Hope I do not bore you with photos from Walt Disney World. 🙂 As a vacation spot, the place can not be beat for me and my family. As a photographer, it holds a treasure full of subjects and challenges. Over the course of the next few posts, I am going to talk about both aspects. The photos and techniques used should be of interest to you. I hope!
Epcot has two parts to it. One is Future World which is like a permanent World’s Fair of Science and Technology presented in a fun way as to both educate and entertain. The second part is World Showcase featuring eleven country pavilions filled with the best from each in dining, arts, crafts, entertainment, goods and people. Each country has members from the host country. Here are three photos representing the day I spent at Epcot.
We had lunch in Italy’s pavilion in the new Via Napoli restaurant which specializes in pizza. They even import water from Italy in the making of the crust. The atmosphere of the restaurant if lively and bright. The servers are young and energetic with most being from Italy like the three men you see above. Each are in different stages of their time at Epcot. The one on the left was working his last day after spending two years at Walt Disney World. He was looking forward to returning home and celebrating his brother’s birthday. The one in the middle had just started his adventure at Epcot and was being trained to replace the one leaving. We feel he will do well as he is outgoing and very attentive to the guests. The one on the right, he is in the middle of his time at Epcot but we felt he was the most important. It was he who brought us the large mushroom pizza pie you see. Yes, it is as good as it looks if not better.
I waited for two other monorails to past by before the TRON monorail came by the reverse waterfall (the water flows up) in front of the Journey Into Imagination pavilion in Epcot’s Future World. The TRON monorail is promoting the upcoming theatrical release of the movie, TRON Legacy, with is a follow up to the first TRON movie which appeared back in 1982. This is one of those photos I had planned on photographing and knew this time of day would be perfect for it. I used a polarizing filter to enhance the colors.
When I purchased the Nikon D700, I planned on using the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 ultra wide angle lens even though it is a DX lens and designed for cropped sensors. I found it does not vignette at focal lengths of 15mm and 16mm. Above is the proof. 🙂 Until I can afford to get a real full-frame wide angle lens, the Tokina will have to do. I think I’ll be fine.