Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot

Photographic Innoventions by Scott Thomas

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Spaceship Earth looms over Epcot at 180 feet (55 meters) in height. The geodesic sphere has a total of 11,520 full and partial silver isosceles triangles on its surface forming 3,840 points. Disney uses light at night to create a multicolored sphere using those triangles and points which is just too hard NOT to photograph. I have photographed this very composition several times over the years. On my last trip, I noticed the orange color for the first time.

Spaceship Earth at dusk in Epcot's Future World, Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida

Spaceship Earth at dusk in Future World.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/3.5, ISO 6400, EV -0.7, 28mm focal length.

What is your favorite structure to photograph at Epcot?

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Scott's "Photographic Innoventions" blog focuses on intermediate to advanced photography concepts and techniques relevant for Point and Shoot and Digital SLR cameras.

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16 Replies to “Disney Pic of the Week: Epcot”

  1. In Epcot, I love photographing all the different topiarys and all the different gardens, because as the seasons change so do they. As for pic of the week, I especially love seeing the joy and wonderment on people (of all ages) of them enjoying WDW, whether it’s meeting a favorite character, on a ride, eating a Mickey bar or just walking around.To see such happiness brings me happiness.

  2. Love all the photos…gives me a little bit of “Disney Magic” at home.

    Would love to see more nighttime shows photos. Would like tips on how to capture better pictures of fireworks and nighttime shows (Illuminations, Fantasmic,etc.).

  3. My favorite subject is also Spaceship a Earth. I just can’t seem to walk past it without stopping for a photo or two ( or six).

    I think a focus on fun photos from each pavillion in World Showcase would be fun.

  4. I enjoy this series every week! I think it would be fun to seem photos of Disney food, such as a Mickey bar or Dole Whip. Thanks for listening.

  5. I really don’t have a favorite structure in EPCOT.

    As some comic relief from the “normal” “Photo of the Week”, would it be possible to do some “out takes”? I know Lisa purposely used wrong settings as extreme examples but I’m thinking more along the lines of your taking a picture you thought would be good but the character had it’s eyes closed. I’ve had this happen where my family looked great but the character had it’s eyes closed or Roger Rabbit stood on someone’s foot or there was something behind someone which just appeared (like someone walking by wearing a hat that then looked like my subject had the hat on).

    I really enjoy all that you share with us about your job and your passion for Disney. Thank you.

  6. This photo is amazing. I can only aspire to take pics like this. Other than spaceship earth, I like to take pictures of the different buildings in the world showcase. We also took pictures of ourselves wearing hats from every pavilion in WS. Not only was it a lot of fun, but we have memories from each country that is represented.

    Thank you for your beautiful pictures that fill the void until our next visit.

    Scott replies: Love the hat idea. My favorite prop to use at Walt Disney World with my family. Might have to do it again around World Showcase on my next trip.

  7. Hi Scott,
    Your photos are always so lovely. This one is fantastic.
    I love seeing photos of the characters but just anything you post is always interesting.

  8. What a beautiful photograph!

    How about Disney Resort Lobbies – I have visited a lot of the Resorts in WDW and taken lots of photos especially of the beautiful and unique lobbies – but would love some ideas re what to do and where I should stand so that I can get a more unusual picture rather than the standard photos that I imagine many guests will end up with.

    What about views from upstairs – where photos are taken from upstairs balconies and windows and could encompass Parks and Resorts etc.

    Or resort pools?

    Or what about photos in the rain (sorry just sitting at my desk in Yorkshire in the UK and I can see large flakes of snow falling which gave me the idea of that last one).

    Just a few thoughts ………..

  9. Hi Scott –
    I’m going to have to go with Spaceship Earth. I seem to have taken more photos of it than anything else at Epcot. Different angles, locations, lighting. My favorites are when I can get the Monorail in the photo.

    For my choice of Disney Pic of the Week – Everything! You’ve always provided a good random choice of subjects. If I have to narrow it down, pics of details most of us miss, e.g.: signs, landscaping, light fixtures, vehicles, etc. Pics with dramatic lighting or clouds. I could go on and on.

    Looking forward to what you bring us in 2015!
    – Jeff

  10. I love your colorful picture of Spaceship Earth!

    I enjoy taking pictures of the various topiary during the International Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot.

    I have some suggestions for Pic of the Week. We love staging photos at Hollywood Studios, i.e. taking a New York subway, going to use a payphone, or pretending we are getting a newspaper. We have yet to get the right look with the Singing in the Rain umbrella. Also, when taking photos indoors without a flash it can be difficult getting the right settings to take a nice picture. I do not have any good pictures from the Hall of Presidents.

  11. Hi Scott- I absolutely love the nighttime Epcot picture, just beautiful!

    I would love tips on how to shoot pictures while on a ride-like Big Thunder Mountain or The Mad Hatter Tea-cups. I’d love to capture the reactions on my children’s faces but I usually end up with blurry images or no images at all!

  12. Great picture. I would like to see suggestions for bringing a new approach to Disney pictures. I find myself taking the same pictures evey time I visit. Do you give yourself challenges or assignments-how do you produce something fresh that you may not have seen or photographed before.there is so much but it is always picture of castle,picture of Main Street …

  13. My favorite things at Epcot to photograph are the topiaries during the F&GF. Each year my family makes a day of searching for all of them.

    Something that I think would be nice would be a series on photographing parades. It is always hard for me to get all of the float in one pic, good shots of the characters (especially for the nighttime parades) and also dealing with the crowds while trying to take pictures.

    Thank you for helping with our Disney fix!

  14. I think my favorite photo at Epcot is Spaceship Earth from across the lagoon, especially from American Adventure. It gives a different perspective.

    I would love to see Festival of Lion King or Finding Nemo pictures in the Pic of the Week for 2015. Taking pictures of actors and performers who are moving in a stage show can be tricky, so some hints on that would be wonderful also.

    Love the pictures, thanks!

    Scott replies:

    That would be kind of the opposite of what this photo does when it comes to the size of the structure.

    I have noted your request. Maybe a series of live shows would be in order with links to posts where I talk about how to photograph them. Thanks for the idea!