Friday, February 15, 2013

Photo Tip: Go Black & White

Sitting at the back of the Monorail, I tried taking a photo of my daughter.  I noticed right away that the background was too busy and not enough focus on my daughter, which was the whole point of me taking the photo.

I changed the setting to monochrome (black and white) and zoomed in on my daughter's face.  What a difference!  

Changing your photo to black and white can help focus your photo and remove the background noise.  Try it!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Photo Tip: Change Your Perspective, Change Your Photo

You can always take a photo of an object by simply standing in front of it.  Like the one below.

Or, you can change your perspective and get a completely new photo of the same object.  Try it!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Photo Tip: Change Your Camera Angle

Are you taking photos straight on?  Meaning, are you standing in front of the object, trying to fit the object in your frame and then taking a picture like the one below?

Why not try angling your camera a bit?  It adds more personality to your photo!  

Friday, February 8, 2013

The Haunted Mansion's Pet Cemetery

Have you ever stopped to notice the pet cemetery at the Haunted Mansion?  There's quite a few beloved creatures!

A closer look

And let's not forget Sparky from Frankenweenie who made a special appearance during Halloween 2012.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

My Favorite Photo

Welcome to those of you joining me from Can Do It Mom AKA Mouse Fan Diane and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

February Topic: Share Your Favorite Disney Photo and the Story Behind It

As the family photographer, I'm obsessed with taking photos at Disneyland because of the magical memories I can capture. That said, I have THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of photos from each trip. I visit Disneyland about 6-7 times a year and come back with a minimum of 600 photos. Yes, some are duds, but most of them of photos of my family and then I take a bunch for the scavenger hunts. Thinking of my absolute favorite photos, I always come back to this one:

This was Halloween 2010 when my daughter was 2 years old. She was dressed as Tinker Bell and while we were waiting for the rest of our family by the rest room, she was dancing around in circles in New Orleans Square. I saw it as a good opportunity to capture her prancing around and I happened to catch her in the right moment with the biggest cheese of a smile on her face. This photo warms my heart every time because I can see the pure happiness in her face.

I have a DSLR which is great because it has a fast shutter speed. Point-and-shoot cameras are convenient because of their size but there is a delay in the shutter, which means you can easily miss a precious moment. If you have kids, a DSLR is a must because kids do not sit still! Had I not had my DSLR, I would've never been able to capture this smile on my daughter because it literally happened in less than a second.

Speaking of photos, visit me next week as I share several (easy!) tips for taking better photos.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is Disney in Our Blood.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

Final Stop ~ Disney in Our Blood

Monday, February 4, 2013

Riding the Lilly Belle

I recently was privileged with taking a ride on the Lilly Belle -- the Presidential Parlor Car of the Disneyland Railroad. 

The Lilly Belle is named after Walt Disney's wife, Lillian and hosts dignitaries, celebrities and other VIPs.  It's pulled by the C.K. Holiday train and does not operate everyday.  I was very lucky to hop aboard as I happened to sit in the train car right in front of it and asked the Cast Member how I could get a ticket.  I was told that it was not in operation because the Main Street Station was undergoing remodeling.  The Cast Member then asked what station I was going to.  I told him Tomorrowland which was the very next station.  He then told me to quickly hop inside the Lilly Belle for a quick ride.  I was stoked!

There are some really special touches inside.  For example, the carpeting is the same carpet used in Walt's apartment on Main Street and includes a Hidden Mickey!  

There are a set of three books, replicas of the stories Walt would read his daughters.

This is a robe that was a gift to Lillian Disney (I already forgot who gave it to her).

Before we arrived at Tomorrowland, I got to sign the guest book.  All Lilly Belle guests are to sign the book and once the book is filled, it gets sent to the Cast Member office.

This was a special privilege that I will remember forever.  One day I hope to enjoy a full ride around the park and get an official Lilly Belle ticket.  If you'd like to ride the Lilly Belle, head over to the Main Street Station and ask a Cast Member for a ticket.  It's not guaranteed, but you might get lucky!  I have asked twice in the past and this was the first time I got in, so don't give up! 

Friday, February 1, 2013

February 2013: Monthly Disneyland & California Adventure Photo Scavenger Hunt List

The February Scavenger Hunt lists are here!  Both are fresh with images from the week of January 28, so it's as up-to-date as possible.  This is also one of the easiest lists I've put together, so if you've never tried to do a scavenger hunt at Disneyland or California Adventure, these lists are a good introduction.

This month's hunt has a snap shot of the item you're tasked to find in each land. Once you find it, snap a photo with it as proof that you found it.  Don't forget to click the image to enlarge and print.



Need to find the rules to the Photo Scavenger Hunt? Visit the tab at the top of this blog for a printable Rules page.

Print out your list and go hunting for the items on your next Disneyland/California Adventure visit. If you’re stuck on something, let me know and I’ll be happy to provide a clue.

Good luck and have fun!
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