLK photos and see just how good your Nikon is if these are unadjusted . There is noise but it's not bad at all.

It's another good reason to use LR4 or some other image editor though - if you take these RAW, LR4 can do amazing things with noise reduction. A great thing about it is that you can filter your photos by ISO, and then apply the same NR setting across all the iso-ISO photos (hah, geek joke!) in one go. Very handy. My 7D will go up to ISO 6400 normally, and LR4 deals with noise at that level pretty well (most of the low light ones on my TR are at ISO6400). If you've got a FF body (not sure what yours is), obviously you should be able to go even higher for the same noise.

I'm sounding like an Adobe salesman now. I'll shut up. Carry on! .
Oh you don't have to sell Adobe to me .... I am purchasing Lightroom this month I wasn't smart about when I downloaded the free trial, but ironically the Lion King show photos were the ones that I put through there as they were the ones that needed the most help. I deleted a LOT though and had many that were completely unusable! I am going to get a book/eBook (yes, the Scott Kelby one) as I don't know anything really about post processing and will need a complete version for dummies course. I did like the little sliders that let you bring out the shadows though and that helped a lot with these ones. I don't know how to work the de-noise though. The luminance slider that I thought was meant to do that softened the images and I really like mine sharper than not. But as stated, I need to get the product now and spend some time using it to get the most out of it

I have a Nikon D90 which I love. There is really no merit in me going full frame at this stage, if at all.

Regarding Flickr, my albums are private - it allows you to post the code onto forums/websites, etc but I didn't realize it doesn't allow the viewer to see the exif info. I am happy to post it on here for you Just let me know which ones you are after the info for and I can give it all to you.

I can't remember what my camera's max ISO setting is but I never bump it to the max because if pictures are too noisy I WILL delete them so at 2000 I could live with it and I didn't push it any further except for a few that were at 2500, only a handful of which I kept (I think I kept 3).

Next up, wrapping up AK with a few photopass photos and a quick overview and then I though Magic Kingdom? I'm open to any requests however
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Oh you don't have to sell Adobe to me .... I am purchasing Lightroom this month I wasn't smart about when I downloaded the free trial, but ironically the Lion King show photos were the ones that I put through there as they were the ones that needed the most help. I deleted a LOT though and had many that were completely unusable! I am going to get a book/eBook (yes, the Scott Kelby one) as I don't know anything really about post processing and will need a complete version for dummies course. I did like the little sliders that let you bring out the shadows though and that helped a lot with these ones. I don't know how to work the de-noise though. The luminance slider that I thought was meant to do that softened the images and I really like mine sharper than not. But as stated, I need to get the product now and spend some time using it to get the most out of it
Unfortunately you get nothing for free, and de-noise is certainly included in that; it will almost always soften the images somewhat. Usual way I do it is do the colour (color ) noise first, change that until the coloured spots just disappear, then gently increase the luminance until the noise is nearly gone, but don't go too far. Then up the detail and contrast a bit until the noise starts coming back. Can then play with sharpening and clarity a bit, but that may reintroduce the noise, so have to be careful. I've got a few presets saved in LR for various ISO, so it's a one click job to get pretty close, and then little tweaks depending on the conditions in the shot.
Of course at the end of the day it's not magic, and a lower ISO will always be better, but that's always a compromise with something else.

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I thought that until I went to Disney . I did come away with a bit of gadget-urge. FF cameras handle high ISO soooo much better - I've seen test shots of the new Canon 5DMkIII where you can barely see any noise at 6400, and it goes up to 128000, which gives you >4 more full stops to play with if you need quick shutter speeds.

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Regarding Flickr, my albums are private - it allows you to post the code onto forums/websites, etc but I didn't realize it doesn't allow the viewer to see the exif info. I am happy to post it on here for you Just let me know which ones you are after the info for and I can give it all to you.

I can't remember what my camera's max ISO setting is but I never bump it to the max because if pictures are too noisy I WILL delete them so at 2000 I could live with it and I didn't push it any further except for a few that were at 2500, only a handful of which I kept (I think I kept 3).
Totally fair enough. I was just curious what the FOTLK were shot at. 2000-2500 is nice. If they'd been shot at 6400 I might have been tempted to defect to the dark side! . I suspect my Canon 7D would perform similarly at that ISO, so that's ok .

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Grumpy pic........PRICELESS!!!!!
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Just caught up and LOVE your amazing photos

I saw you posting on someone else's TR that you were "trying to learn" more about photography but wow - you don't look like you need "L Plates" to me

I really like this way of doing a TR as well (park by park etc)

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Apologies for the lengthy absence. The truth is ...... I forgot about this with all the goings on of life in general and remembered when I came back to check for updates on a few TR's I've been following

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She took a few Nigel - not as many as previously and after a crash course in exposure on my 'big' camera she enjoyed making me pose (like she was a blooming film director ) and taking photos with the DSLR after which she announced in a very matter of fact tone "I like your camera now. Is anywhere open for icecream?"

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Just caught up and LOVE your amazing photos

I saw you posting on someone else's TR that you were "trying to learn" more about photography but wow - you don't look like you need "L Plates" to me

I really like this way of doing a TR as well (park by park etc)

Can't wait for more!!!!
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I really am still learning. I always loved taking photos but it was only since around May this year when I really started to work on understanding the technical aspects of photography and I'm still slightly overwhelmed by it all. The main thing is I really enjoyed it, even the mistakes I made - because I learned so much through trial (and lots of) error

The park by park style is due to part laziness I'm afraid. That, and not keeping a daily journal this year made it impossible to do a day by day.

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I'm going to wrap up the Animal Kingdom in this post so we can move along. Christmas is coming and this TR is not progressing the way I intended, lol.

My general overview of AK is that it's a beautiful park, especially if you enjoy taking photos or even just stopping to spend time discovering the incredible details which seem to be intertwined and hidden in everything. What I will say is that my hunch proved correct; I always said that is one park I would NOT want to be in when the heavens opened and we only needed one experience there to see this confirmed as true. There is NOWHERE to run for shelter really, and the little shelters set up are done so that the appeared to have been intended to leak (like full force waterfalls!) in the downpours.

We missed the Finding Nemo show because we got stuck in Yak & Yeti CS - the Looooooongest wait I have ever had in a short line and then there was bedlam in there as nobody could move! I eventually asked a guest to pull my poncho over my tray of food and we made a run for it to the FP for EE. The parade was cancelled and we never got to the show. The upside was that suddenly what had been very harsh light, turned lovely and soft after the rain and we got some Photopass pics taken in spots where every year the highlights have been blown out and colors lacked vibrance Most of my non show/character photos I bothered to upload to Flickr were taken after the rain.

Anyway, that's my overview of AK

Gorgeous park and contrary to what is often stated, it is a park where I could easily spend two full days to really enjoy all it has to offer.

One last FOTLK photo and one from the EE queue area, and I'm going to start on MK, if I have a hope of ever finishing this


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