View 383: Beauty of Walt Disney World

One of the goals I set for myself during my latest visit to Walt Disney World was to show the beauty of the parks. With the help of the weather, Disney’s technical wizardry and a bit of my own pixie dust, I believe I found a few good examples.

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Cinderella Castle just after sunset at the Magic Kingdom on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/3s, f/22, ISO 100, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Tripod.

I had to be very patient as clouds were not allowing much in the way of a sunset. it was not until ten minutes after sunset did the sky light up. Along with a lighted Cinderella Castle and using Lightroom to open up the shadows and enhance the colors throughout the scene, the image I had hoped for materialized on my screen.

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Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase on Friday, September 9, 2016 in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 720, EV -0.3, 16mm Focal Length, Intensify CK.

Most people photograph the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest replica in the China pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase from the front or framed through the large gate. As I walked around, I found a path which lead off to the side and found this composition. The big white clouds in the sky helped to balance out all the green in the foreground. I used Macphun’s Intensify CK to pull out all the details of the scene.

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A lion peers out from the Tree of Life during a projection show at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on Tuesday, September 6, 2016 in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 5s, f/8, ISO 100, EV 0, 31mm Focal Length, Tripod.

Disney has perfected the use of projections on their iconic park structures from Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom to the Tree of Life in Disney’s Animal Kingdom. To get a good photo of them, I either use a high ISO number for a fast shutter speed or find a point in the show where a projection lasts a few seconds. This was the case at the end of one of the shows on the Tree of Life where an image of a lion’s face lingers as spot lights beam out from the tree’s branches.

Hope you enjoyed what my vision of Walt Disney World beauty is.

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