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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
It’s Friday once again so I decided to process another Be Our Guest Wishes shot for Fireworks Friday. This was my first time attempting Wishes from this location but it went really well. I like the added bonus of not having a thousand people hovering right around me so that I actually have some elbow room.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these little statue shots so I decided to give this one with Donald Duck a go. This is actually one of my favorites from the statue series as the light bokeh behind him turned out just wonderful. I too love his pose as if he’s showing you the lights.
I spent almost an entire golden hour one evening shooting around Rivers of America, Thunder Mountain, Splash Mountain and Frontierland in general. It’s one of my favorite areas to photograph sunset as I feel the golden tones from the sunset go really great with all the earthy tones in Frontierland.
Every time I see the Wonders of Life pavilion it pains me to think what Disney has done to it. First they make it a seasonal only pavilion before completely abandoning it and using it as a show floor for various events. Such a shame. Instead of spending money ripping out a perfectly fine ride like the Maelstrom to replace it with more Frozen how about spending the money to revive an entire Pavilion which would certainly help spread out crowds and add capacity.