THE PICTURE OF THE DAY – October 8, 2012


happy birthday - Haunted Mansion Birthday Ghost
Happy Birthday!
Canon 1dMk4, Canon 70-200 f/2.8 IS, 1/80 sec, f/2.8, ISO 12,800 – Taken 8/1/2012

“Happy Birthday”

by Tim Devine

As many of you know, yesterday was my 36th birthday so I thought I would share with you one of the shots that I had taken during our recent trip to Walt Disney World.  Using my Canon 1dMk4 and a Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS/USM that I had borrowed from Kingdom Camera Rentals, I went for an extreme closeup on the birthday ghost in the Haunted Mansion ballroom scene.  I gave it a black and white twist in Adobe Photoshop and boosted the contrast a bit to create the final image.

I hadn’t had the opportunity to check out the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L IS/USM before and it is an absolutely beautiful lens.  Nice and fast and razor sharp.  I can definitely see my self borrowing that one again.  Now that I have received my new Canon 1Dx camera, which features a native ISO up to 51,200 (and expandable up to a whopping 204,800), I would LOVE to try this shot once again with the benefit of a little bit more ISO.  That is the beauty of digital photography – you can always try new things and then find ways to refine them and make them better.   What do you think about this shot?  Do you like the black and white conversion?

Please leave you comments in the section at the end of this article, and please reach out to my friends at Kingdom Camera Rentals for all of your camera and lens rental needs…  their inventory (still expanding) is in tip-top condition and their customer service is second to none.  Tell them that The Magic in Pixels sent you!

 Post Processing:  Adobe Photoshop CS5 Raw Conversion, Boost and Sharpen, Black and White conversion

Photo taken 8/1/2012

The Haunted Mansion, Liberty Square, Magic Kingdom

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