Entries from Picture This! tagged with 'water'

Frontierland Reflections in the Magic Kingdom

After an early breakfast at the Crystal Palace, the Magic Kingdom had not officially opened and was very quiet. The Rivers of America was still enough to become a reflective surface. Like any photographer, I took full advantage. First...

Photographing Pandora Details in Disney's Animal Kingdom

Touring Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom you certainly feel like you are in a different place. Sounds and sights are similar but different. There is a mix of real and imagined flora and fauna...

Waterfalls of Pandora in Disney's Animal Kingdom

The first thing I noticed when walking into Pandora - The World of Avatar in Disney's Animal Kingdom were the Floating Mountains. The size and the way Disney Imagineers designed them is quite amazing. The second thing I noticed...

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney's Animal Kingdom Landscape

Of all the parks, Disney's Animal Kingdom has wonderful landscape photography locations if you know where to look. Below is a photo taken back in 2009 which is why you do not see the recently added seating for the...

Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom

I enjoyed Rivers of Light at Disney's Animal Kingdom. It is not a show with a lot of "Wow" factor like a fireworks show. The music, floats and use of projections on water is very soothing. I will say...

Disney Pic of the Week: Watercraft

One of the reasons I enjoy staying at either the Port Orleans Riverside or French Quarter Resorts is the ease of getting to Disney Springs using the water ferries on the Sassagoula River. They are a relaxing way to...

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot at Night

Night time in any Walt Disney World park or resort is magical. Use of lighting and shadows enhances the architecture's colors and shapes. The Morocco pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase is beautiful at night. The patterns found on the...

Disney Pic of the Week: The Seas with Nemo & Friends

The Seas of the world are ever moving, always in motion. I really liked how Disney captured that trait of the sea at The Living Seas when it first opened and kept it with the re-imagined The Seas with...

Harper's Mill in HDR

HDR Image of Harper's Mill on Tom Sawyer Island.Nikon D750/28-300VR, f/18, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 52mm Focal Length, HDR Image. How was your Thanksgiving? Eat alot? Out shopping today? Scott is doing both as he is visiting relatives in...

Waiting for Tigers in Disney's Animal Kingdom

I watch people all the time when I am at Walt Disney World. I particularly pay attention to those taking photographs whether they are using smart phones or full size digital SLR cameras. I can almost tell you which...

Disney Pic of the Week: Castaway Cay

Every Disney Cruise Line Caribbean itinerary has a stop at Castaway Cay. Some even have more than one day there. It is my personal favorite of all the Disney Cruise Line Ports of Call. You don't have to worry...

Illuminations at 28mm

On my last trip to Walt Disney World, I went light by only bringing the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. At 28mm this lens is not as wide as I would like to photograph Illuminations, I found this...

Reflective Walt Disney World

If there is one thing most photographers can not pass up, it is a good reflection photo. Add Disney architecture in the reflection and I can not pass it up. Like the time I walked across the bridge from...

Disney Pic of the Week: Tree of Life

The Tree of Life continues to dominate people's attention as they emerge from the Oasis and travel over Discovery River bridge into Disney's Animal Kingdom park. Imagineers over time have added new viewing locations, waterfalls and animal carvings. While...

Spaceship Earth at Night in Epcot

Before a trip to Walt Disney World, I will browse through photos on flickr and Google in search of ideas. I found this composition and put it on my shot list for the trip. Though the photo which was...

Cooling Off in the Magic Kingdom

Need a place to cool off this summer? Brer Rabbit points the way.Nikon D7100/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 250, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length, Polarizer filter. Scott is taking a summer break this week. With the hot summer weather finally...

Documenting Details Around Disney's Hollywood Studios

I have had the pleasure of accompanying Disney Historian Jim Korkis and fellow photographers on tours around Walt Disney World. On each tour, Jim repeated how important it was to photograph and document "everything" in the parks and resorts....

Sunset at Downtown Disney

Sunset at Downtown Disney.Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV 0. Characters in Flight Balloon rises over Downtown Disney at sunset back in 2013. These days Downtown Disney is being transformed with lots of construction happening and new entertainment,...

Echo Lake Sunset in Disney's Hollywood Studios

As I was scouting locations for the Star Wars Weekend Fireworks, I checked out the view from across Echo Lake. It was late in the day and the Sun was just going down behind the palm trees to the...

Clouds and Spaceship Earth in Epcot

For eons, our planet has drifted as a spaceship through the universe. -- Walter Cronkite version from 1986-1994 Spaceship Earth on an Autumn day in Epcot.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 150mm focal length. I have been...

Classic Cinderella Castle in HDR

It was about a half hour before sunset and the top spires of Cinderella Castle was being illuminated with golden sunshine. Below, the castle and moat was in shade. Such lighting can be tough for a camera to capture...

Epcot Night Portrait

Ever wonder how the Disney PhotoPass Cast Members get those night photos of people in front of Walt Disney World icons? It is not very hard IF you use the right equipment. You will need a flash, a tripod...

Disney Pic of the Week: Toontown

I did not compare Disneyland to Walt Disney World much when I was in California last year. I preferred to enjoy the differences and the sameness of the parks. But (you knew it was coming) Toontown at Disneyland was...

Riding the Liberty Belle Riverboat in the Magic Kingdom

Need a ride the whole family can enjoy in the Magic Kingdom? One which is in a boat on water perhaps? No, not that one! I am talking about the Liberty Belle Riverboat in Liberty Square at the Magic...

Blue Hour over Expedition EVEREST

In reviewing past blogs recently, I did a few on Blue Hour but never really explained it beyond saying it is something that happens after sunset and before complete darkness. Here are a few facts about Blue Hour: It...

Disney Pic of the Week: Water Transportation

One of the most interesting forms of transportation at Walt Disney World is the various kinds of water transports used to move guests from place to place. From the large ferries going between the Ticket & Transportion Center (TTC)...

World Showcase Details

Epcot's World Showcase is a treasure trove of photographic opportunities. I find new things to photograph in the countries with every trip. Here are three examples. I photograph lots of t-shirts when traveling. I like to use them for...

Guest Powered Transportation in Disneyland

Guests paddling a Davy Crockett Explorer Canoe at Disneyland.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/8, ISO 200, EV 0, 50mm focal length. Here is a scene you will not see in Walt Disney World, the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes are found in...

Sunny Day at Walt Disney World

Walking back from breakfast to my room at the Dolphin Resort last Fall, I stopped and watched the comings and goings of the Friendship boats. It was a typical beautiful day in central Florida filled with warm sunshine and...

Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot

Epcot was the first park I visited at Walt Disney World some 30 years ago. While attractions have come and gone, new countries have sprung up around World Showcase and the trees have gotten taller, Spaceship Earth has endured...

Best of Walt Disney World in 2013

After visiting Disneyland in September, I had two trips to Walt Disney World in October and December. The first was a family vacation where I photographed while touring the parks. The other was a planned couple of days photographing...

It's a Small World Drive By in Disneyland

Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with guests pass by.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV 0, 45mm focal length. Elephant and giraffe topiaries watch over It's a Small World boats filled with...

Disney Pic of the Week: Paradise Pier

The Paradise Pier area of Disney's California Adventure reminded me of the New Jersey Shore boardwalks. Which is exactly what Disney wants you to think of Paradise Pier. The attractions, however, are most definitely Disney. Disney even added a...

Disney Pic of the Week: Waterfalls

Disney Imagineers and architects used waterfalls everywhere in Walt Disney World. Some are very big and incorporated into major attractions like Splash Mountain in the Magic Kingdom and the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot's Future World. While other waterfalls are...

Disney Pic of the Week: Fish

Fish have been a part of Disney movies and parks from the beginning. No Disney fish have had a bigger impact then the characters from the movie, Finding Nemo. They became so popular, Disney Imagineers made over a whole...

Disney Pic of the Week - Boats

Ahoy there! Set sail with Scott and I as we set our sights on those magnificent floating vessels found at Walt Disney World. Being the piratical rebel that I am, I've selected a special photo for you today. Seen...

Dumbo's New Fantasyland View

Taking flight on the original Dumbo attraction in it's new location in Fantasyland gives a completely different perspective, of course. Personally, I think there was more to see before the big move. Eventually I'll have a go at the...

Photographing Walt Disney World Resorts from the Water

Of all the forms of transportation at Walt Disney World, I enjoy the water transportation the most. You can choose to be in open air or inside comfort, they do not move too fast and there is something about...

Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World

Returning to Epcot for another tip on photographing in busy tourist attractions using Walt Disney World examples. This one can be tough if you are traveling with children but not impossible. Even as busy as a Disney themepark can...

Disney Pic of the Week - Fantasmic!

Fantasmic! is a nighttime spectacular show at Disney's Hollywood Studios and at Disneyland. The shows have the same title but have many differences. At Disneyland, Guests spread blankets out on the concrete ground of Frontierland facing Rivers of America....

Disney Pic of the Week: Journey Into Imagination

Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World is the home to the most famous Disney character who was never in an animated short or movie, Figment! I first meet Figment, the little purple dragon, back in 1983 when Dreamfinder created...

Disney Pic of the Week - Flowers

Good morning. It's a beautiful day in a sunny state where flowers bloom all year long and the essence of love fills the air. Buenos dias. Es un hermoso dia en un estado soleado donde las flores florecen todo...

Mirrors, Water, and Shiny Surfaces

It's time to break out of your comfort zone again and get creative with your travel photography. We'll look at images having to do with reflections on different surfaces. Are you ready for some fun? Yippy! The Evil Queen...

Disney Pic of the Week: Backlot Tour

Disney's Hollywood Studios likes to put guests right into the movies. A part of the Backlot Tour gives people such an opportunity to star in a scene out of the movie, Pearl Harbor. Special effects created in large water...

Elephant Games in Storybook Circus

Guests being sprayed by elephants at Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station in the new Storybook Circus.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/130s, f/32, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 100mm focal length. Guests being sprayed by elephants at Casey Jr. Splash 'N' Soak Station...

La Fountaine de Cindrillon - Magic Kingdom

La Fountaine de Cindrillon or Cinderella Fountain is found behind Cinderella Castle near the path to Libery Square. I have taken many photos of this fountain and never noticed the plaque inbedded in the wall behind it. I saw...

Disney Pic of the Week - Water Fountains

Disney Imagineers use water fountains to enhance the beauty of the parks all over the world. Some are very large like the Fountain in Epcot and some are small like the one kids play in at Downtown Disney. So,...

Disney Pic of the Week: Fences

Ah, Canada! A country in World Showcase full of lively music, hockey merchandise, cold beer and the popular steakhouse, Le Cellier. It is also the home to the most unique fencing found around World Showcase as it is not...

Disney Pic of the Week: Daytime Resorts

Walt Disney World Resorts are extremely photogenic with award winning architecture, theming, landscaping and use of water like fountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. The Saratoga Springs Resort is a prime example using the theme from the famous upstate New...

Disney Pic of the Week: France

I am substituting for Barrie this week who found herself without access to the Internet where she is staying in Florida before coming to Walt Disney World later this week. Barrie will owe me big time for this. ;-)...

Soaked and Happy on Kali River Rapids

Soaked riders wave to the photographer towards the end of the Kali River Rapids. This photo was taken back in 2002 during a trip for my eldest daughter's Senior year. Each of my daughters brought a friend which allowed...

Scenes of Epcot's World Showcase

Last week I showed you how my friend and Disney photographer Bob Desmond approached finding details at Epcot. He further explained he likes to "build" a photo showing elements of a park. These photos say "Epcot" or "Magic Kingdom"...

Framing Spaceship Earth in Epcot

Last fall I spent a few hours with Disney photographer extraordinaire Bob Desmond at Epcot. Bob has been photographing for Disney for over 20 years. After meeting with Bob near Japan in World Showcase, I asked him what he...

Swan Resort Fountain

Guess which resort this fountain is in?Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 18mm Focal Length. In a hallway off of the main lobby of the (you guessed it) the Swan Resort at Walt Disney World is this...

Big Ears

The Earful Tower at Disney's Hollywood Studios.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 200, EV 0, 112mm focal length For my Disney Pic of the Week on Mouse Ears I choose the ones with a hat size of 342-3/8 which can...

Disney Pic of the Week: Future World

I first visited Epcot's Future World a year after it opened. EPCOT Center, as it was known then, had its critics but I was not one of them. I remember watching when Walt Disney introduced the Florida Project to...

Reflective Disney

Reflections at Walt Disney World can be found in mirrors, windows, metal surfaces and in the rivers, lakes, fountains with still water. When using a reflective surface make sure you are not in the photo (unless your intention is...

Fountain Mice

Low angle of the Cinderella water fountain in the Fantasyland.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/30s, f/4, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length I returned to the Cinderella Fountain in the courtyard behind Cinderella Castle for my Disney Pic of the Week...

Disney Pic of the Week: Splash Mountain

A calm Splash Mountain just after sunset.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/4s, f/5.6, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 18mm focal length Splash Mountain usually has lots of activity from water splashing guests and riders to screams as people slide down the 52 1/2...

Zeroing Out

Ever get to the Magic Kingdom and your family rushes up to get their photo taken in front of the Main Street Train Station. You snap a few shots and head into the park. You are half-way down Main Street...

Refections of China

China's Temple of Heaven and reflection.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1s, f/16, 200 ISO, +0 EV, 18mm Focal Length Epcot's China pavilion features it's own Temple of Heaven complex with the three-tiered, circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest is a one-half...

Nifty-Fifty

The definition of a Nifty-Fifty is an inexpensive 50mm prime lens with a maximum aperture of f/1.8. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Canon 50mm f/1.8 both come in at under $140 and work on most Nikon and Canon digital...

Using a Tripod at WDW

Hollywood Studios Entrance.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 30s, f/16, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, 170mm Focal length, Tripod I have never carried a tripod into a Walt Disney World park until my last trip. I thought it would be too much trouble and...

Dream Reflection

Racing along Tomorrowland Indy Speedway.Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/15s, f/3.5, 1100 ISO, 0 EV, 18mm Focal Length I had to wait until my last night before leaving to come home for this photo of Cinderella Castle being reflected in the moat....

Epcot Water Fountain

Copyright © 2006 Barrie Brewer, Nikon D50, 18-200VR, 0.5s shutter, f5 My Pic of the Week for water is the reverse waterfall fountain, or water-rise, in Epcot in front of the Journey into Imagination Pavilion....

Disney Pic of the Week - Water

Disney Imagineers use water for landscaping, entertainment and transportation and is the theme for this week's Disney Pic of the Week. The close up of the Liberty Bell's water wheel show transportation and the beauty of water use in...

What's In A Name

One of the first things I had to deal with when I first started using a digital camera was how to organize all the files I was creating every time I went out taking photographs. The camera manufacturers think...

Photographic Innoventions: Creative Uses of Aperture

As we learned earlier, aperture is the size of the opening in the camera's lens measured in f-stops. I know it sounds weird but the smaller the f-stop number the larger the opening. I want to show you today how...

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