I made it back! It has been twenty months since my last visit to Walt Disney World. Not only has a lot changed in the world, a lot has changed at the world. Epcot is undergoing a lot of changes too. Although the construction walls are still present throughout most of Future World, I knew I wanted to get an image of the new fountain in front of Spaceship Earth. I’ll be back again this week to attempt to get a cleaner version but for now, this one will do…
I’m three weeks away from my next trip to Walt Disney World. After my last visit I wasn’t positive if I would be returning this year but being a cheap SOB I wanted to get my money’s worth from my annual pass, hence the upcoming trip. I haven’t visited the parks in the middle of summer so this should be interesting.
Looking through some of my older images I came across a series I captured of Monorail Green at Epcot. There were two images, one approaching, one leaving, with Spaceship Earth in the middle. I threw those two into Photoshop and combined them to created something impossible to see.
Coming and Going Olympus E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/400s, 18mm, f/11, ISO 200
As the start of this years Flower & Garden Festival approaches my anticipation for a return grows. I was going to be in Florida at the end of January but events changed and now it looks like I might be going in the middle of March. This works out for the best for me. The festival runs from March 2nd until May 30th this year. If I play my cards right I could possibly visit it twice.
After a weekend of posting nothing but black & white images I thought I would give everyone a break and post something with a little color. I was also looking for an image that I could use to play with some new software. I have been a user of Topaz Labs software from the beginning of this photography journey and recently I had an opportunity to finish out my collection with a few of their new products. I used the Glow plug-in on this image of the festival center (the old Wonders of Life Pavilion).
Topaz Glow can be used to paint your image with neon/electrifying light. Used to the extreme you can completely change the look of your image. But when used subtly, you can enhance an image and give it just a little pop. I loved the colors of the flowers in the foreground. Having the trees frame the pavilion help it compete with the flowers. The lines formed by the railings and the edge of the flowers draw the eye from the colorful foreground back to the golden dome of the pavilion.
Flower & Garden Festival Nikon D7100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/200s, 19mm, f/11, ISO 200
Our first day at Disney during the Christmas week was spent at Epcot. That was an unanimous decision as everyone has come to enjoy that park, although for very different reasons. For me it is about the exploring. There is so much to see and do at the park. My favorite is wandering around in all the nooks and crannies of the different country pavilions.
In the Japan Pavilion some additional outdoor seating was added behind the pagoda. I really enjoy how it was blended into the existing landscaping and hasn’t detracted from the beauty of this area. I especially like the red umbrellas used for the tables as they offset the normal color scheme. I tried to capture some of that in this image but didn’t find a spot far enough away to get everything in. Next trip I’ll find a better composition.
Pagoda Backside Olympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/80s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 200