Thursday, May 14, 2015

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.

Daisy Topiary at EPCOT



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.



The Birth of Mass Communication





Buzz Lightyear Topiary

I stopped to grab a photo of the Buzz Lightyear topiary in his usual spot before getting on Mission:  Space.

The Flag Juggler

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.

EPCOT's Morocco

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.

Late Afternoon Sun on the American Adventure

Pooh Bear at EPCOT



In Canada, I met up with Disney local photographer Ben Hendel and his girlfriend Morgan.

People Moving Through France

People clogging up your photo?  No problem; just let them move so they look interesting.


Cinderella and Prince Charming Dance at Midnight

I love photographing the topiaries with a fast lens.  Look at that separation!

Beauty and the Beast Topiaries in France



Time for some blue hour photography in Germany and Norway.





Onto Mexico for some indoor "night" photography.  I love the theming here.

EPCOT's Mexican Marketplace

Pink IllumiNations

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.



Fireworks + Monorail

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!



Monorail Passes by the Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT

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!

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