From the looks of this photo it seems that Gaston’s fountain could use a bit of a cleaning. I’m not sure if they bother in general or if they just wait ’til a refurbishment time to clean it up. Hopefully they are able to bust out the rags and polish for overnight cleanups and I just got it on a bad day.
Every trip to Disney World thousands of photos. Of these probably 30-40% are dark ride photos. For some reason though I end up sharing very few of them so I keep asking myself why I’m even bothering to shoot all those photos if I’m never going to share them. Well I’m going to try and change that. I’m going back through multiple trips of shots and finding some of my favorite unprocessed dark ride shots to share. I’ve got literally hundreds if not thousands that have never even been touched.
Today’s shot is once again a collaboration shot with my wife Erika. She had several shots from this showing of Wishes I wanted to edit and so now I’ve come back and edited a second one. You can follow her on Instagram @emcooperphoto.
One night a couple hours before Hollywood Studios closed I wasn’t really in the mood for rides. I really just wanted to do some shooting but of course that can be problematic if you want people free shots. I ended up wandering around the park for a few hours shooting different angles where I could get people free shots even though they were everywhere. I’m really glad I did as I ended up with a bunch of shots I probably would have never taken otherwise like this one of Pluto’s Palace.
The Seven Dwarfs Mine Train honestly has a pretty boring entrance in my opinion. The best photo opportunities of the ride are really on the complete opposite side. That said I felt this was probably the best way to show off the entrance as it includes some more interesting elements from Fantasyland. The color scheme of the elements really works well and adds a bit of color contrast with the blue lighting. A straight on or even diagonal of just the entrance would probably be pretty meh.
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The past few years we’ve made certain to plan our yearly Disney trip around the Food & Wine Festival. It’s one of our favorite times to go to the parks and as we usually go towards the end of October / early November the weather is usually pretty nice along with lighter crowds. Plus there’s always a cool feature in the planter in front of Spaceship Earth which helps freshen up this shot a bit. Unfortunately we’ve missed the Flower & Garden Festival for a few years running but it looks like we’re gonna make it back for a quick trip this year!
This shot is another shot from my night shooting puddles all over Epcot. While not immediately evident in this shot as the water didn’t really puddle on the cobblestone here I do like the droplets on the tables and edges of the fountain. It gives a nice sheen to the whole image that you don’t get when it’s dry.
Though Hollywood Studios is seriously lacking now there is a lot to look forward to in the future. For me the removal of the hat was the first step towards the revitalization of the park. It’s just a wonderful feeling to have this unobstructed view back and I was absolutely thrilled to be able to get a shot like this after waiting and hoping for years it would happen.
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.