Monday, August 02, 2010

How To Photograph Meeting The Mouse

It was a high point of his trip! He told me, "I love all of the characters." The little boy part of him wants to believe they are real, the practical, I want to know how everything works part of him reminded us they were just costumes.

40mm | ISO 2000 | f/4.0 | ss 1/100

Taking pictures at Disneyland can be a bit tricky. One minute you are in bright light and the next it is dark and shadowy. One minute you want a sweeping wide angle view and the next you want the up close detail. Top it all off with long days and you've got to limit your choices!

I chose to carry my camera on me as usual with one lens tucked away in my bag, just in case. I shot almost everything with my 17-40mm f/4.0 L lens. I compromised a wide aperture for the great quality glass.

Our shot with Mickey was in a tight dark space that my 50mm 1.4 just wasn't going to be wide enough. I didn't carry a flash since you can't use it in most places anyway and I didn't want the weight. I bumped my ISO up high enough to get a shutter speed that would stop movement and shot away. I was counting on Ian being pretty still for the photos and the Mouse to be picture taking savvy. He was! It all worked!

What's your biggest frustration with amusement park photos? I'd love to hear it! I'll be posting Disneyland photos all week!

This is also my M photo for a fun photo challenge at GetItScrapped this month! We'll be working our way through the alphabet all month! Obviously not in order!


Michele Barbalet said...

The last time I went to Disneyland the park was crazy packed. I found myself not taking as many photos because of it. The few that I had had strangers heads in them.

rmeyfe said...

Seems like everyone I know is at the most happiest places on earth!! You are all making me wish that we could take the boys. The last time I was at Disney it was just me and hubby. We handed out little point and shoot camera over to someone who worked there and they took an okay picture of the two of us with Mickey.

Myra said...

My biggest frustration? A little boy who was terrified of the mouse. :( After waiting in line, we had to leave. But your photo? Perfection!!!

Cheryl said...

I guess my frustration is that having two young kids my hands area pretty busy with one or the other and I feel like I miss a lot.
Cute kid. Thanks for stopping by!


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