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Varying the Point of View at the Magic Kingdom

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I use the Partners statue of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse a lot on this blog to show various techniques. Today is no exception.

My party had an early morning breakfast in the Magic Kingdom and as I walked up Main Street USA I could see the nice lighting on Cinderella Castle and the Partners statue. With few other guests around, I had time to do something I often tell others to do: Take a wide shoot, a medium shot and a close up.

For the first two photos, I had my camera in Aperture Priority mode with it set to f/16.

Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle: Wide View .
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV +0.3, 24mm Focal Length.

Shooting in the verticle or portrait in f/16, I had everything in focus from the front of the statue to Cinderella Castle in the background. I made sure to balance the fixed objects around the statue in the composition.

Standing in the same position, I zoomed in to tightly frame the statue to include the bass with the quote and use Cinderella Castle as the background.

Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle: Medium View .
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 720, EV +0.3, 85mm Focal Length.

These next two photos, I moved in closer to the statue and took another medium photo but this time leaving out the base. I also went to Program mode letting the camera select the shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle: Medium View Recomposed.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/6.3, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 46mm Focal Length.

Being closer allowed me to completely use Cinderella Castle as the backdrop. Being close, the camera opened up the f-stop to 6.3 giving the background a soft focus.

On this last one, I zoomed in tight on the Walt Disney side of the statue. The aperture got even wider at f/4.5 and gave the background the nice bokeh effect.

Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Partners statue in front of Cinderella Castle: Wide View .
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/4.5, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 105mm Focal Length.

You can do this anywhere there is a stationary object or have a very patient model to work with. Family members can be helpful...sometimes.





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