Its always exciting when you go through your old pictures and you find one that slid under the radar when you looked at them before. Since its been a few years since our Disney trip, I was going through my photos and stumbled on this shot for Monorail Monday! Between the Disney groups on Facebook and the ads for Pandora: The World of Avatar, I’ve really been missing “home”!
It is nice to go through old photos and realize how much you’ve grown as a photographer. I was still pretty new to the DSLR game back then and I really relied heavily on auto ISO. This photo was taken in the middle of the day in the sun at ISO 1250 and f/20. Why did I do that? I can’t wait to go back there with my new knowledge and (hopefully) better gear and see what I can get!
Walt Disney World is a place I’ve been more times than I can count. Growing up, we visited every year. The Disney parks are one of the few places I can successfully navigate without a map (or GPS). There is something about seeing Cinderella Castle that just makes me feel like I’m home.
Not to get too Disney Nerdy on you but I love what Disney is doing with technology right now. At first, when I heard about Magic Bands (for those of you who are not in the Disney loop, you wear a bracelet that acts as your ticket and your room key) I was skeptical. I’m not someone who typically likes to wear things on my wrist. I was not a LiveStrong bracelet girl, but maybe I’m changing because I’ve had a FitBit on my wrist for over a year now. When we were in Disney, I LOVED my Magic Band! I didn’t need to carry a wallet to hold my ticket so if I didn’t want to bring my camera, I left the bag in the room and went into the parks with nothing. The super planner in me loved that I had everything planned in advance. Yes, some people feel like spontaneity is ruined with the pre-planning of meals and fastpasses, but I think the planning adds to the fun. And with all the additions and changes they’re making to the parks its hard to wait a few years between trips! If you’re thinking about a Disney vacation, I highly recommend talking to a travel agent. They really do take the stress out of all the planning that goes into a Disney vacation these days. I’m not affiliated with any agency, although if you’re an agent and are looking to advertise, send me an email!
If you’ve been following my blog for a little while, you may be familiar with the fact that I am a bit of a Disney
fan nerd. Even as a kid, Epcot has always held a special place in my heart. Personally, IllumiNations is the best nighttime show at the parks. Does it have the Disney music we all know? No. Is it something young kids are going to appreciate? Probably not. Will I cry like a baby if they ever decide to change it? Most likely.
So, on my last trip I knew that I had to put a day aside and bring my tripod to shoot IllumiNations. This was the first time I ever attempted to get a quality (read – long exposure, not taken with a cell phone) photo of fireworks and I must admit it was team effort. My husband watched the view finder and told me when to fire with the remote shutter. One tip for anyone looking to shoot IllumiNations, get closer to the rail along the lagoon. We parked on the opposite side of the sidewalk and by the time the show was over, most of our shots were ruined from all the heads in front of us. But, I think this one turned out pretty good.