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AT-AT star tours

Star Tours: AT-AT & the Forest Moon of Endor

I’ve been a huge Star Wars fan for a long time now. So of course I’m super stoked for the new Star Wars land coming to Hollywood Studios. While Star Tours is a fine ride there’s really not a lot from a photography stand point. I am really looking forward to being able to photograph an entire Star Wars land. I just hope they get the site lines right so it can be truly immersive. Something about a big balloon with Kermit on it in the background of Tatooine Traders kills the immersion.

Day Fades on the Rivers of America

Day Fades on the Rivers of America

What had been a really good sunset had basically already faded behind me at this point so I turned my direction from Splash Mountain towards the Rivers of America. What I really like about this shot is you get some of the elements that come with night time such as the reflected lights in the water. The clouds help add a moodiness to the image as well that helps it feel more unique than a regular day or night shot. The only thing I might have done differently is taken a few steps to the right so the full Harper’s Mill text was shown but ultimately I don’t think it really matters. I just like to be hyper critical of my shots sometimes (most the time).

The Sun Sets on Be Our Guest

The Sun Sets on Be Our Guest

Sunset in the parks is the most exciting time of the day for me. I anticipate how it will turn out all day. Sometimes it’s a dud but when you see the sky catch on fire like in this photo it really gets me pumped for shooting as I rush around the park like a madman trying to capture as many different shots as possible with the awesome light. If its a dud I’ll likely snap a few shots from wherever I am and move on with enjoying attractions. This particular evening however was definitely one for shooting. Normally I would have been shooting the Castle around this time but due to construction I opted to try out this spot at Be Our Guest. Of course I’m really glad I did.

Mission to Spaaaaaaaace - Mission Space

Mission to Spaaaaaaaace

As I mentioned previously I really spent a lot of time during an EMH one night to get a bunch of pics of Mission Space. I felt it was the one area of Epcot where I really was lacking photos but I’m pretty pleased with what I have of it now. Even though this shot doesn’t include the moon like some of my others I think it’s actually my favorite. I really love the energy of the shot.

Pinokeh

Pinokeh

Today’s shot is another one in the series of Magic Kingdom statues in the hub. I have most ingenuously combined Pinocchio and bokeh to create today’s photo title: Pinokeh. I know right?

The Moon & the Seas

The Moon & the Seas

The timing of my most recent Disney trip happened to coincide with the full moon. This meant the moon was nearly full and very bright the entire trip. Most obviously this gives you a new element to play with in your shots as you can frame the moon in your shots to add some interest. Perhaps less thought of is the fact that when you are shooting night time shots with a full moon, the moon helps to illuminate your shots. Go outside during a new moon and compare the light to when the moon is full. The surroundings are so lit up it’s practically day time! This is especially great for shooting some of the more dimly lit areas of the parks as it gives you just the extra light you need so you don’t need to do a super long exposure and run the risk of introducing noise to your shot.

Mission Moon Space

Mission Moon Space

Mission Space has been one of those pavilions that I never really had a lot of pics of. I just never wound up on that side of the park around close and by the time I made it around there it was roped off. With that in mind I decided to dedicate some time during an EMH night to getting some pics of Mission Space. I actually wound up spending about an hour shooting all around Mission Space from various angles getting a bunch of different shots. It’s safe to say I have a good mix of shots of this pavilion now. It’s always nice to be able to fill in some of the gaps in my Walt Disney World photo coverage.

A Final Look at Cinderella Castle

A Final Look at Cinderella Castle

This was the very last photo I took on my most recent trip to Disney World. Security was starting to press and honestly I was exhausted from a week of early mornings and late nights. Still it seemed appropriate to close out the trip with one final shot of Cinderella Castle. It’s only been 4 months now since I was there but already I’m starting to get that itch to return. It wouldn’t hurt either to help fill up the photo coffers.