Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

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Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby Invertalon » Sat Feb 22, 2014 6:12 pm

Another great event put on by Cedar Point!

The day started off with the park tour, which included the maintenance shops, new construction area, dragster station and launch track "nook" along with the lap around frontier trail. Lunch was served (salad, cole slaw, fries, fish/chicken/beef burgers, chili and delicious brownies and cookies!) while Tony put on a presentation of what is to come, followed by a Q&A session.

It was a fantastic event and made me really excited for the 2014 season! On the way out, we were given the 2014 calendars, exit passes and a free ride on the new Slingshot attraction! The event overall was above and beyond what I expected, and the $10,000+ raised for Give Kids the World was just icing on the cake.

Below are some photos from the event. More can be found on my Flickr page here in higher resolution: CLICK!

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Snowy Midway
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Maverick Train (or part of one...)
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Wheels
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More Wheels!
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Millennium Force Lapbars!
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Off to Dragster!
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Construction
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So Purty!
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Millennium Force Trains... All over!
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Under the MF train!
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Thank you Cedar Point!
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See you in May!
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby ajfelice » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:19 pm

Wow! Great Pictures! Looks like you had a great time.

In light of recent CP announcements, did anyone have the guts to kindly ask what made CP decide to increase Iron Dragon's height requirement during the question/answer session? As an operations person myself, I'm very puzzled by this decision.

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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby Invertalon » Sat Feb 22, 2014 7:27 pm

Thanks AJ!

Someone did actually. The GM explained after a review with management or something they decided on it. Was quite a vague answer. Does not make much sense to me either.
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby beatle11 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:18 pm

These are some fantastic photos! Especially those last few! I didn't know about that height requirement increase until now. Strange that they would do that now after 25+ years.
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby edmx » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:42 pm

Wow! Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing! :)

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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby BigDipper 80 » Sat Feb 22, 2014 8:52 pm

Gorgeous photos as always! I love the across-the-bay shots at the end.

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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby XLRBR » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:12 pm

These pictures are gorgeous! I really need to make another trip back there...
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby CPSFMMCW » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:14 pm

Wish I could've been there! I would've loved that. Looks like you got some great photos, and had a good time!
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby Invertalon » Sat Feb 22, 2014 9:44 pm

Thank you everyone!

Might I suggest checking out the final photo (the panoramic) on Flickr, at original size... Which is 29,237x3450 in resolution. It was created by stitching together around 10-15 images shot at 280mm. Just click on "view original size" and you can just pan around. Pretty cool stuff!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/invertalon/12707708975/

Sadly, by the time we made it over there the skies and conditions in general took a turn... Air conditions got a little less ideal and is the reason for the "haze" conditions you see at full size. When shooting telephotos over very long distances, the air quality is a huge variable in getting the best resolution. I want to go back when the conditions are just right to make a simply stunning, giant panoramic. This one is nice, but I want better! I also want to use another telephoto lens I have, which will enable me to shoot around 400mm instead, and by using more photos (30-50) will enable even higher resolution and fine details. I just hope the skies and air cooperate when I do! =) It's simply beautiful looking over the water at the park.
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Re: Photo TR: Cedar Point Winter Tour 2014

Postby BiZaRpErMaN » Sat Feb 22, 2014 10:10 pm

What type of camera did you use? The quality of the pictures were really good. Looks like you had an awesome time. Cedar Point always puts on great events.
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