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Patrick Bianchi's "Pirate Cove": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Family Photography, Giveaway, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, Instagram giveaway, sidekick360, Walt Disney World, Disney World

Congratulations to Patrick Bianchi, last week's SideKick360 winner, for this "accidentally awesome" shot taken earlier this month in Disney World.

"Wow!  I can't believe I won!!  I'm an amateur photographer from New Jersey who really only started to find his groove this year. I got my first DSLR (a Rebel T3) in 2011, and would only pick it up once in a while to play with, but never really learned much about it. Then, this year I started to read up about photography - A LOT!  During this time, I came to the conclusion that my Rebel was not really sufficient for the type of photography I wanted to do. This past summer I bought my Canon 70D, which is what I used to take this picture. I practiced with it as much as possible in preparation for my trip to Disney World two weeks ago - it would be Christmastime, so I knew I'd be taking a ton of pictures. I'd also want to take some dark ride photos while I was there and that's how this one came to be.

For this shot, I used a Sigma Art Series 30mm prime lens. I used aperture priority set to f/2 and let the camera decide on shutter speed (1/10 sec) and ISO (3200). On these dark Disney rides, you need a wide aperture in order to keep the shutter speed fast enough to not have a blurry mess. For those unfamiliar with the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, they have an animatronic Jack Sparrow at the very end. I was taking pictures of him while the boat was moving, and then we stopped just ahead of it waiting for other boats to unload. Having the boat stopped allowed me to stabilize the camera a bit more and get a longer exposure of the lantern and barrels. Since the aperture was open pretty wide, it created a nice depth of field and a really cool look. When I was going through and tweaking my photos from the trip in Lightroom, I saw how accidentally awesome this one came out and knew I had to post it. And I'm sure glad I did!! - Patrick

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Oliver Rogers' "Posing": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by Colleen Carlisle-Nicholas       Category Bird Photography, Travel Photography       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, sidekick360, Instagram giveaway

Love photographing animals, but having trouble getting out into the wilderness? Why not try a small, local zoo? SideKick360 winner, Oliver Rogers did just that when a surgery forced him to stay close to home.

"This photo was taken at the Naples Zoo. I had ACL surgery that week, so I wasn't able to do my typical photos of wildlife and fish on my own. I had to go to a place that was accessible for me. My first thought was the zoo. I found a very friendly pair of Military Macaws. This guy loved modeling for me." - Oliver

Kirk Ragoonath's "Gator": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Travel Photography, nature photography, Wildlife Photography       Tags American Alligator, Florida Everglades, MeFOTO Instagram Giveaway, Instagram giveaway

Stretching from just south of Orlando all the way to Florida Bay, the Florida Everglades is a tropical wetlands covering more than 734 square miles. Kirk Rangoonath, our SideKick360 winner for 11/14/14, has spent years capturing the beauty of this unique ecosystem.

"If you ever get to visit the Florida Everglades, the first thing you will probably notice is the abundance of American Alligators. I have taken quite a few alligator pics over the years, but I really liked how this image turned out with the lack of wind and low light conditions. I usually shoot in direct sunlight, so I really wasn't sure how the image would come out. In this case, it seems to have worked out well. Learning everyday with every shot! This image was taken in Big Cypress National Preserve on a beautiful late afternoon." - Kirk

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Steve Tanzer's "Maleficent Roars": MeFOTO Instagram Weekly Winner

  by MeFOTO Blog       Category Family Photography, Travel Photography, Giveaway       Tags MeFOTO Giveaway, instagram giveaway, Walt Disney World, Festival of Fantasy Parade, Maleficent the Dragon

Count on Disney for fantasy, fun and grand parades! Disney debuted their new Festival of Fantasy Parade in Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom earlier this year and it's a stunner. Featuring fabulous new floats, a winning score broadcast by a world-class sound system and Disney's colorful cast of performers, this parade is a must see!

There is a good mix of modern and classic Disney Characters all brought to life with their own dedicated floats. Among the most impressive is Maleficent, the fire-breathing dragon, who battles Prince Phillip and his Sword of Truth. Here Maleficent is caught mid-roar by last week's SideKick360 winner, Steve Tanzer:

Shot curbside on a Galaxy S4

Shot curbside on a Galaxy S4

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