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April 28, 2017

Geometrics at Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

An image having a strong organization of shapes and forms, which is essentially the geometric elements of the photo, will create a strong composition. When I think Disney and geometric elements, I think Epcot's Future World.

The architecture of the pavilions use many geometric shpapes starting with the triangles on Spaceship Earth. In fact there are 11,324 individual triangles which make up the exterior of Spaceship Earth. Each one is an isosceles triangle meaning two of the three sides must be of equal length.

Triangle surfaces make up the exterior of Spaceship Earth at Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Triangle surfaces make up the exterior of Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 1/60s, f/16, ISO 1600, EV +0.3, 16mm focal length.

Looking at the glass structure of the Imagination pavillion, notice the steel framework. They are all parallelograms which repeat over and over.

Parallelograms framework on Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Parallelograms framework on the Imagination pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm Focal Length, tripod, HDR Image.

Getting away from straight lines and angles, Epcot's Mission Space pavilion is more rounded with curves and spheres.

Curves and spheres of Mission Space in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Curves and spheres of Mission Space.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 450, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length.

You can find geometrics everywhere around us not just in Man-made structures but in Nature, too. Look for them the next time you are out photographing at Walt Disney World or in your backyard.

March 24, 2017

More Epcot Yesterland: Rainbow Tunnel

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Looking through old prints for this week's Epcot Yesterland topic, I came across this photo of my daughters from 1998 in the Rainbow Tunnel or Corridor. This area was called ImageWorks and had all kinds of interactive activities for guests to enjoy.

Young guests in the Rainbow Tunnel in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination pavilion from 1998, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Young guests in the ImageWork's Rainbow Tunnel in Epcot's Journey Into Imagination pavilion from 1998.

Did you take a photo like this? I did not have a tripod with me back then so the colors are very muted here. Guessing I was using my trusty Nikon 8008s film SLR here with a 50mm lens.

March 8, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Journey Into Imagination

Deb's Digest Blog

I had the recent opportunity to examine the Journey Into Imagination Press Kit by Kodak and was able to scan the photos. See if you know the area of the pavilion this photo is from. Scroll down for answer. If only I had a digital camera back then.

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"The Magic Palette, one of several color video painting and drawing devices, entertains Dreamfinder and Figment as they experiment with the attractions in Image Works at Journey Into Imagination Epcot Center. The row of palettes is one of eleven different activities in the Image World, a hands-on special-effects area of the pavilion presented by Kodak"

March 7, 2017

Disney Pic of the Week: Imagination

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I was pleased when Disney decided to bring back my pal, Figment, to the Imagination pavilion. You can see him again inside the pavilion and outside, too.

Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV 0, 26mm Focal Length.

Deb will be here tomorrow to share her Imagination photo on our tour of Epcot's Future World.

March 18, 2016

Flower and Garden Festival Monorails

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Colorful flowers on land and water at the annual Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Colorful flowers on land and water at the annual Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 160, EV 0, 35mm Focal Length, Panorama.

I spent a day recently at Epcot's annual Flower and Garden Festival. I wanted to capture the beauty and color of the festival. Above, I used four photographs stitched together to create a panoramic. As much as I like this photo and it does show how colorful Epcot gets, it is missing an important element which would make you think "That's Epcot" immediately. In the photos below, I waited and captured it.

Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Yellow moves over the Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 180, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Monorail Yellow was a bit shaded and I dodged (lightened) it a little to pull out its color. After taking this photo, I walked over to the path between the Imagination pavilion and World Showcase to get a front lighted photo of the next monorail. Notice the difference in the exposures.

Monorail Green moves over the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Monorail Green moves over the Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/320s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 16mm Focal Length.

Monorails come through the Epcot loop more or less on a regular basis. A lot depends on how busy the parks are as to how often you see a monorail moving overhead as you walk around Future World. On this day, these two monorails ran ten minutes apart.


January 16, 2015

Focus on Epcot Photowalk

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Focus on Epcot Photowalk, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Focus on Epcot Photowalk

As I mentioned awhile back, I will be traveling to Walt Disney World a couple of times this year. My first trip is next month and I have planned an All Ears Photowalk around Epcot's Future World. The focus (pun intended) will be on these three photographic items:

  • Hyperfocal Distance or Hyperfocus (Landscape Mode)
  • Selective Focus (Portait Mode)
  • Using a Polarizing Filter

The Photowalk will be held on Monday, February 9, 2015, from 9:30AM to 11:30AM. Meeting location will be outside the Nikon Camera Center. The location is across from Spaceship Earth on the right side as you walk in from the Future World entrance. While you may attend by just showing up, if you think you will be at the photowalk, add a comment to this post. I will not be publishing the comments but will use the emails to correspond with everyone interested.

Click here for Focus on Epcot Facebook Event Sign Up

Before the Photowalk, I will be posting blogs about each of the items to be covered. Note, you do not need a polarizing filter but one will be demonstrated along with a special tip.

July 20, 2014

Where in the World #341

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!

Stuart Savage, thank you for such a lovely note!

Also, thank you to everyone who voted for Deb Wills as the Best Theme Park blogger! I'm still disappointed that she got second (she's not, she's thrilled! Such a good heart!); she'll always be the best to us!
From Millan.Net

Last week's challenge: number #340
Where in the World #340

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

It's Figment's Melody Maker! Located in the ImageWorks "What If" Labs in Epcot's Imagination! pavilion.

Kristi Strembicki was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Kristi and to all our winners this week! Donna Frank, Jennifer Rowell, The Kertes Family, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Eric Berger, Jonathan Thomas, Christi Ison, Theresa Rucando, Mary Beth Tarbet, Deb Ragno, Ellen Campbell, Vera Dercole, Kristi Kelly, Lori Rienhardt, Ellen, Olszak Family, Bryant And Ruben O'meara, Jenny Brennan, Shannon Heffern, Tom Swan, Tom Koval, The Gunnels Family, Virginia Pierce, Christy Dehning, Theresa Fontaine, Team Hill, Bethany Angermaier, Tricia Petty, James Warda, Andrew Carrieri, Pati Nystrom, Kelley Madensky, Erin Hammer, Megan Krainski, David Villarrubia, Vera And Izzy Williams, Phyllis, Pollyanna Buff, Kathie Peluso, Beth Richards, Tim Breaux, Ann Dunnington, Demetrios Makres, Stuart Savage (uk), Margot Garofalo, Christine Dagney, Yvonne Marchione, Mary Dieuliis, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Carolrn722, Tinkerbell Wells, Mary Ann Lamay, Mike Haeberle, Todd Johns, Kathy Davies, K Beasley, Laura V., Josh Carney, Sharon Pierce, Rosemarie Novelo, Sarah Francis, Angela Fennell, Jennifer Peterson, Candice Grimes, Tonya Gibson , Debbie, Scott Precise, Ralph Chamberlain, Missy Bremer, Kelly Deleon, Tyler Otts, Desiree Fremer, Kenny, Hobbes And Snorky, Arlene Alejandro-mace, Jennifer Harmon, Lee Deroia , James Wiley, Paul Moore, Susie Howard, Maggie Klotz, Eric Johnson, Karen Schlumpf, Linda Scrivano, Mike Mondoux, Stefanie Vest, Ken Daube, Chuck Sands, Louise Moss, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Beth Pleban, Maureen Handy, Christina, The Kahle Family, Nan Amor, Grumpy's Groupies, Maryann Romagnano, Etcoggins, Al Desimone, Deb Desimone, Tim Johansen, Suzanne Renfroe, Team Bonnie Sue, Les Stewart, The Long Family, Wayne Beck, Jennifer And Elizabeth Geno, Michele Zowacki, Lisa Bufo, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Mike Amor, Caroline Steill, Vanessa Gordon, Josette Gabel, Carrie Mckinney, Russ Morgan, Jizelle Pickering, Julia Marsh, Elaine Tomko-deluca, Kevin Parmeland, Kymie Crews, Gail States, Bonnie Tulenko, Tricia Noble, Carla C, Patti Mccaffrey, Rob Blundin, Rebecca Keenan, Gloria Martin, Evald Olson, Dave Carriere, Karrie Duffey, Caroline Burmester, Nicole Benoit, Kelly, Scott Harrington, Angel Diven, Angela Horan, Mike Malampy, Les Whitten, Les Whitten, Vicki Britt, Jen Tremley, Shannon Murray, Hillary Waldroop, Erin, Betsy Silvestri, Walt Sent Us, Emily Hudson, Karen Adamakis, John Bickers, Kristin Dormuth, Brian Grabowski, Amber Slifer, Tom Higbee, Jane Johnson, Sarah Coleman, Kerry Mccaffrey, Olivia D, and Joan Lindley.
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Challenge #341 Where in the world is this?

We're staying in the parks again, although not necessarily the same one, for this week's challenge!
 Where in the World #341

Do you know? Do you have a guess? Please send in your answer, before the end of the day on Thursday, July 24th, by clicking on the blue box below. Please do not post answers using the Feedback Form link at the bottom of this post.

See you next week, Players!

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Everyone who sends in a correct answer to a Where in the World Challenge this month will be entered in a drawing at the end of the month for some special AllEarsĀ® goodies!

January 17, 2014

Highway in the Sky over Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Keeping with this week's photo theme, here is another iconic symbol of not only Epcot but all of Walt Disney World: the WDW Monorail System known as the Highway in the Sky. Each day, monorails transport thousands of resort guests around the Seven Seas Lagoon on either the Express or Resort track back and forth to the Magic Kingdom. You can also transfer to the Epcot track at the Ticket & Transportation Center (TTC) for further service to Epcot.

Monorail Pink in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Monorail Pink passing by the Imagination Pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/11, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 180mm focal length.

I took this from the walkway between the Odyssey restaurant and World Showcase. I waited for a few minutes for a monorail to pass by. This is one of those reference photos I take to remind me to revisit this location in the future when the Sun is close to setting.

Monorails give a very relaxing, smooth and air conditioned ride even if you have to stand. Remember...Por favor mantenerse al lado de las puertas! at each stop.

February 12, 2013

Disney Pic of the Week: Journey Into Imagination

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

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 him using his Dream Catcher. Figment disappeared for a short time but came back when Dr. Nigel Channing opened the Imagination Institute.

What has not changed is the outside of the Imagination pavilion with its jumping water pods which facinate every person no matter their age as water leaps from one pad to another in a seemingly random pattern.

Imagination pavilion in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Jumping water pods outside the Imagination pavilion.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/100s, f/5.6, ISO 200, +0.3 EV, 22mm Focal Length

Come back on Thursday when Lisa shares her Disney Pic of the Week for the Journey Into Imagination.

March 23, 2012

Illuminations over Imagination in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

I follow many photographers who enjoy perfecting their craft in Disney parks all over the world. These men and women come up with many photo ideas I often make note of these photos to try an attempt myself. These help to push my photographic skills as I try to master new techniques and see things differently.

Once a person has photographed the many Disney fireworks shows from the traditional viewpoints, one looks for different angles and perspectives. I had seen versions of the photo below. To photograph it, I found this position across from the Journey into Imagination pavilion's famous reverse waterfall a few minutes before Illuminations started. I setup a tripod and put a three-stop neutral density filter on a wide angle lens. Unlike when I can hear the show music, I had to wait for the bursts to emerge high enough to open the shutter.

Illuminations firework bursts behind the Imagination pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Illuminations firework bursts behind the Imagination pavilion.
Nikon D700/Tokina 11-16mm, 8.6s, f/9, ISO 400, EV 0, 16mm focal length, 3-stop ND filter, tripod.

If you are looking for alternative places to photograph firework shows at any of the Disney parks, websites like flickr have thousands of images for you to get inspiration from.

December 17, 2010

TRON Legacy

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

TRON Legacy monorail going past the Imagination Pavilion in Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
TRON Legacy monorail going past the Imagination Pavilion.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/250s, f/6.3, ISO 200, EV +0.3, 28mm focal length

TRON: Legacy opens today in the United States as the long anticipated sequel to Disney's 1982 TRON. Earlier this year, the TRON Monorail started running between the Magic Kingdom and Epcot to promote the film. The monorail has two sides, one with a yellow lightcycle and the other side you see above with a blue lightcycle.

I thought it was great synergy between the themeparks and motion picture divisions of the Disney company. Not everyone thought the TRON monorail was a good idea. To those people, I surmise Walt Disney would have done such a promotion in a heartbeat. He wasn't one to miss an opportunity to create a buzz about a new film his company was making.

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