Hi all, I had the chance to attend the Luau at Thanksgiving Point this year. It was my first time. I gotta say, it was fun! When I got there, I was thinking that parking was going to be a nightmare. It wasn't. Smooth as silk, easy in, easy out. After parking, the line for getting in was at least a quarter mile long. I got in line thinking that I didn't even know if they were going to be sold out, or worse, run out of food. But the line moved pretty fast and I got in pretty quickly. The lines for food were fairly robust, but the cater company was keeping up nicely. I waited until most people got their food before getting mine, it gave me time to walk the gardens a bit and shoot some video.
If you haven't been to Thanksgiving Point Gardens, or if you are like me and thought that the gardens were just in back of the shops, first of all you would be wrong, and second, you really need to see this place. It is tucked away just to the north of the golf course clubhouse. It is HUGE! It will take you a couple of hours to walk around this place. There are waterfalls (and they are not tiny), streams, hills, and the flowers of every variety and breed, all manicured and on display. Seriously, you couldn't find a more amazing place hold, and to shoot, any type of event.
You see, if you take a camera into the gardens, it will cost you a photography fee of $100.00. You can bring 2 people with you but anyone beyond that has to pay $10.00. If you just want to walk around and take pictures with your iPhone, only $10.00. The luau cost $21 for entry and food. So, I figured if I was able to go to the luau, and take pictures with my equipment, I was saving myself 100 bucks. Turned out I was right. I brought everything but the quadcopter, which would have been cool... but after the latest news report of someone crashing into a crowd of people, I think it might be best to stay away from formal crowds of people.
So I shot some with the Canon 7D (16-35L II), and most of the Luau entertainment with the Canon 5D Mark III (70-200L IS II) using Magic Lantern Raw video. Take a look.