BLACK FRIDAY SALE: Save up to 60% on memberships for a limited time! Upgrade now
A A A
     
3

The Magic of Disney in 21 Pictures

Published May 18th, 2012

Disney World in Orlando, Florida is possibly one of the most photographed amusement parks in the World so it's quite tough to create a set of photographs that don't look like the gazillion others that are taken every year.

I went to Disney World with my wife and 3 kids and concentrated on shooting 3 parks in the evenings. I usually travelled very light with just one body (Canon EOS 5D Mark III), two lenses (Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L and the 50mm f/1.4) plus my Gitzo tripod that I carried using the camera-strap from the 5DIII. I was first worried that I would get into trouble by bringing a tripod into the parks but the folks at Disney are very cool about it, no problem with it at all.

I didn't shoot in Disney's Animal Kingdom because that park usually closes at 7pm, so twilight pictures were out of question.

V2?webp=true&sig=7f5cc09a3f09098eabc0b5eba90cc0629526b7eeea14f5a8c8c847ce27e93d42

Built on Dreams

  • May 2nd, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 35mm / f/5.6
V2?webp=true&sig=d709f2f23998f25ede494790dcc4989d5446a467c29f8a7353de91c6554d1a8d

Casablanca

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/9 / 5 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=4edb5bc52fa637fc81dc4b82255f5f8e073df848354399ac7bd4aefa773ff0b2

Ghost War

This is a single 30 seconds exposure at f/6.3 and ISO 100

Disney's Epcot Center, Orlando, FL / 2012

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 25mm / f/6.3 / 30 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=135ec96dbb12143aeaba04934bbefccec7bb3ccd79d8382d0c12b578826457e1

Where Ali Meets Baba

Another one from my nightly Epcot excursion around World Showcase Lagoon.

This is not an HDR

V2?webp=true&sig=923f044d3deeddf09584f556646fecb0c9b5d65da2ac73f43c0132cb6fabc58b

The Perfect Light

There is this very short time of the day or evening where the ambient matches perfectly the artificial light so you don't need to shoot brackets for HDR processing. I shot this at just before 9pm on April 30 in Orlando, FL which perfectly matched that time-frame.

The building in the picture below is part of the Japanese section at Disney's Epcot Center, btw.

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 28mm / f/9 / 15 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=fffd55ec6588efa11485603fcb018b27e6b52c1d46c4c4b6e5daaf7b8a0ffaae

20c first 1.4 mile

  • April 29th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 20mm / f/18 / 2 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=fe9ba37ef5f5fb71edf43783bf86355b9f9dd433cabe8dd787b029b375290997

The Dark Side Of The Kingdom

The only way to survive an entire week in Disney World is to not stay in the parks all day. We only went there in the late afternoon and stayed late. Guess how that picture would look like when I had shot it at 2pm. While my family was watching the Electrical Parade with gazillions of others, I grabbed my camera and tripod and wandered the deserted areas of the park like Adventure Land.

This is a 5 AEB shot HDR at f/5.6 and ISO 200. Exposures were between 1/4 and 10 seconds. Post-processing was done in Photomatix Pro, Nik's Color Efex Pro 4 and Lightroom 4. In addition, I had to clone-out some ghosts in Photoshop.

Disney's Magic Kingdom, Orlando, FL / 2012

  • May 2nd, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/5.6 / 1 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=09e1bb90c6eeee8d4ed64a097d50d95926299173aa3fb84c718f8fdecdb9b277

Watching The Parade - NOT

I decide neither to photograph the Magic Kingdom parade nor watch it at all. I rather went to photograph the people who watched it, well not all of them really did.

I'm really fed up with all this Disney World magic after a full week in Orlando but I think I still have a few pictures in my library that I'm going to publish over the next few days...

  • May 2nd, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 24mm / f/4.5 / 1/400 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=1d041d06cdd2638ec107fcd07fefbd176d5452d3075e08bf94221f2c606fcd14

Sunset Blvd After Sunset

In case you didn't know: You can make lots of people disappear using long shutter-speeds...

  • April 29th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/16 / 3 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=aa961977bb1acb1afe6845284258ca00542d00c9f6e60f4c56ec0fe3f4562d71

In A Galaxy, Far, Far Away

I had some time to wander around Tomorrowland in Magic Kingdom while everybody else was getting into position for the nightly Electrical Parade that I didn't really needed to see. Finding my wife and kids again after the event was a totally different story, though...

V2?webp=true&sig=c6c55fb801c8504fa83c1072526a4354fce10af18910e406623f9145d2f39f7c

Captain Nemo's Office

V2?webp=true&sig=eb1b4a8e6a5a05b123d0c2ac8cb51bd3dda545e9d06e160840047ed8f3b716b6

IllumiNations

The nightly fireworks spectacle in Disney's Epcot Center. I find it much more interesting to photograph people viewing the fireworks than just the fireworks itself.

V2?webp=true&sig=3a6ba260b281d8c9fdc1bd1be4469b0cefc37cecda54700eba4adef8a3af8ad6

What the American's think Germany looks like

Disney's Epcot Center, Orlando, FL / 2012

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/6.3 / 2 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=3553b4aa8d56972c908dd9e545cd2e51e6ed5a39e9bad14e492a91edf6e8f31b

The Happiest Place On Earth

is also the most photography friendly amusement park on Earth I've ever experienced. They don't even consider your tripod a WMD and even though Epcot is officially closing at 9pm, they didn't bother me sneaking around the deserted World Showcase area until way after 10pm.

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/8 / 2 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=3943a418cc08de308faeccc54b3fb91673838244f0302a14fa4eebc9ce9bd2ba

There Is A Little Bit Of Japan In Florida

5-AEB HDR processed in Photomatix Pro and Nik's Color Efex Pro.

Disney's Epcot Center, Orlando, FL / 2012

V2?webp=true&sig=b43e3da745205cbb6854a338ad9977b8f3c86fa58503e7a07a8175660033df8a

Not From This Earth

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/6.3 / 15 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=d1c62cebe6afc20d0e6d9d4c76ff63c9b3bfc2e2932dcd8f44e70bbf322f3af8

From Outer Space

  • April 30th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • 16mm / f/6.3 / 1 sec
V2?webp=true&sig=f1d319bb6939876803b37ad3238e88fa5992c7ff9859d9a01ba764b574db3f66

The Hollywood Tower Hotel

V2?webp=true&sig=0b9273ffb18bc19e54f9d724428fe0dacef7d3d30995e2572801070bc07d851b

Once Upon A Time

V2?webp=true&sig=c06437d77968e277a87bb4580618e9246e60cb208a755c11d05502410d6bc345

Rock'N Roll Craziness

V2?webp=true&sig=fab020a3b5078d3de2afcbdfee71277d24673fa120de00fe8c9fd2ac2a8716b1

The Dream Avenue

Shot with Instagram 4 iPhone

  • iPhone 4S

Login or sign up to comment.

12345654321
12345654321 (inactive)  about 5 years ago

you got some really great shots, especially like the "ghosts"!

AnabellaVillanueva
Anabella Villanueva  over 5 years ago

Great !!!

Tommynphotography
Tom Niemerow  over 5 years ago

Loved your view of Disney World. Fantastic colors