Hey, what’s up? Where have you been?

Hey guys what is up, just thought I would drop in here and give you an update of how thing are going.  Yes, I am still on Instagram posting daily, well almost daily.   I’ve been blessed with passing the 200k followers even with the shitty algorithm crimping the account each day.  I swear I think the more followers you have the more the put the boot on you so you can ‘promote’ your posts.  Funny thing is I tried it once and it was just like before the likes to followers ratio, and I get it they need to make money somehow.  But I’m not the type to be paying for promotions every week, sorry.

As for the YouTube stuff, it’s been going very good.  The video are a ton of fun to make and when I thought I had started to repeat myself I asked the wife if I should just stop since there really isn’t anything new.  So she came up with the awesome idea to include food reviews and that is what we have been doing.   So I alternate between a photo video to a food one.  And each photo video I treat like if you are watching it for the first time.  My goal with YouTube is to finally get a check from them, then I’ll see what happens to it.

Finally, just want to say people are strange like Elvis once said, you can walk into a room filled with people and you still feel alone.   While I try to not let the little thing bother me and I’m very clear on why I am taking photos.  For me and my family, a way to get out of the house, a chance to better my photography,  a chance to try something new.  With that said, the amount of ‘friends’ I see visiting the parks with others and no invite extended is almost a joke to me now and somewhat expected.  Trust me it’s all good.  Don’t care.

So there you go there is my update today 8/30/2019,  gotta go and prepare for Hurracaine Dorian.




Climbing that hill. I can see the top finally!

Well, it’s been four months since my last entry.  And I guess a lot has happened since.  First I just his the 15,000,000 likes.  Honored really. How amazing that people still like the pictures after 5 years.  I’m still loving all the comments and DM’s I get and I sure try to reply back to all of them.

Anyway, I think I’ve finally got a hold of the YouTube stuff.  And funny enough any account under 4000 hours and 1000 subscribers can’t get monetized starting March 1st. Well, that’s me.     And even now I don’t regret I started at the age I’m at now. To be honest I find it a challenge to get there.

As for software, I’ve upgraded to Premiere Pro, what a cool piece of software, and yeah it does come with a price, but using my daughters account I get 40 percent off, plus I think I can afford it.   While Pinnacle was great it’s really a starter software.

I’ve broken down my videos into really three types,  One the ‘how to’ and photography tutorials, the quick 2-4 minute one while driving around WDW and the Lightroom basics.  Besides the Lightroom basics, all have been well received.

I’m learning a ton of editing and putting the pieces together has been one of the coolest things I’ve done in a while.   Down from the opener video, end clips, music etc.    As for hardware, my good old Canon 80d is performing awesome.  You can really tell how it excels when used for video.  And after weeks I’ve finally got the settings to make me look ‘normal’ and not an 80 year old.

Just subscribed also to a music site which has amazing music so can’t wait to play with that as well.

But at this point, I can say I am happy. I am doing videos and loving it.   Just like before my main focus is ‘Me and my photography around the parks’ nothing else.  If you want to see WDW favorite shows or another promo style video be my guest. It’s not my thing.  I think the closest I’ll get to that is showcasing something but it’s not my focus of the channel.  It’s about me, it’s about what I love to do and how I do it.  That is what is fun for me, and that is how I survived so long on IG.  I do what I love not what others want or say I should do.




So long YouTube

Well,  that was fast, considering that my last post was on my New YouTube channel.   Just a couple of months in and I’ve decided to ax it.

One of the things I always wanted to do was do instructional videos from inside the park,  something different, something that I’ve been asked many times to do.  Also since I’ve seen so many people who just turn on the camera and talk in their bedroom, I’m sorry but I don’t find the fun in that.  Don’t get me wrong I have nothing against it but it isn’t my cup of tea.  As a photographer that goes a lot to Disney, I want videos to show me secrets, settings, examples.

From the couple of videos I did, one which was particularly fun was the ND filters.  I shot over two days in DHS and even included example pictures.  Music, intro,  the whole mambo, what a fun time.  Well shortly after uploaded it got tagged as ‘video not suitable for advertisers’.  I had to laugh.  And while I’m not trying to make a living off of YouTube and already have a steady job.  I’m not going to waste time on something free.   And wait, so someone unboxing a pin or talking about their Disney haul wasn’t?  So I hit the review button and wait.  A week later it’s approved.

So I follow up with a couple of more videos, this time getting into the editing, the meat of the process, what I get asked 1000 times over and over.  How do you edit this, how do you edit that?

Again flagged.

Another measly attempt, This time a video of photo stacking, the secret photographers don’t want to share… the same thing.

Are you kidding me?   One last try, this time a video showing how I edited the Hogwarts castle.   Same.   Ok, guys, I give up, you win.  YouTube isn’t for me I guess.  I’ll stick to my Instagram account.  Thankfully I don’t live off of this anyway, and I do admit I came late to the game.  But one thing I don’t regret was that at least I tried.


What? You are on YouTube

Wow, that is hard.  If you haven’t seen already seen I’ve posted a couple of YouTube videos.  From camera basics to shooting with ND filters.  I must tell you it’s hard stuff.  First I hate the sound of my voice and hearing myself only highlights how I cut into sentences.   But that is ok.  I’m taking it one step at a time.  And the editing is probably the hardest part and time muncher.  Remember I do have a full-time job.

Anyway, one thing I am trying to avoid like the plague is the quick video with a Disney background and not provide good content.  Again, not that what is out there is bad just that for me if you are giving camera tips,  you gotta get out there and show what you are doing.

Another thing I’m asked a lot is how I edit stuff, and that coming also. so i’ll start simple and work my way up on those.      If I caught your attention and you want to check them out you can find it here

Disney Nuts YouTube

As always, take care.





How I shot that? Thunder Mountain

Thunder mountain is an amazing but very fast ride.  And you guaranteed to be swinging left and right.  As a rule, ANY ride I always keep the camera strap on and if anything feels strange I will just press the camera on my chest.  This is how I take my camera on Expedition Everest.  On other wet rides, I’ll use my hat to cover it.  🙂   Back to the ride, I’ve been trying for a long time to get some good ‘action’ shots.  So when I got the Canon 80d, one of the things that I liked about it was the ability to shoot at 1/8000 of a second.  Both my previous cameras (t3, t5i) only did 1/4000 and while that is freaking fast per say.  I knew I needed that extra edge.

So I set up my camera for Manual, which means I can lock the shutter at 1/5000 as well as the f-stop, which in this case f2.8 and let it go crazy on the ISO.  What I got was a somewhat noisy picture but the action was frozen, score!!!

Now note I have done a couple of failed tries, one using 1/8000 and the iso was just too high and the quality looked like a blackberry from the 80’s.

As for post editing, this is what I did.  I brought up the shadows to show the train cabin. And if you look closely you can see the noise on it.  Then with a brush in lightroom, I removed the noise setting it to 80%.  I could have brightened it more but since the eye looks for the brightest part in the picture I left the sunset bright as well as the train on the top.  Then brought up the orange and yellow and there you go.  Hope this helps anyone out.

An expensive camera doesn’t always equal great photos.

Yep, hate to say it. Running out and getting an expensive camera won’t make you an instant great photographer.   Why do I say this? Every once and while I get a snarky comment under a photo about how I edit my photos or how it’s over edit this or that.  It’s funny since many of them don’t even follow me?  #AdmitItYouAreAFan

So why do they even bother?  Beats me,  I guess they can’t stand I have a certain amount of followers with a camera you can get at Walmart and my stock lens. And regarding followers, I get nastygrams for that also. I guess I buy my likes also.  With over 10,000,000 likes so far I guess I have a lot of money to burn.  Just for you to know I average 15-22k likes a day.

Anyway to all those ‘professional’ people who troll my account and can’t stand what I do just want you to know that I have a blast doing it, and I ain’t stopping anytime soon.  So you can rant of how I edit the photos, I don’t care it’s my art, and newsflash, you edit yours too.  The moment you adjust a slider on your editing software you have ‘edited’ your picture.  Second, try to have fun taking pictures don’t try to make it such a science on what you are doing.  It’s funny to see people so focused on the equipment behind it and how it’s supposed to be good since I used the 3k lens.  A most important don’t get any if my pics looks like yours, it’s Disney and at the end, we are taking pictures of the same thing.

Oh, by the way, I did finally upgrade my camera to an 80d and have a better lens. Maybe now I can take better pictures like the other guys.

The new toy – Canon 80d

So finally getting out of the house after being sick what looks like an eternity, I was able to get out and shoot.  As you may have seen my T5i decided not to wake up one morning.  So jumping on the Amazon CC offer I went ahead and got myself the 80d.   I’ve been looking at it for a while, first, the viewfinder is 100% and much larger which helps with my eyesight.  Second, the dynamic range and colors are rated twice what I had before.

So after a couple of weeks. I can say that I’m still getting used to the menus and settings. With my t5i I used to use a software hack called Magic Lantern had custom settings which were extremely helpful when doing bracketed shots since I didn’t have to set it up each time I turned on the camera while on my night shots.  Here I do. That’s ok.

I’m still trying to figure out the best settings in lightroom as well as bracketing shots, so far it seems 5 shots is the magic number.  But other differences from my t5i is the viewfinder, it’s a 100% of what you are shooting and works using a prism, dynamic range (colors depths) and resolution are so much better.  I am truly loving this device.  Oh, by the way, ts name is ‘Tres’ which stands for three, since it’s my third DSLR

It’s like the blocking never ends?

As you may know, I am part of a Facebook group called Disney Colors.  And it’s a wonderful group of people sharing images, stories and photo challenges. And one of the golden rules is to no allow outside links, the reason being a very simple one. It quickly becomes a trashcan of people posting back to their photography pages.  And we have seen that all too many times in these groups.  And when you have the same bunch posting the same pic in 20 groups you know how annoying that gets!

But the offenders we get are the best, not only do they never post anything or have interacted with anyone they quickly post something like ‘If this isn’t allowed please delete…’ I chuckle each time I see that.  “Removed and blocked”.  Out of curiosity, I’ll go check what they posted, and 99.99% of the time is some ad infested site, yep trying to make a buck off Disney.  And don’t get me wrong I don’t have anything against that but if this isn’t the group for it the why post it?

The most recent one was a couple talking about gaining followers on Instagram, so when I go check their accounts they had less that 500 combined. I mean really?

Anyway, I look back only to find the offenders block me on IG.  Which is fine. I here for the pretty pictures and to share the magic, if you like my channel fine, and if you don’t it’s fine too.

10,000,000 likes and counting…

So last month I passed the 10,000,000 likes on Instagram. Yep that is the big 10.  I’m ecstatic!   Almost three years posting daily to get here.   And while it’s easy to get caught in the follower’s numbers, it’s the likes on the photos which make my day.

How does it feel? Awesome I guess.  First I want to thank Disney, Like I have said over and over, if it weren’t for Disney my account wouldn’t be where it is today.    So if you are reading this and contributed to the number, thank you.

So long twitter, time to focus on Facebook

Yep, I knew this day was coming.  While I won’t officially close the account there. I have stopped posting pictures on twitter.   While I find it fun and rewarding just like the other social media platforms, I don’t think it’s a platform for pictures.

What I have been doing is focusing on my Photography facebook page which just last week passed the 5000 followers, responses are good and at the end of the day everyone has Facebook.  It’s funny since I started my facebook page after all my friends who work for Disney started hiding my feed.  🙂