Walt Disney World 2015, Part III: EPCOT
I've previously posted about my visits to Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom on my most recent trip to Walt Disney World, so today I will share with you some photos from EPCOT.
The first thing you see when you enter the park as this time of year are the beautiful topiaries of the characters. I had to pop a neutral density filter on my lens to get the creamy bokeh at f/1.4 without overexposing the clouds.
The first ride I went on was Spaceship Earth. I decided to try a fisheye lens for this ride to get an ultra wide perspective. It made for some cool shots.
I stopped to grab a photo of the Buzz Lightyear topiary in his usual spot before getting on Mission: Space.
Admittedly, I didn't spend much time in Future World. I went on Soarin', but didn't come away with any stunning photos. After dinner in Italy in the World Showcase, I stopped to photograph the flag jugglers, who seem to have replaced the Ziti Sisters, whom I photographed in this spot last year.
As the sun began to make its descent, I quickly made my way (okay, dragged my feet because I was a bit worn out from the heat and fatigue) through many of the pavilions, grabbing shots of the buildings with that beautiful golden light.
In Canada, I met up with Disney local photographer Ben Hendel and his girlfriend Morgan.
People clogging up your photo? No problem; just let them move so they look interesting.
I love photographing the topiaries with a fast lens. Look at that separation!
Time for some blue hour photography in Germany and Norway.
Onto Mexico for some indoor "night" photography. I love the theming here.
I told Ben I was interested in photographing IllumiNations fireworks from somewhere in Future World. We ended up at this spot, and I really like the reflections in the shots.
Getting a monorail going through the shot during the finale was the icing on the cake! I also got a more visible shot of a monorail going by during the laser light show. I thought about masking it in but it felt a little fake, especially since the lighting so different. Thanks for the location tip, Ben!
This final shot took me longer than I had hoped for. I got three exposures to capture the range of light, then I waited for what seemed like an eternity for this monorail to go by. I had just started packing up when I saw it coming. What a great way to end the night!