Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Walt Disney World

It must be Disney vacation planning time because Florida's Walt Disney World has come up in conversation a lot lately. Several friends have asked for tips on traveling to one of my favorite vacation spots outside of South Dakota.

So I thought I'd post a few shots from my last trip to Orlando in 2006. You might not think of Disney World as a photogenic hot spot, but the theming of the parks is one of my favorite things there. Just a little looking can find some amazingly interesting photos to be taken.

As you can tell, I love the way the parks look at night. Taking the incredible Disney architecture and adding dramatic lighting to it makes things, well, "magical."

These were all shot with small Olympus point-and-shoot cameras. What can I say? I was on vacation. It's the way you use the tools at hand, not necessarily the equipment. With a tiny palm-sized camera and no tripod, how was I to shoot fireworks over Cinderella Castle? I found a bronze statue of Dumbo the elephant with Timothy Mouse on his head. I looped the carrying strap of the camera around the mouse, hanging the camera off the side of Dumbo's ear. I then used the self-timer on the camera to take pictures while I wasn't touching it. I was pretty happy with the result from the makeshift elephant camera stand.

As for Walt Disney World travel tips, I always suggest They have pretty much every bit of information you need to know. The more poking around you do there, the more you'll find. Follow their suggestions and you'll have a great vacation.


The Disney Dad said...

Love your photos. Are they HDR?

Disney World is a great place to take great pictures.

Chad Coppess said...

Thanks! No HDR in these shots, they are straight out of the camera.
Looks like you've got quite the Disney site that I'll have to dig into a little deeper.
Thanks for stopping by!