Welcome to the final set of photos from my Disneyworld trip. Now that I’ve had the chance to show you each of the parks, I wanted to do a final blog that highlighted some of my favorite shots or favorite moments from the trip.
The first spot in this blog was a no brainer for me. The whole impetus for this trip to Disneyworld was decided in Feb 2017. I discovered that Disney had a Star Wars Darkside Half Marathon (13 miles = 21k) and I thought that was something I wanted to do. So I embarked on a couch to half marathon training schedule over the next 15 months. While I started out training by myself, for the last 8 months of training I worked via email with my coach Jeff Galloway who created the run-walk method. We emailed back and forth every week and he helped my through the pains, frustrations and fatigue of my training plan. Jeff is the official running coach of RunDisney and one of my biggest moments was getting the chance to meet him and spend a few minutes chatting. While the race itself didn’t turn out the way I wanted (I had to pull myself out at the 10 mile mark) I was really proud of myself. The whole journey from that first step to crossing that starting line was incredible, and I credit Jeff and my amazing support team here at home with keeping me motivated throughout the whole process.
I’ve included this little guy because I practically stumbled across him in the parking lot of our hotel. I was within sight of home after a crazy day at the Magic Kingdom and he caught my eye when he scuttled along the sidewalk a bit. So I stopped and did a quick photo shoot with him. I had to wait for him to puff out his throat so it was a little tricky:)
In Hollywood Studios they have a show called the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular. The conceit of the show is there is a film crew filming the bazaar fight/chase and airplane fight scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. It’s really well done and ends with a ginormous explosion!!
In Epcot there is a ride that you can take that travels through various areas of scientific food growing areas. We got to see different ways of growing fruits and vegetables as well as other environmental advances. However, in one of the sections we came across this incredible creepy scarecrow and I just had to grab a shot of it. I loved the fact that Disney has some unintentionally weird things in their parks:)
This was a favorite shot from the flower and garden show in Epcot. I was playing around with focusing at various point in the frame, so in this one I wanted the sign in focus and the rest of the flowers to be a washout of color. If I could take this one again, I’d try to get the flowers even more fuzzy.
This was a fun shot from Disney Hollywood Studios. I had just seen and been taking photos of the March of the First Order and was pretty excited. So this is an iphone shot of the picture on the back of my camera so that I could text message it to folks at home.
The next couple of shots came from the fantasy parade at Magic Kingdom. At this moment in the parade, Pluto noticed my camera and waved right at me. The connection with the camera just makes this shot work so well.
Below is the reason I was willing the get myself fried by the sun for this parade. The dragon made an appearance in my Magic Kingdom blog, but I saved this shot for here. You see, not only did I know this dragon existed, I knew it breathed fire! I had to get this shot.
The next few shots were important because they were planned and executed very carefully. I’ve been trying to be more and more mindful in my photography when I can and the next few are examples of this. I’ve also included how long it took me to get the shots, because waiting for the moment can take time.
I will confess I borrowed the idea for the next shot. When I was planning this trip, I came across an example of this and I wanted to see if I could replicate the image. It was a matter of waiting in front of the statue of Walt and Cinderella’s Castle and waiting for some ears to stop by:) Luckily it’s a very common photostop for people. (Time to get the shot: 15 mins)
The shot below is the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad in Magic Kingdom. I wanted to get a shot of a blurred roller coaster going by on the track to show the motion, but not too blurred that you couldn’t see the detail in the train. I had to play around with various shutter speeds to get the level of blur that I wanted and the timing of where the train was on the track. I probably had to wait for about 15 trains to go by before I had the combination I wanted. (Time to get the shot: 20 mins)
Out of all the pictures I took while in Disneyworld, this in the one that I knew I wanted to get when I first planned the trip. The monorail going by Spaceship Earth in Epcot summarizes Disney for me. I had to try this shot from a few angles (originally I started on the other side of the track) to get one I liked. I moved around taking pictures to check the composition and when I was happy I waited for a monorail… well, I actually waited for two monorails because I’d forgotten to change a setting on my camera. (Time to get the shot: 20 mins). Here’s a secret to this shot. The monorail actually moves to the left on this side and this shot shows the end of the train. However, because the front and back are identical it looked like it was entering into the frame which is what I wanted.
For the final shot of this Disneyworld blog, my favourite unplanned one. This trip was the first one where I was using a wide angle lens for a number of shots. This stormtrooper and I were about a foot apart and I have the camera practically in his face. The wide angle not only captured his full image, it provided a distortion effect so he looks massive in the frame, plus there is a trooper on the stage to his left who looks like he’s miles away (he’s only about 15m away).
Well, that wraps up Disneyworld – I hope you’ve enjoyed the peek inside. It was an amazing trip and I’m looking forward to going back again now that I know what I like and how the parks work:)