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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Indiana Jones Extreme Epic Stunt Spectacular
This past trip, I was able to catch a rare personal viewing of the Indiana Jones Extreme Epic Stunt Spectacular in the Disney-MGM Studios. Having not seen the show since 2003, this was a rare opportunity to patch a hole in my photo galleries with images of this exciting show.

The show educates the audience on how stunts from the movies are safely done, despite the potential for disaster at any given moment...

Taken with a Canon 5d and 70-200 f/4 L.

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Monday, June 11, 2007
The Mad Hatter Teacups
This super wide angle of the "teacups" was taken well after The Magic Kingdom closed on 6/4/2007. I find this shot to be quite intriguing as I don't particularly enjoy rides that spin you around like you are trapped in a washing machine. Taken with a Canon 5d with 17-40 f/4 L lens on a Velbon Ultra Luxif Tripod with Manfrotto Pistol Grip Head...

My buddy Michael from Explore the Magic and I pretty much had our run of the place until we were passively aggressively nudged out the door by Disney Security, but it was a really nice opportunity to get some new photos that I was never able to get before.

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Permalink      Written at 9:34 PM by Tim.
The Perfect Castle Photograph
I was with my buddy Michael from Explore the Magic.com in the Magic Kingdom last Monday, long after most of the crowd had left and we were walking around taking night time photos with a tripod.

I was finally able to get what I consider my perfect Cinderella Castle night time photo. Nobody in the shot, not a hint of blur, 100 % sharp, 100% beautiful.

I have found my holy grail of Cinderella Castle photos and now it is time to order a 16"x20" print of this photo to frame and hang on the wall of my office.

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It really is a fun and rewarding thing to take a photo and know that you nailed it on the head and as soon as I fired the shutter on this one, I knew I had found gold.

Taken with a Canon 5d with 24-105 f/4 L lens on a Velbon Ultra Luxif Tripod with Manfrotto Pistol Grip Head...

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Trip Report 6/4 - 6/7
6/4/07
Got off work, 2 hours sleep, on a plane to WDW. Got picked up at MCO by Jackie-O and April (hi, April) and went to Magic Kingdom, rode the TTA, and met up with Agent 71. Rode Space Mtn. twice and then ate dinner at the Plaza Restaurant before meeting Michael from Explore the Magic in Town Square. We then rode the Jungle Cruise, heckling the skipper (Chelsea) with a rousing Hi-O (think Ed McMahon from the Tonight Show) after every punch line but she was a good sport about it.

A trip through Pirates, Thunder Mtn., and Haunted Mansion and we hustled back to Town Square for Wishes! The other folks went home and Michael and I had the run of the park for photos before leaving exhausted but photo-filled.

6/5/07
Went to MGM and saw Indy Jones for the first time in years then saw Muppetvision and also rode the Backlot Tour. Met up with a cast member friend who created a Magical Moment for me to get some awesome new photos. I don't want to go into too much detail so as to not get the cast member into any potential trouble but it was really awesome.

Then it was off to Epcot to see some of the Flower and Garden festival. Unfortunately, some of the flowers and exhibits had been removed already but the remaining topiaries were beautiful. A trip around World Showcase with stops at Gran Fiesta Tour (love it), the Chinese Acrobats, and the World Showcase Players in Italy before eating dinner at the Liberty Inn set the stage for a lot of fun the rest of the night in Future World. Also met a new cast member friend, Jaime, Stops on Spaceship Earth, Mission Space, Imagination, Living with the Land, and Soarin' rounded out the night.

6/6/07
Met up with Michael and spent significant time on Tom Sawyer Island, getting lots of great photos of an area I very rarely visit. After that, we spent some time in the Hall of Presidents before doing some shopping...

After going to MGM and meeting up with Agent 71 and Jaime once again, the skies opened up and never stopped... it rained, and rained, and rained. Finally Agent 71 and Jaime and I went to Beaches and Cream, ate dinner, then attempted a Kitchen Sink.... we failed miserably to finish it but it was a lot of fun.

All in all about 1000 pics taken in 2 1/2 days, saw at least 4-5 members of the TMIP forums while there and had a great time. Pics coming soon....

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Permalink      Written at 4:58 AM by Tim.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
ABOUT THE UGLY LAYOUT...
It seems that Blogger is having a lot of issues right now where layouts and templates are not being updated without causing some serious errors. As of now there is nothing I can do to fix this and the problem is not on my end. I ask that you bear with me through this aggravation and hopefully the nice layout that you are accustomed to will return shortly.

Thanks for your patience and support in this problem.



UPDATE
OK... Layout has been reverted back to normal.... sorry for those few days... More pics coming very soon.

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Permalink      Written at 1:39 PM by Tim.