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April 14, 2017

Photographic Patience at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I covered this week's theme on Patience before in a blog post entitled, "Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World" back in 2013. In it, I talked about waiting until I got a people free photo opportunity.

This week I talk about another kind of patience. The kind we all face being a photographer with a group of people or traveling with family at Walt Disney World.

The first is time waiting for someone to shop in the many stores, shops and kiosks found in and around the resort. I fill up the time by wandering around and looking for interesting merchandise to photograph. In the photo below I found these colorful hats on display in the Disney Outfitters Shop at Disney's Animal Kingdom.

Hats on display inside Disney Outfitters shop in Disney's Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Hats on display inside Disney Outfitters shop in Disney's Animal Kingdom.
Nikon D750/18-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.8, ISO 5600, EV +0.3, 34mm Focal Length.

A ride queue, especially for the most popular rides, can be very time consuming. Thankfully, Disney Imagineers put in as much work into the queues as they do the rides. As older rides have been refurbished and new rides open, the queues have become more interactive and photographically pleasing. For example, Frozen Ever After's queue is a pleasing wait in a Norwegian village ending in Oaken Token's with a fun sauna inside.

Frozen Ever After queue in the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waiting in the Frozen Ever After queue in Epcot's Norway pavilion.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/50s, f/2.8, ISO 12800, EV +1.0.

I like to photograph firework shows with a tripod. This means staking out a location long before show time. I use the time to experiment with different exposures like this very long exposure looking down Main Street USA.

Waiting Main Street USA for Holiday Wishes to start in the Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Waiting Main Street USA for Holiday Wishes to start in the Magic Kingdom.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 30s, f/11, ISO 100, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Tripod.

This is the hardest subject to be patient with to photograph. Your food order when it gets set before you and you are hungry. I am not talking about your everyday hunger, I mean Walt Disney World hunger. You know what I mean. Below is a photo of Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at the Homecoming Restaurant in Disney Springs. I had heard all kinds of postive things about his dish, I almost started eating before I took a couple of photos. I mean, look at it. Hungry, yet? Yes, it is as good as people say.

Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Art's Fabulous Fried Chicken entree at Homecoming restaurant in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/40s, f/10, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 48mm Focal Length.

When you are waiting for family or friends, look around for a photo op. At Walt Disney World, they are everywhere.

April 7, 2017

Disney Springs Intensified

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

During my last visit to Disney Springs, two locations were finally finished and open for business which I wanted to photograph. The first was the Planet Hollywood Observatory which recently re-opened after an extensive renovation to fit in with the Disney Springs theme.

The first photo was taken Straight Out Of the Camera or SOOC to most photographers. It is a fairly flat photo with dark and light regions.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Below is what the Planet Hollywood Observatory looks like after using Macphun's Intensify CK photo editor which I use as a plug-in for Adobe's Lightroom CC. Intensify CK has starting filters of all kinds for many situations. I use a few favorites. The one I used here was the Soft HDR filter which makes a series of adjustments over one image in one click of the mouse. It is a real time saver for me when photos come SOOC with many photo editing challenges. I could have done it all myself but it would have taken 15 to 30 minutes to get it close to this.

Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory Restaurant at Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV -0.3, 28mm Focal Length.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar located in The Landing area of Disney Springs is just a great idea, period. Disney could have put this anywhere on property and it would have been a hit. For me, the entrance to the building and the use of textured surfaces make it a perfect subject to use Intensify CK with. First, the Before Photo which is heavily backlighted late on a Florida afternoon.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Here I applied the Enhance Shadows filter at 85% to dramatically open up all the shadows in the original photo. Now you can see all the metal, glass and wood textures used by Disney in the construction of the bar and lounge.

Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar in Disney Springs edited in Macphun Intensify CK.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125, f/8, ISO 2000, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

In each case, after I was done in Intensify CK, I returned to Lightroom to finish up the image. Adding sharpness and clarity. Most times, Intenisfy CK will add digital noise which Lightroom has little trouble dealing with. In the end, I get a great looking image in far less time.

Do you need to be a Photoshop wizard? Not with such tools as Macphun produces for Apple Mac users. Check them out to see all their photo editing products.

March 17, 2017

St. Patrick's Day at Raglan Road Irish Pub at Disney Springs

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

In celebration, here are photos from the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant located in The Landing of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World. Now, you would expect a rousing time there on St. Patrick's Day but Raglan Road has expanded it to host the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival. Leave it to the Irish to make a good thing even better.

Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant hosts the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant hosts the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival at Disney Springs.

What's that you say? You traveled to Walt Disney World and forgot to bring suitable St. Patrick's Day attire? Never you fear, the Shop for Ireland Store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant has everything you would need to bring out your Irish spirit.

Shop for Ireland store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shop for Ireland store inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

The Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant promises a cacophony (big word that) of music so Irish that's it’s more Irish than any other found including Irish dancing, music and other astounding entertainments.

Irish Dancing inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Irish Dancing inside the Raglan Road Irish Pub and Restaurant in Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

If you are lucky enough to be visiting Walt Disney World this week or live close by, stop by Raglan Road and check out the Mighty St. Patrick's Festival.

March 10, 2017

Aerial Tour of Disney Springs at Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Back in January, I posted a Disney Pic of the Week of an aerial photograph I took of what was then called Downtown Disney from the Characters in Flight Balloon ride. At the time, I said I had been trying to go on the ride to get new photos of Disney Springs. Third time was the charm as last week the winds calmed down enough for me to ride the tethered balloon.

The latest version of the balloon no longer has characters on it. The colors and patterns were changed to better fit in with the Disney Springs theme. I would guess the name of the ride may be changed down the road as well.

Characters In Flight Balloon ride at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Characters In Flight Balloon ride at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 500, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Launching and landing is extremely smooth as the balloon's winch spools the cable out and in during the ten minute ride.

Characters In Flight Balloon tethered cable, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The tethered cable of the Characters In Flight Balloon ride.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/8, ISO 2800, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

The angle below shows the Disney Springs Marketplace. This is the same area I shared back in January (see link above). The place has really changed in the last five years. There is now a bridge from the Rainforest Cafe to Paddlefish (which was Fulton's Crab House), The Boathouse and Jock Lindsey's Hanger Bar has been added. I even caught the volcano erupting.

Marketplace at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Marketplace at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1000, EV 0, 19mm Focal Length.

You can walk around the balloon's "basket" to get a full 360 viewing. I next photographed the new Disney Springs Town Center. Here you can see the new shops and restaurants as well as the spring meandering through the complex. Towards the bottom is a section of The Landing. Towards the top is the Lime Parking Garage.

Town Center at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Town Center at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1100, EV 0, 29mm Focal Length.

Disney Springs West Side has not changed a lot but will be. The large, blue Disney Quest you see in the photo below is scheduled to close in July of 2017 and will be replaced by an NBA Experience attraction. It was recently announced La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil will be closing at the end of 2017 which is performed in the white Circus tent looking building. You can also see the Orange Parking Garage which has an exit right off of the highway.

West Side at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
West Side at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

As you go up and down in the Characters In Flight Balloon ride, you can get different angles of Disney Springs. I took this photos of the newly re-opened Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store on my ride's descent.

Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs from the Characters In Flight Balloon, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Planet Hollywood Observatory restaurant and the Coca-Cola Store at Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, f/8, ISO 1600, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

Hope you enjoyed this aerial tour of the Disney Springs dining, shopping and entertainment complex.

January 24, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Disney Springs Aerial

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I visited Disney Springs twice last year and both times the weather grounded the Characters in Flight balloon ride. I wanted to get an updated aerial view since the transformation from Downtown Disney for this week's aerial topic. Unable to do so I went back and found this aerial taken back in 2011 when it was still called Downtown Disney.

Aerial view of Downtown Disney, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
erial view of Downtown Disney now known as Disney Springs.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60, f/3.5, ISO 3200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length.

I still hope to get Disney Spring aerials sometime this year. Stay tuned!

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Disney Springs aerial photo.

June 21, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Full Service Restaurant

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

As Downtown Disney transitioned to Disney Springs, The Landing area was born with new restaurants and lounges. The Boathouse restaurant is an upscale, waterfront dining experience. Yes, it is expensive but I highly recommend it if you can afford it.

The Boathouse restaurant in The Landing area of Disney Springs, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Boathouse restaurant in The Landing area of Disney Springs.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm Focal Length

Tomorrow, Deb will share another sit down restaurant.

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