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Lights, Camera, Blue Hour

By | October 13th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

I have done this shot before but always at night and in a vertical orientation.  I had been thinking it would be cool at blue hour so I made sure to make a stop here when the time came. I went with a horizontal framing this time, which I think I prefer now that I am [...]

A Frozen Ever After

By | October 11th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I will start by saying the animatronics for the new Frozen Ever After ride are the best currently at Walt Disney World. They are incredibly dynamic and life like and the Imagineers have done a great job at bringing them to life. This comes with a few minor issues from a photography standpoint. Because the faces [...]

Prince Eric’s Castle Sunfall

By | June 24th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I took this shot just as the sun was starting to set behind me at Be Our Guest. I really like the way the light is starting to take on a warmer color as it hits the castle here but I still have a nice deep blue sky with some interesting clouds. Shooting and editing for [...]

Splash Mountain & the Setting Sun

By | June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today's shot is another favorite spot of mine, especially during sunset. I always seem to get some awesome glow as the sun sets behind Splash Mountain. I did do a few things slightly different for this shot. First, I put my tripod on top of a trashcan to get some extra height and clear the fence [...]

Cinderella’s Bokeh Fantasy

By | June 20th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

This has really become one of my favorite things to shoot over the past few years. I continue to experiment with different angles and its lead to some results I'm really happy with. I have turned to my Nikon 70-200 more often than not for this shot and this was no exception. I shot at F3.2 [...]

Be Our Guest at the End of the Day

By | June 16th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The bridge walking towards Gaston's Tavern has become another one of my favorite sunset shooting spots in the past few trips. This was right as golden hour was about to begin but there was already beginning some wonderful light on the bridge to Be Our Guest. Since this shot is shooting into the sun, you might [...]

Flowers of Beauty and the Beast

By | June 15th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Today's photo is probably a very common angle shot of the Beast and Belle topiaries displayed in the France Pavilion. I did bend down slight so there would be more flowers in the foreground and the shot would be more looking up at the topiaries. That's likely how the shot turns out for most people anyways [...]

The Way of the Future

By | June 13th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

I've always really liked the futuristic scenes as you exit Space Mountain but for whatever reason I never really had any good pics of them. I posted a single shot of this scene a very long time ago but it was not great. Fast forward to this trip and when I came off Space Mountain I [...]

Illuminations – Reflections of Italy

By | June 10th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

It has been a while since I've done a fireworks image so I figured the time was due. This shot was taken from the Italy Pavilion and is a series of bursts near the beginning of the show.  I used a 6-stop ND filter for the show and this particular exposure was 40 seconds. Just prior [...]

Spaceship Earth from Below

By | June 9th, 2016|Categories: Photography|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This shot I think definitely tracks into the more artsy type of photo than I usually do but I think Spaceship Earth is one of the best subjects in Disney for doing some really interesting compositions. I used my tripod at its lowest point and pointed the camera almost near vertical for this shot. I think [...]