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February 24, 2017

Shopping Around Epcot's World Showcase

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Shopping in Epcot's World Showcase pavilions can be a lot of fun and very expensive. I prefer to "shop by camera" and to record items I find during my visits as the merchandise changes over time.

For instance, upon leaving the Frozen Ever After ride and entering Puffin's Roost shop in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, you come upon a wall display of framed prints and gifts for sale from the animated movie, Frozen. Something you would have not seen before the movie was released back in 2013.

Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost inside the Norway pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Framed prints and gifts for sale in The Puffin's Roost.
Nikon D750/Sigma 15mm Fisheye, 1/125s, f/2.8, ISO 1100, EV +0.3.

Then, there are the timeless items for sale which have been in the shops since Epcot opened. Coo Coo Clocks inside the Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion have been ticking and coo coo-ing every time I have visited since 1983.

Coo Coo Clock for sale inside Der Bucherwurm store in the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Coo Coo Clock for sale inside the Der Bucherwurm store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/40s, f/3.8, ISO 6400, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

What I enjoy seeing is how pop culture comes and goes throughout World Showcase. No where does it show more than the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion where last year the Pokemon Go phenomenon was in full swing.

Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store in the Japan pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Pokemon plush toys for sale inside the Mitsukoshi Department Store.
Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 1250, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length.

France is the home to many Disney classics including Beauty and the Beast. In the Galerie Des Halles shop you find all manner of souvenirs from Eiffel Tower replicas to shirts from the movie.

Shirt for sale found in Galerie Des Halles shop in the France pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Shirt for sale found in the Galerie Des Halles shop.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/5.6, ISO 1400, EV 0, 24mm Focal Length.

And I did not spend a dime. Well, not exactly, I bought the shirt as a gift for my daughter. Happy shopping!

November 9, 2016

Disney Pic of the Week: Artisans

Deb's Digest Blog

For several years during Holidays Around the World, Reinhard Herzog set up his custom made glass ornament shop at Epcot's Germany pavilion.


The master at work:

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It is fascinating to watch the art of glass blowing as he took ground glass and made it into beautiful ornaments.

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Do you have a favorite Disney artisan? Who is it?

April 15, 2016

More Topiaries from Epcot's Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

This week's Disney Pic of the Week theme was Topiaries. A topiary is a shrubs or trees clipped into ornamental shapes. Disney landscape artists have been using topiaries since the early 1960's at Disneyland. The annual Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot gives these artists a larger venue to show, astound and thrill Walt Disney World guests with topiaries both big and small.

Earlier this week, I shared with you one of the biggest topiaries: Dragon in China. Today, I am going to show you others I found as I walked around World Showcase during the 2016 edition of the Flower and Garden Festival.

As you approach Canada from Future World, topiaries of Bambi (deer), Thumper (rabbit) and Flower (skunk) from the animated feature, Bambi, greet you. It is a delightful scene of youth and merriment as Bambi watches his friends in a field of flowers. To include the Canada pavilion's Hotel du Canada in the background to tell the viewer where the photo was taken, I used a small aperture of f/16 and focused on the closest topiaries of Thumper and Flower about a third into the frame. This creates a hyperfocal photo where everything is in focus from the front (bottom) to the back (top) of the scene (click the link for more information on Hyperfocus).

Character topiaries from the movie, Bambi, near the Canada pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Bambi, Thumper and Flower topiaries near the Canada pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV 0, 18mm focal length.

The topiaries in the United Kingdom featuring Peter Pan overlooking Captain Hook from the top of a building got me to thinking how to best capture the scene. If I moved way back, I would get both of the characters in and probably a lot of my fellow guests as well. As much as I adore all of you, I decided to get in close with a wide angle lens, get on my knees in front of Captain Hook and angle my camera upwards. The result you see below. Again, using the hyperfocal technique, the composition has a nice anchor with Captain Hook standing in a bed of flowers and Peter Pan high above on the roof with a beautiful blue sky behind him.

Character topiaries from the movie, Peter Pan, in the United Kingdom pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Topiaries of Peter Pan and Captain Hook in the United Kingdom pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 22mm focal length.

As a "rule", photographers are told NOT to photograph into the Sun (or any bright light source). Like all good rules, however, this one was made to be broken. While I photographed both the Cogsworth and Lumiere topiaries in the France pavilion various ways, it was the photo you see below which I found the most interesting. The large Sun with the star effect shining down did put the topiaries into dark shadows.

I used photo enhancing software from Macphun called Intensify CK for Mac computers to pull out the details and colors of the topiaries and balance out the bright sunlight. I got in low in front of good old Cogsworth to get most of the people enjoying the area out of the frame. There are several kinds of photo enhancement software products on the market for both Macs and PCs which can do similar effects.

Character topiaries from the movie, Beauty and the Beast, in the France pavilion of Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Cogsworth and Lumiere topiaries in the France pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 220, EV 0, 16mm focal length, Intensify CK.

Earlier this week, Deb showed you the Snow White and the Dwarfs topiary in a different location from 12 years ago. This year, Snow White and her band of merry Dwarfs are found in between Germany and France near the World Showcase Lagoon. Comparing the two photos, you can see how Disney landscape artist have given the faces on the topiaries a far more animated look including eyes, noses, mouths, lips and hair in the case of Snow White in today's versions.

Character topiaries from the movie, Snow White, near the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Snow White and the Dwarfs topiaries near the Germany pavilion.
Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/250s, f/9, ISO 100, EV 0, 23mm focal length.

If you want to learn more about the history of Disney topiaries, click here for an article by Disney historian Jim Korkis.

November 21, 2014

Shopping Around Walt Disney World

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Next to dining, my guess would be shopping as the next most popular thing to do at Walt Disney World. This being one week away from Black Friday, America's day to spend freely for the holiday season, I thought I would share with you a few photos from the shops around the resort. Remember, to always be on the lookout for patterns like the Vinylamation collectibles. Colorful sales displays of things like the pyramid of Duffy the Bears make for very pleasing compositions. Shopping is a very human thing to do and I like to include people even if the expensive artwork is only to be looked at. Leading lines of decorative beer steins in Germany takes the viewer on a trip.

Shopping around Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Shopping around the Walt Disney World Resort
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From top left: Duffy the Bear shop display at Epcot, shopping for Disney art on Main Street USA, Vinylmation collectibles on display inside the D Street store in Downtown Disney's West Side and Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase.

Besides, photography gives me something to do while the rest of my family shops.

October 19, 2014

Where in the World #354

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!

A belated Happy Thanksgiving to all our Canadian Players! I hope you had a lovely holiday!
From Millan.Net

Mike and Susan Hill & Christopher Hall are in Disney World this week! That's two separate trips: the Hills and the Hall's. Wait, I just got that! Maybe you guys are traveling the Food & Wine Festival together. If you are, don't talk bad about me. And have a magical trip (separately or as a group)!
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Patti Mccaffrey, I'll be thinking of you on Tuesday. *hug*

Last week's challenge: number #353
Where in the World #353

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

We're at the Sommerfest entrance of Epcot's German Pavilion! But now I keep thinking of the Biergarten's buffet; haven't been there in awhile. And by the way:
From Millan.Net

Dori's Friend Vicki: did you get me a cream puff? I could use a cream puff. Well, after my diet. Sigh...

Thanks for that, Jeff Blank. Now I have the Hogan's Heroes theme in my head.

Sarah And Chris, I completely forgot about that Full House episode! I definitely think you should be able to hold out your hand and have birds land, like you were Disney royalty!

The Murr Family was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to The Murres and to all our winners this week! The Sands Family, Kristi Strembicki, Tim Johansen, Diane Tredore, Andrea Kruszewski, The Kertes Family, Jennifer Rowell, Betsy Silvestri, Andrew Carrieri, Linda Ranatza, Carol Ney, Mike Amor, Julia Wickware, Andy Hickey, Ed Elder, Sharon Pierce, Becky Norman, Christi Ison, The Gunnels Family, Ken Maikowski, Mike Haeberle, The Strukel Family, Kenny, Nan Amor, Deb Ragno, Eric Berger, Theresa Rucando, Jason Skow, Team Bonnie Sue, Melissa Such, The Tisdale Family, Janet T Thorn, Judy Simonsen, Kris Nixon, Lori Rienhardt, Grumpy's Groupies, Brian Mcwithey, Bob Patterson, The Parker Family, Linda Scrivano, Team Hill, Susie Howard, Robert Wescovich, Claire Gregory, John Bickers, Kye Layton, Sydney Von Schriltz, Lynette Michalos, Team Hill, Lyn Johnson, Timberly Aymond, Jamie Newell, Phyllis, Kate Nejman, Ellen Sullivan, Lori Elias, Amber Penske, The Koren Family, Walter Johnson, Elisabeth S, Molly Sawyer, Dawn Simpson, Ken Savage, Brian Miller, Karen Schlumpf, Tiffany Gibb, Rider Family, Kelly Van Eerden, Dave Freemyer, Carla C, Andra Truitt, Liz Moreau, Linda College, Beverly Carr, Brenda Mclean, Pat Schwier, Adam Lucas, Fiona Knigh, Tommy Montgomery, Christina Trigiani, Cheryl Chambers, Mike Haven, Cheryl Gattudo, Megan Krainski, Rachelle Desjardins, Steve Shadle, Maryann Eckenrode, Kathy Dockham, Tom Swan, Cindy Pink, Rebecca Emery, Bruce Hinterleitner, K Beasley, Al &Kerry Ganter, Tammy Rice, Andrew Eckert, Maryann Romagnano, Theresa Lucorri, Matt Wildey, Stefanie Vandiver, Paula Massarelli, Rebecca Smith, Maureen Handy, Leach Family, Morag Lemon, Chris Horne, Beth Mcmeekin, Ruben O'meara, Rex Biederman, Dawn Fiege, Eric Enli, The Long Family, Valerie Yoder, Maggie Klotz, The Double Family, Hobbes And Snorky, Rebecca Keenan, Jeremy Hardy, Eric Johnson, Timothy Gallany, Pete Dragstrem, Joseph M. Zafia, Tracy Davis, Stefanie Vest, Stefanie Vest, Evald Olson, Jim &Lorie Sonnen, Dawn Bach, Tracy Davis, Mary Ann Lamay, Rob Hepler, The Kahle Family, Jonathan Ward, Heather Capraun, Brian Gallant, Lisa Pinder, Herb Miller, Suzanne Denham, Suzanne Denham, Scott Precise, Vera And Izzy Williams, Chris Guilmett, Christine Dagney, Stefan Owens, Bethany &Dan Angermaier, Trina Noggle, Antoinette Leblanc, Peg Readinger, Lisa Bufo, Ken Jobin, Jen Peterson, Duskin Henard, Lisa Dreher, Jen Snook, Paul Dickson, Tanya Riggio, Mike O'brien, Demetrios Makres, Phil Vickers, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Elaine Kleinhenz, Anastasia Macneil, Larry Sprenkle, Diane Burke, Carolyn Como, Tracer Kascak, Cheryl Costello, Kyra C., Michele Mongeon, Chloe Mayhew, Karen Costa, Theresa Maradei, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Nicole Benoit, Jessica Gruhlke, Gallagher Family, Lisa K., Lizzy &Dave Fullerton, Luis Rodriguez, Owen States, Anna Tietje, Cathy Welsh, The Foleys, Mary, Dee Dee Kenney, Paul Ignudo, Jr., Josh Carney, Blake Schmidt, Margie Bigelli, Dori's Friend Vicki, Jeremy Reichelt, Karen Spreitzer, Patrick Broaddus, Kate Fischer, Annie Niece, Mark Proper, Kristan Bertelmann, Christopher Hall, Carri Marotto, Chris Bauman, Karrie Duffey, Lee Anastasi, Scott Sangston, Al Sandal, Mildred Popp, Tammy Alweis Family, Smitty, Dave Carriere, Tricia Petty, Darrell Shortt, Vicki Britt, Lizanne Fisk, Tyler Otts, Jim Finley, Tricia Noble, Andreas Beer, The Patterson Family, Mary Jo Gallion, Karen Bellamy, Mickey Eckert, Kathleen Bast, Terry Fleming, Daniel Record, Ashley Collins, Matthew Frey, Ed Adams, Arlene Vicek, David Dunkle, Les Whitten, Laura Whitten, Sheryl Hicks, Lorine Landon, Melissa Hendrix, Emily Hudson, Ron Harper, Jairo Caso, Christine Kahle, Jeff Blank, Terry Blair, Virginia Pierce, Paul Scimeca, Gina Dounelis, Caitlin Lewis, Davida, Erin Loring, Dennis Loring, Matt Holley, Jennifer Mercier, Diana Grady, Curtis Bille, Patti Mccaffrey, Mary Beth Tarbet, Jo Ann Bailey, Rob Blundin, Heidi Goodhue, Elise, Doug Olson Family, Jackie Graebel, Les Stewart, Jane Johnson, David Ballard, Carol Collins, Kyle Burdo, Thomas Higbee, Kevin Jones, Jamie Steiner, Hillary Waldroop, Trish Babler, Sherry Trapp, Ken Rhinehart, Alan Mize, Barclay Bakkum, Lindsay Coram, Michael &Jackie Mclucas, Jackie Klafeta, Kelly Smith, Wendy Palmquist, Heidi Goodhue, Erin Rix, Robert Hildebrandt, Deborah Wolfe, Sarah And Chris, Danielle Harsley And Agnes Ciotti, Caroline Burmester, Maja Kodani, Stacy Guarracino, Carol Bertolo-gamill, Marcie Soderlund, Dan And Elizabeth Johnston, Sandie Albrecht, Tanya Keene, Shannon Murray, Heather Pedulla, and Robert P. Flaherty!
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Challenge #354 Where in the world is this?

We're getting tougher this week! I think it's tougher.
Where in the World #354

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September 14, 2014

Where in the World #349

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!

Kameo Crea and her husband will be celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary soon!
From Millan.Net

Last week's challenge: number #348
Where in the World #348

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

Wethers mural in the German Pavilion's Karamell-Küche shop! MMMMM, the lovely scent of caramel in the air!

Ed Elder was the first to send in the correct answer! Congratulations to Ed and to all our winners this week! Jim & Lorie Sonnen, Kye Layton, Stuart Savage, Antoinette Leblanc, Sandie Albrecht, Andrew Carrieri, Tricia Petty, Kristi Strembicki, Katie Parker, Joyce S, Elaine Kleinhenz, The Gunnels Family, Brian Miller, Jen Peterson, Pollyanna Buff, Kevin Wagner, Sharon Pierce, Linda Scrivano, Ellen Sullivan, Jen Tremley, Margot Garofalo, Helen Graves, Britta Andrews, Kris Nixon, Bet Pleban, Mary Beth Tarbet, Tom Hermes, Donna Frank, Tammi Price, Tim Johansen, Linda G., Laurie Walker, Lori Rienhardt, Paul Dickson, Becky Chapman, Double Family, Hillary Waldroop, Bill Schmid, Christina Trigiani, Vera And Izzy Williams, Gabriella, Terry And Matthieu, Bruce Hinterleitner, Laura Zuidema, Beth Mcmeekin, Stefanie Vest, Stefan Owens, Clay Anthony, Phyllis, Duskin Henard, Andrew Eckert, Robert Wescovich, Tammy Rice, Kristy Balbuena, Sands Family, Kyra C., Kameo Crea, Leach Family, Carol Collins, Michele Zowacki, Jeremy Hardy, Karen Adamakis, Bethany Angermaier, Andie Harman, Kevin Jones, Brian Gallant, Belicia Cullen, Scott Cullen, Mike Mondoux, Elizabeth Scarborough, Trina Noggle, Maureen Handy, Al & Kerry Ganter, Eric Johnson, Betsy, Carolyn Como, Vicki And Elizabeth Edwards And William, Jen Eacret, Hobbes And Snorky, Linda College, Jeff & Cheryl Simmons, Krista Serpi, Carol Gamill, Christina Rotella, Mary Ann Lamay, The Rider Family, Craig, Amy Maddox, Trisha, Penny Urell, Mickey Eckert, Theresa Rucando, Les Whitten, Gail States, Maryann Romagnano, Chloe Mayhew, Claire Gregory, Anastasia Macneil, Jonathan Ward, Virginia Pierce, Mike Malampy, Stephanie Peterson, Josh Carney, Allison Scholes, Christopher Hall, Kristyn Scibienski, Terry Blair, Phil Vickers, Cameron Lange, Sarah And Chris, Kevin Parmeland, Tricia Noble, Melissa Littman, The Hutchinson Family, Chris Bauman, Rob Blundin, Ed Adams, Jed Orth, Kristie, Lindsay Clayton, Kate Fischer, Jim Riley, Tom Swan, Jamie Steiner, Kathryn Hughes, Smitty, Ron Harper, Pam Lorenz, Gloria Martin, Michael Haeberle, Ashley Collins, Kerry A., Lorine Landon, Brian Grabowski, John Dupre, Schuyler Etheridge, Maja Kodani, Amy Fleming, Chris, Gretchen, And Katie Barnes, Jo Ann Bailey, Jane Johnson, Kerri Coggins, Susan Doucette, Sheila And Kelly Barnes, Jennifer Mercier, Angela Johnson, Colette Stanton, Darrell Shortt, Susan Linder, and Vicki Britt.

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Challenge #349 Where in the world is this?

Still in the parks!
Where in the World #349

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July 1, 2014

Disney Pic of the Week: Flower and Garden Festival

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Each year the Epcot Flower and Garden Festival transforms the park into a display of natural colors and shapes of favorite Disney characters using over 100 topiaries to decorate both Future World and World Showcase. This year, Disney brought in a couple of new celebrities who were promoting their new movie.

Kermit the Frog serenades the love of his life, Miss Piggy, surrounded by posters from their lastet movie, Muppets Most Wanted. The topiaires can be seen between Germany and Italy around Epcot's World Showcase.

Kermit the Frog serenades Miss Piggy between Germany and Italy in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy topiaries during the 2014 Flower and Garden Festival.
Nikon D700/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 1000, EV 0, 40mm focal length.

Lisa will be here on Thursday to share her whimsical view for the Disney Pic of the Week on the Flower and Garden Festival.

March 15, 2013

Shopping in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Do you like to shop? Even when on vacation at Walt Disney World? When traveling with my wife and two daughters, shopping is a part of the trip. I do like to shop though not as much as they do. Luckily, I have a camera with me and find my own kind of shopping...capturing details of shops imagineeered and themed as much as any Disney attraction or ride is.

The Tea Caddy shop sells specialty tea items, candies and chocolates found in the United Kingdom. I found this item particularly fitting, a tea pot featuring Aice in Wonderland characters.

Alice in Wonderland tea pot in Epcot's United Kingdom pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Alice in Wonderland tea pot for sale in The Tea Caddy shop.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 40mm focal length, bounced flash.
In Germany's Die Weihnachts Ecke shop, it is always time for Christmas shopping for beautiful ornaments.
A mouse ears Christmas ornament in Die Weihnachts Ecke shop in the Germany pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
A mouse ears Christmas ornament in Germany's Die Weihnachts Ecke shop.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/50s, f/5, ISO 1600, EV 0, 78mm focal length, bounced flash.

In Mouse Gears, the merchandise carts are kept together with unique nuts and bolts.

Nut and Bolt display fixture in Mouse Gear at Epcot, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Nut and Bolt display fixture in Mouse Gear.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 320, EV 0, 230mm focal length.

So, if you find yourself a little bored with your travelmates shopping habit, pick up your camera or camera phone and capture the experience.

February 7, 2013

Germany Chocolate Covered Snack in Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

Chocolate covered strawberry snack from Germany in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Chocolate covered strawberry snack from Germany.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/200s, f/7.1, ISO 200, EV +0.7.

My wife loves the chocolate and caramel dipped strawberries from Germany's Karamell-Küche shop. It is her favorite snack so I had to use it for my Disney Pic of the Week on Snacks

August 10, 2012

Prime Epcot

Prime Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

When I am in a photography funk and want to challenge myself, I take my favorite zoom lens off my camera and put on my Nikon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. What I call the Nifty-Fifty. I did this for a day at Epcot and came away with some of the best photos I have taken there.

Prime lenses are fixed focal length, tend to be sharper than zoom lenses and have a larger aperture range. The aperture range allows for extreme selective focus by using it wide open like on this lovely flower I found near Spaceship Earth.

Blue flower near Spaceship Earth in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Blue flower near Spaceship Earth.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/640s, f/1.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Without the ability to zoom in with the lens, I had to "zoom" with my feet. During a performance of the Spirit of America Fife and Drum Corps in front of the American Adventure, I walked up and photographed the Fife player from three feet away. I did this quickly as I knew others were photographing the performance with their zoom lenses.

Fife player in front of the American Adventure in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Fife player in front of the American Adventure.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/250s, f/11, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Another place I had to move in close was at Germany's Karamell-Küche shop where I found these scrumptious chocolate covered strawberries with Werther's Original Caramel wrapped around them.

Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Chocolate Strawberries in Germany's Karamell-Küche shop.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

Prime lenses are your best bet when it comes to dark rides like the Gran Fiesta Tour inside Epcot's Mexico pavilion. Here I photographed Donald Duck photographing me during the relaxing boat ride.

Donald Duck is one of the Three Caballeros of the Gran Fiesta Tour in Epcot's Mexico pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Donald Duck is one of the stars of the Gran Fiesta Tour.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/60s, f/1.8, ISO 640, EV +0.3.

I switched to Shutter Priority mode while watching the Matsuriza, the Taiko Drummers, in Japan to show the motion of the entertainer's arms and drum sticks. I could not get as close as I did for the Fife player so I used leading lines to draw viewers to the drum and drummers.

Taiko Drummers performing at Japan in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida.
Taiko Drummers performing at Japan.
Nikon D700/50mm, 1/20s, f/14, ISO 200, EV +0.3.

As you can see, prime lenses will challenge you and make you think before pressing the shutter. If you have used a prime lens at a Disney themepark, let me know your thoughts.

May 14, 2010

Indoor Tour of World Showcase, Part I

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

You wake up in your room at Walt Disney World and look outside and see dark gray sky and rain falling. This can be a bit disheartening especially if you were planning on doing a lot of outdoor photography while your family enjoys the Florida sunshine. For such days may I recommend visiting Epcot. All the attractions are inside (except for Test Track which may not be running on rainy days) and have lots of photographic opportunities. For this week and next, I am going to take you around World Showcase and show you how I enjoyed a rainy day.

I would suggest bringing a tripod or Gorrillapod for low light photography. A flash can be used to add light where you need it, too. Please be courteous to your fellow guests when using either a tripod or flash.

We are going to start in Mexico and work our way clockwise around the World Showcase. The plaza inside Mexico's pyramid is like any lively marketplace with brightly colored Mexican souvenirs and The Mariachi Cobre band serenading guests. I set up my camera on a tripod to overlook the San Angel Inn dining area and zoomed in on the temple and volcano that overlook the restaurant. The long exposure brought out the muted colors.

The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant inside the Mexico pavilion in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The Aztec temple and volcano which looms over the San Angel Inn restaurant.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 25s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 130mm focal length, tripod

Not sure many people take the time to go inside Norway's Stave Church to see the exhibit within. The Viking exhibit is a nice rainy day stop with displays of some of the most famous Vikings like Olaf II, Erik the Red and Rognvald. The model of the Oseberg longship caught my attention. Did you know this is the same longship seen in the opening of the movie, Spirit of Norway, which guests can watch after riding The Maelstrom.

There is not a lot of room in the Viking exhibit so I did not set up a tripod. I did get on one knee for stability and a better angle and used da Grip.

A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church replica in Epcot's World Showcase Norway pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
A model of The Oseberg longship is in the Viking Exhibit inside the Stave Church.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 1.3s, f/2.8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

I have wanted to get this shot for awhile of the colorful ceiling inside the Temple of Heaven in China's World Showcase pavilion. I thought I would get on my back and shoot straight up but another photographer told me to instead, put the camera down on the floor and use my camera's timer to fire the shutter. Make sure you keep unsuspecting guests from tripping or kicking your camera if you do this.

The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven found at Epcot's World Showcase China pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
The magnificent ceiling inside the replica of the Temple of Heaven.
Nikon D70/Tokina 11-16mm, 3s, f/8, ISO 200, EV +1.0, 11mm focal length

There's a couple of great indoor places in Germany. You can photograph a village while dining at Biergarten or you can enjoy the many shops of the pavilion. Being a fan of beer, I spotted these jovial beer steins in Der Bucherwurm. With an ISO of 1100, I was able to keep the shutter speed at a very hand-holdable 1/60th of a second.

Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop in Epcot's World Showcase, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Beer steins in Germany's Der Bucherwurm shop.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV -0.3, 18mm focal length

Getting into more shopping, I photographed this colorful and extremely expensive glassware in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo shop. If you dine in Tutto Italia, definitely take a tripod as it has very moody lighting but very rich in colors and textures.

Glassware displayed in Il Bel Cristallo store in Epcot's World Showcase Italy pavilion, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida
Glassware displayed in Italy's Il Bel Cristallo store.
Nikon D70/18-200VR, 1/60s, f/4.8, ISO 400, EV +0.3, 50mm focal length

As you can see, there is lots to do, see and photograph around the World Showcase even on a rainy day. Next week we'll finish our indoor tour of World Showcase starting with the American Adventure.

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About Germany

This page contains an archive of all entries posted to Picture This! in the Germany category. They are listed from oldest to newest.

France is the previous category.

Italy is the next category.

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