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May 25, 2018

Composing Photographs at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week I am going to show you three photos taken at Walt Disney World and discuss them. I will share the equipment used, how I did it and why.

The "why" here in the first photo is easy to explain. I was waiting for my family to check-in at the Port Orleans-Riverside Resort. I already had my camera out and photographed around the lobby a bit. Remember to always look up when at Walt Disney World even at the resorts. While most people may not think photographing a light fixture is interesting, by using the Rule of Thirds, I created an interesting composition between the Chandelier and white ribbon design on the ceiling. I used a small zoom lens to frame the shot in Program or P mode.

Chandelier hanging in the lobby of Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chandelier hanging in the lobby of Disney's Port Orleans Riverside Resort.
Nikon D700/24-85mm, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 720, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

I wanted to show what it can be like shopping and, specifically, when checking out at Walt Disney World. This sign I found at the World of Disney store in what was then Downtown Disney (now known as Disney Springs). I thought the sign fit the theme I was looking for. Using my trusty Nikon 50mm lens (aka the Nifty-Fifty), I opened up the aperture all the way to f/1.8. As the sign is flat and perpendicular to my camera's sensor plane, this caused the entire background behind the sign to go out of focus. Not too much so you can still make out what is in the background...a bunch of shoppers waiting to check out.

Waiting in line while shopping in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waiting in line while shopping in the World of Disney store at Downtown Disney.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/125s, f/1.8, ISO 1250, EV 0.

For most the long walk out the exit of the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios is one of coming off an adrenaline rush. Though I know some people may feel otherwise. I think this photo kind of gives the feeling of the latter kind of person. This exit looks extremely long to someone who just wants to get out of the place. I used a Sigma 15mm Fisheye lens to give the hallway an even larger feel. I stood in the center to make sure the subjects in the center were not distorted. The fisheye did its magic to the walls as they look spread out and converging at the same time.

People walking out of the Rock'n'Roller Coaster exit at the Disney's Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People walking out of the Rock'n'Roller Coaster exit.
Nikon D700/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/30s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

You may ask how much thought I gave to each photo. On the first one, not much as I was scanning the lobby for interesting subjects when I looked up right above me. The second one, I thought of the theme or subject first and then went in search of it. I took others but feel the one I showed you was the best for my purposes. The last one I had planned even before I got on the plane to Orlando. I usually make a shot list and this idea came to me as I was looking through past trip photos. Creativity can hit us in an instant, pop into our heads or in planned thought.





May 22, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Grand Floridian Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Bass fishing boat outside the Narcoossee's restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bass fishing boat near the Narcoossee's restaurant at the Grand Floridian Resort.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/9, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

The Victorian themed Grand Floridian Resort is hard to miss as you glide towards the Magic Kingdom on either the Express or Resort Monorails. The red roofs stand out in stark contrast to the white of the resort's buildings. Must be a good place to fish as well as I often see the BASS Fishing boats near the Grand Floridian's popular restaurant, Narcoossee's.





May 20, 2018

Where in the World #537

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Ramadan started last week; I hope everyone who is celebrating is enjoying their holiday!

Now for Challenge #536
Where in the World #536

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Disney

The opening day of Walt Disney World with Roy O. Disney and Mickey Mouse. You may know this already, but Mickey was a last-minute addition. Roy stopped right before giving his speech and asked for Mickey. “We lost Walt.” And all we had of Walt was in Mickey, and so Mickey moved proudly and reverently to Roy’s side. I’ve never seen a recording of this (you know Roy wasn’t one for the spotlight). I wish I could.

Ken Savage were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Karen Adamakis, Emily Hudson, Theresa Rucando, Deb Gallo, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, Walter Fletcher, Gloria Martin, Jennifer Hess, Mike Walter, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Margaret Convery, Ed Suscreba, Eric Berger, Maddie Inman, Maureen And Warren Handy, Claire Gregory, The Gunnels Gang, Diane Curfman, Chris Kelly, The Parker Family, Marsha Waidelich, Sandie Albrecht, Joseph M. Zafia, Phyllis, Emma Ramsey, Julie And Carol Wickware, Joann Albrecht, Sharon Powell, The Nufranick Family, Kris Nixon, Team Hill, Vera And Izzy Williams, Luis Rodriguez, Josh Weiss, Linda Hoffman, Andrew Carrieri, Laurie Walker, Wendy T Faler, Sue And Ed Adams, Grumpy's Groupies, Sands Family, Ken Maikowski, Craig, K Beasley, Tricia Petty, Martha & Justin Collins, Carol Baranowsky, Sandie Albrecht, Jason Steinmetz, Hobbes And Snorky, Smitty, Susan Higginbotham, Anne Duque, Team Bonnie Sue, The Lenz Family, Nan Amor, Megan Krainski, Janet T Thorn, Linda Scrivano, Arlene Vicek, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Cathy Fleming, Malampy(benco Families), Tammy Warmouth, Linda College, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Hillary Waldroop, Theresa Maradei, Deb Ragno, Melissa Haeberle, Christi Ison, Linda Ranatza, Ruben Omeara, Robert P. Flaherty, Vicki Britt, Jim Finley, Maryann Romagnano, Mickey Eckert, Jeff Blank, Matthew Frey, Bonnie Jean, Cheryl Costello, Karrie Rodriguez, Steve Knapp, Lori Rienhardt, Rebecca Keenan, Jeremy Reichelt, Mis Jamie Marie, Melissa Littman, Mark Hardy, Karen Bellamy, The Patterson Family, Michael O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Tommy Montgomery, Michaela O'brien, Terry Harris, Loring Family, Herb Miller, Pensacola Glenn, George Mundy Jr, Renee Hardiman, Carri Marotto, Barry Sklenar, Olszak Family, Shelby Watson, Vinnie Degasperis, Karen Schlumpf, Sandy Ceplecha, Andy Hickey, David Ballard, Barclay Bakkum, Donald Purney, Eric Enli, Karen Ramirez, Kyra, Shirley Garcowski, Tim Johansen, Tim Johansen, Clay Anthony, Stefan Owens, Tom Higbee Sr, Jamie Steiner, Dee Dee Kenney, Annie Middelberg, Jim Thompson, Kenny, Hunter Armstrong, Gallagher Family, and Jane Johnson!

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Challenge #537 Where in the world is this?

Back to modern day as this goes overhead!

Where in the World #537

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May 18, 2018

Travel Photography in Morocco at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

What makes a good travel photograph? In our case, what makes a good Walt Disney World travel photograph?

The photo below of the Fez House at the Morocco pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase is a very interesting photo to me and, hopefully, to you. Is it a photo Disney would use in a brochure or on its website? Possibly. I decided to take this photograph for a few reasons. It was late in the day and the light was allowing the lighting from the lamps to color the interior of the Fez House in warm yellow colors. The natural light coming in from overhead was blue from the Sun being low in the sky. I liked the contrast between the artificial and natural lighting. I stopped down the aperture to f/8 to keep most of the frame in focus. The door way acted as a frame to the home.

Fez House at the Morocco pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Looking into the Fez House at the Morocco pavilion.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length.

Later that night, I asked the people with me to stand in front of the same doorway and had them look into the Fez House. I think this photo is more interesting as it shows curiosity which is one of the traits which motivate us to travel. With the sunset, all the light is now coming from the artificial light casting everything into a warm yellow color.

I think this photo would be more apt to be used by Disney in its advertising of World Showcase and/or the Morocco pavilion.

People looking into the Fez House at the Morocco pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
People looking into the Fez House at the Morocco pavilion.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/80s, f/2.8, ISO 6400, EV 0.

While I may like the first photo better, the second one has more value and is more interesting to people.





May 15, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Polynesian Village Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Tiki God statue inside the Boutiki shop at the Polynesian Village Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Tiki God statue inside the Boutiki shop of the Polynesian Village Resort.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/100s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

Inside the BouTIKI shop at the Polynesian Village Resort there are wooden statues scattered around. The statues were made in Bali and weigh up to 1,000 pounds each including the one I share with you today of a Tiki God. Unlike the Tiki Gods you encounter at the Magic Kingdom, this Tiki God looks like he wants to party.





May 13, 2018

Where in the World #536

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

Sunday is…!
Smiley from Millan.Net

I don’t have kids (other than my husband), but I did get some puppy kisses this morning. Not too shabby.
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #535
Where in the World #535

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Erin Blackwell

The entrance to Impressions De France in Epcot! Also from our desktop wallpaper section. I did take this at Christmas time as you Players picked out! My husband LOVES this movie, but I never let him forget the time he insisted on seeing it and then fell asleep (because we came from the heat to the comfortable air conditioning). 😊

Steve Knapp, we always get sidetracked by the food in France. I love the expanded bakery!

Ken Savage were the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ken and to all our winners this week! Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Tammy Warmouth, Sandie Albrecht, Theresa Rucando, Emily Hudson, Andy Hickey, Joann Albrecht, Belicia, Michael O'brien, Karen O' Brien, Scott C., Michaela O'brien, Claire Gregory, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Tricia Petty, Linda College, Margaret Convery, Phyllis, The Gunnels Gang, Carol Baranowsky, Gloria Martin, Ed Suscreba, Susie Howard, Laurie Walker, Theresa Maradei, Linda Ranatza, Nan Amor, Joseph M. Zafia, Team Hill, Marsha Waidelich, The Nufranick Family, Martha & Justin Collins, Deb Ragno, Kris Nixon, Luis Rodriguez, Janet T Thorn, Chris Kelly, Diane Curfman, Linda Scrivano, Grumpy"s Groupies, Andrew Carrieri, Ronnie Alvarado, K Beasley, The Rider Family, Smitty, Carolyn And Nick Bridges, Michael Haeberle, Brian Mcwithey, Stefan Owens, Steve Porter, Steve Knapp, Olszak Family, Maureen And Warren Handy, Josh Weiss, Lori Rienhardt, Hillary Waldroop, Jim Thompson, Karen Ramirez, Team Bonnie Sue, Vera And Izzy Williams, Carla C, Ruben Omeara, Ruth Woodhouse, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Erin Hammer, Arlene Vicek, Maryann Romagnano, Bruce Hinterleitner, Karen Adamakis, The Parker Family, Linda Hoffman, Shelby Watson, Jeff Blank, Kyra, Emma Ramsey, Mike Amor, Karrie Rodriguez, Wayne Chadourne, Brian Gallant, Paul Ignudo, Tim Johansen, Jeremy Reichelt, Rebecca Keenan, Melissa Littman, Patrick Broaddus, Jamie Steiner, Vicki Britt, Maddie Inman, Wendy T Faler, Carri Marotto, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Scott Greenbaum, Barry Sklenar, Hobbes And Snorky, George Mundy Jr, Karen Bellamy, Jodie S., Jim Finley, William Allhusen, John Paul C., Mis Jamie Marie, Eric Berger, Jamie Poynton, Maureen Lowe, Donald Purney, Robert P. Flaherty, Jackie Graebel, Bob Hendrix, Brian Richmond, Barclay Bakkum, Jane Johnson, Renee Hardiman, Thomas R Higbee Sr, Sandy Ceplecha, Sue And Ed Adams, Mark Hardy, Eleza And Lara Crook, Leach Family, Carolyn Duff, Eric Enli, and Brent Lollar!

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Challenge #536 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks again AND we’re going back in time. This is an official Disney photo and we talked about the person in the blue jacket recently.

Where in the World #536

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, May 17th, by clicking on the blue box below.

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See you soon, Players!

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May 11, 2018

Disney Vacation Planning for 2018

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As I take a deep breath now that Spring has arrived in the Northeast region of the United States, I am beginning to plan for my upcoming vacations. Two of them will be Disney related.

In September, I will be going out to sea again on the Disney Cruise Line's beautiful Disney Dream. This time I will be accompanied by my grandson who will be 19 months old or 1 year, 7 months. It will be fun sharing a Disney cruise with him. He is a very fun and busy little boy and I will make sure to bring my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 lens (aka the Nifty-Fifty) with me to be able to use fast shutter speeds in low light to keep up with him. The other lens will be the Nikon 28-300VR Superzoom lens. Both lenses will be used on my Nikon D750 Full Frame dSLR camera. Only other piece of equipment will be the Nikon SB-700 Speedlight (Flash Unit) for indoor and outdoor family portraits.

View of the Disney Dream from the Heads Up Bar at Castaway Cay
View of the Disney Dream from the Heads Up Bar at Castaway Cay.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/13, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 85mm Focal Length.

The other Disney trip will be at Walt Disney World in late November. All the parks and resorts will be decorated for the Christmas holiday. I will bring everthing I did for the cruise plus the Nikon 16-35VR Wide Angle Zoom lens and a tripod for night and fireworks photography.

Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cinderella Castle at the end of Main Street USA during a Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party.
Nikon D750/50mm, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 2000, EV 0.

The third vacation will happen before the Disney ones and will be a very special trip. Back in 1981 when I was fresh out of college, I interned at Olympic National Park in the State of Washington. Back then I used an old Minolta SLR film camera which was packed with Kodak and Fuji 36 exposure slide films. Like any 22 year old, I figured I would back soon after my internship was over with better equipment. Thirty-seven years later, I treasure those old slides and need to fully digitize them.

Below are examples of some of the locations I will be re-visiting which were taken back in 1981.

Collage of photos from Olympic National Park in the State of Washington
Collage of photos from Olympic National Park in the State of Washington.

For this trip I will be bringing everything I have listed so far plus a Nikon 70-200VR and Nikon 80-400VR lenses. These will be used for wildlife and landscape photography to compliment the wide angle lens.

As always I will have a Circular Polarizing Filter with me to cut down on glare and pull out the colors of the beautiful Olympic Mountains, Pacific Ocean and Hoh Rainforest.

If you have any questions or have a subject you would like me to cover, leave me a note in the Comments below.





May 8, 2018

Disney Pic of the Week: Contemporary Resort

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

For the next three weeks, we are going to take a trip around the Seven Seas Lagoon with stop offs at each Monorail resort. And speaking of monorails...

Riding up front on the Magic Kingdom Express Monorail heading to Disney's Contemporary Resort, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Riding up front on the Magic Kingdom Express Monorail heading to Disney's Contemporary Resort.
Nikon D70/18-300VR, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 18mm (27mm DX) Focal Length.

Back in 2009, my family and I were able to get a ride with the Monorail operators in the front cab. In fact, we rode up front between Epcot and the Transportation and Ticket Center (TTC) and on the Magic Kingdom Express which is how I was able to get this photo on approach to Disney's Contemporary Resort. Unfortunately, after a bad accident, the Disney Corporation has stopped allowing guests to ride up front on their monorails at Walt Disney World.





May 6, 2018

Where in the World #535

Where in the World by Erin Blackwell

To all who come to this photo trivia game, Welcome! Along the way, the photos can make us relive memories and see details Walt's Imagineers put into everything we love in Walt Disney World!

I’m writing this on Friday, so that makes tomorrow:
Smiley from Millan.Net

Now for Challenge #534
Where in the World #534

And here's the answer:
Where in the World Photo Fun
Copyright © Scott Thomas

It’s Roy O. Disney and Minnie Mouse in their Sharing the Magic statue in the Magic Kingdom. They’re over by City Hall because the Christmas Tree is their usual spot.

I wrote a newsletter article on Roy awhile ago if you’d like to check it out.

This photo is actually part of the AllEars.Net desktop collection, taken by Scott Thomas.

Cathy Fleming was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to all our winners this week! Cathy Fleming, Tammy Warmouth, Herb Miller, Mary Beth Tarbet, The Kertes Family, Phyllis, Michael & Jackie Mclucas, Gloria Martin, Sandie Albrecht, Joann Albrecht, Emily Hudson, Claire Gregory, Michael O'Brien, Karen O' Brien, Michaela O'Brien, Joseph M. Zafia, Loring Family, Al & Kerry Ganter, Linda College, Sharon Powell, Adolph And Kimberly Timm, Julie And Carol Wickware, Steve Porter, Jim Finley, Deb Ragno, Laurie Walker, Andy Hickey, Maureen And Warren Handy, Brian Gallant, Bob & Kathy Mckim, Linda Hoffman, Susie Howard, Sue And Ed Adams, Annette Nuenke, Marsha Waidelich, Ed Suscreba, Karen Schlumpf, Lori Rienhardt, Josh Weiss, Martha & Justin Collins, Jan Rosato, Kris Nixon, Jason Steinmetz, Olszak Family, Joe Bateman, Grumpy's Groupies, Brian Richmond, Belicia Cullen, Scott C, Mickey Eckert, Nan Amor, Ruben O'meara, The Nufranick Family, Scott Greenbaum, Ruth Woodhouse, Janet T Thorn, Tom Koval, Smitty, Bonnie Jean, Sands Family, Jim Thompson, Brian Mcwithey, The Tisdale Family, Team Bonnie Sue, Malampy(benco Families), Theresa Rucando, Andrew Carrieri, Lara And Eleza Crook, Emma Ramsey, Margaret Convery, Carol Baranowsky, Theresa Maradei, Maryann Romagnano, Luis Rodriguez, Team Hill, Karen Taylor, Melissa Haeberle, Stefan Owens, Arlene Vicek, Jodie S., Eric Berger, Wayne Chadourne, Anne Duque, Karen Ramirez, Kyra, The Parker Family, Jamie Steiner, Jeremy A Hardy, Hillary Waldroop, The Gunnels Gang, Melissa Littman, Linda Ranatza, Jodi Cook, Karrie Rodriguez, Deb Gallo, Jeremy Reichelt, Mark Hardy, Joyce Tofflemire, Dallas Hamilton, Susan Doucette, Rebecca Keenan, Cheryl Costello, Sandy Ceplecha, Karen Bellamy, Patricia Morin, Vera And Izzy Williams, Maddie Inman, Scott Sangston, Christine Dagney, The Patterson Family, Chris Kelly, Tricia Petty, Todd Johns, Tim Johansen, Craig, Ben M, Mis Jamie Marie, Dee Dee Kenney, Diane Curfman, Andreas Beer, Paul Ignudo, Terry Harris, Carri Marotto, Steve Knapp, Renee Hardiman, George Mundy Jr, Tracy Discher, Barclay Bakkum, Susan Higginbotham, Jackie Graebel, Jo Ann Bailey, Donald Purney, Jamie Poynton, Sherri Pell, Jane Johnson, Vinnie Degasperis, Hunter Armstrong, Tom Higbee Sr, Peggy Saeger, Vicki Britt, Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Eric Enli, David Mickley, and Shirley Garcowski!

Now it’s time (to say goodbye) – actually, time to announce the monthly winner. The April winner is: Terry Harris! Congratulations! You’ve won a prize from Deb Wills!
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Challenge #535 Where in the world is this?

Switching parks again and it might be tougher, too. There’s a hint up above in something I mentioned.

Where in the World #535

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May 4, 2018

Re-Living an Old Trip to Disney's Animal Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in 2013, I brought the Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED AF VR Zoom lens to Disney's Animal Kingdom. This is the original version of the lens. It is a big, heavy lens which I use mostly for field sports and wildlife photography with an occassional visit to local zoos. Carrying it at a Disney themepark is tiring. However, with an assist from a Disney locker rental, I used the lens for the Kilimanjaro Safari and Pangani Forest Exploration Trail on a day visit.

While the lens is slow at f/5.6 when fully zoomed at 400mm, if the conditions are right with bright sunshine (and when is Florida lacking in that?), it works spectacularly. It was one of the sharpest lenses I owned and had great image quality. I have since upgraded to the lastest version of this lens which has AF-S focusing which is much faster than AF.

The long focal length did give me photos I normally would not have been able to get. This head shot of an Ostrich is only cropped to an 8x10 ratio. He was about 6 feet from the safari jeep. When shooting from a moving vehicle, keep the shutter speed as fast as possible for the available light. I used 1/500th of a second for the entire ride.

Ostrich on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Ostrich (Struthio camelus) on the Kilimanjaro Safari.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV +0.3, 400mm Focal Length.

I took a series of photos of this African Crowned Crane flying during the Flights of Wonder show at Disney's Animal Kingdom with this one being the best. I liked the wing position and the bird's head is the sharpest of the set. Be careful of people sitting near you when using a long lens in a crowded location like a small theater with bench sitting.

Note, this show has been replaced by the UP! A Great Bird Adventure in the same location.

African Crowned Crane flying during the Flights of Wonder show at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
African Crowned Crane flying during the Flights of Wonder show.
Nikon D700/80-400VR, 1/400s, f/5.3, ISO 4500, EV +0.3, 210mm Focal Length.

After working up a sweat, I went back to the locker and switched the large 80-400VR lens with a Nikon 28-300 f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S VR Zoom lens which is much lighter and compact. I walked over to the bird pool which is the first thing people see after going through Disney's Animal Kingdom turnstiles before taking either path through the Oasis and into the park.

I focused in on this Pink Flamingo who was preening himself and made sure the bird's eye was in sharp focus before pressing the shutter button. I have cropped this in a square ratio.

Pink Flamingo preening itself on the Oasis at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pink Flamingo preening itself in the Oasis.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 2200, EV 0, 300mm Focal Length.

As you walk through the Oasis, you will notice a path which cuts between the two main trails. If you walk this path, you will find a very pleasant water pool with a waterfall. Various ducks and black swans live there. I photograhed one of the swans sleeping on a nest. Notice the ISO hit 6400. Not only was it not as bright here, the black color of the swan added to the lower light level.

Black Swan sleeping in the Oasis at Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus) sleeping in the Oasis.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 6400, EV 0, 180mm Focal Length.

You might be thinking why I am sharing photos from 2013? That was a time when I took three trips to Disney properties. One to Disneyland and the other two to Walt Disney World. Due to my work as a sports photographer, the photos from those trips were not fully edited and processed at the time. I have since switched from using Apple's Aperture photo editing and management program to Adobe's Lightroom. I am currently bringing in those trips into Lightroom and you may see more in future blogs.





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