A Sense of Place at Disney’s Port Orleans – French Quarter

As a travel photographer, I make it my goal to create a sense of place when photographing on location. Most Walt Disney World Resorts are themed in such a way as to do the same. They are great places for new photographers to work on this skill.

Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter (POFQ) theme is pretty straightforward. The resort’s medallion has its origins in New Orleans’ Mardi Gras festival icons.

POFQ Emblem
Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/320s, f/8, ISO 1600, EV -0.6, 65mm Focal Length.

Photography Note: The challenge photographing the medallion was the bright sky behind it. I used spot metering to get a good, bright and colorful exposure while controlling the sky with an EV of -0.6.

New Orleans, besides Mardi Gras, is famous for food and music. Earlier this week, I shared a photo of the delicious Mickey Mouse beignets, which can be found in the Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court.

POFQ Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory
Sassagoula Floatworks and Food Factory food court in Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 4000, EV +1.0, 24mm Focal Length.

Music is represented in a couple of locations. First up are members of the Alligator Band along the path to the main pool, where more of the band continues to entertain guests.

POFQ Alligator Musicians
Alligator musician figurines at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/4, ISO 6400, EV 0, 50mm Focal Length.

Photography Note: I noticed this composition earlier in the day but the sunlight was harsh with lots of shadows. The studio-like lighting at night brought out the colors.

In the Scat Cat’s Lounge you will find the blues being played nightly. Glass etchings surrounding the lounge have musicians and instruments relating to the blues.

POFQ Blues Musician
Glass etching of a blues musician with a trombone in Scat Cat’s Lounge at Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1100, EV 0, 30mm Focal Length.

New Orleans has its steamboat tours of the bayous.  POFQ has the Sassagoula Steamboat Company, which takes guests up and down the Sassagoula River to either Disney Springs or Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside.

POFQ Sassagoula Steamboat Company
The Sassagoula Steamboat Co. cruising on the Sassagoula River to Disney Springs in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 100, EV 0, 120mm Focal Length.

I hope I gave you a sense of Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter beyond the guest rooms.

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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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