Disney Food Photography: Kona Cafe Edition

The editors here at AllEars.net always remind me to take lots of photos of food when I visit Walt Disney World. Alas, I do not do it enough. I do like to photograph one good meal each time when there are a few adults dining with me, though.

Kona Cafe Sign
Kona Café in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/4, ISO 1250, EV 0, 105mm Focal Length.

Such was the case for breakfast at Kona Café in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort. Kona Café was very busy that morning and my group was seated in tight to other tables. Normally, I like to get down to eye level when photographing food items, but had to make do this time.

I photographed all the food photos in manual mode with these settings: Shutter Speed at 1/60th of a second, Aperture at f/5.6, Auto ISO set to ON and bounced flash off the ceiling to fill in shadows and enhance colors.

First up was the Polynesian Egg Platter breakfast entree, which is served with two eggs-any style (scrambled here) with fresh fruit poke, bakery-fresh muffin and home-fried potatoes with sausage links.

Kona Cafe Polynesian Egg Platter
Kona Café Polynesian Egg Platter breakfast entree in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 48mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Ham and Cheese Omelet breakfast entree with home-fried potatoes.

Kona Cafe Ham and Cheese Omelet
Kona Café Ham and Cheese Omelet breakfast entree in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 55mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Seven Seas Samoan breakfast entree featuring poached eggs with citrus hollandaise sauce on pulled pork and turkey hash with mustard greens and tomatoes tossed in a citrus vinaigrette.

Kona Cafe Seven Seas Samoan
Kona Café Seven Seas Samoan breakfast entree in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 280, EV 0, 75mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

And last, but certainly not least, Kona Café’s specialty…Tonga Toast breakfast entree with sausage links and strawberry compote.

Kona Cafe Tonga Toast
Kona Café Tonga Toast with sausage links and strawberry compote breakfast entree in Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/60s, f/5.6, ISO 400, EV 0, 32mm Focal Length, Bounce Flash.

Ah, now I want to go back and get another Tonga Toast!

Kona Cafe Restaurant

Rating: 8.37 / 10 Recommended By: 88%
Menus: Children's Lunch/Dinner, Breakfast, Children's Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Services: Table Service , Table Service

When processing these photos, I took a Custom White Balance off the plates using Adobe Lightroom’s White Balance dropper (most photo editors have something similar). The original photos had a touch of blue/green color cast from the lighting used by the restaurant and the ambient lighting coming down from the glass roof overhead.

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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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