Framing the Gates of Epcot

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Unlike framing a picture to hang on a wall, using a “frame” in your photographs is very different. By doing so you give the image added depth, leads the viewer to the main subject and gives the photo context and sense of place. This is especially true with architectural subjects like arches or gates. Epcot’s … Continue reading "Framing the Gates of Epcot"
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Easy Photography Special Effects

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Sometimes the cooler shots come along by accident. While visiting the China pavilion in Epcot, I approached a figure in a glass display. As I moved, I immediately noticed that the seam in the glass allowed me to have some fun. What I first saw. Slight adjustment in my position and I doubled the gentleman’s … Continue reading "Easy Photography Special Effects"
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Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World

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Returning to Epcot for another tip on photographing in busy tourist attractions using Walt Disney World examples. This one can be tough if you are traveling with children but not impossible. Even as busy as a Disney themepark can be, if you wait a bit, an opportunity will present itself. The first photo of the … Continue reading "Play the Waiting Game at Walt Disney World"
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Newbie and the Geek Take Epcot

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Happy Birthday to me. OK, now that I got that out of the way, if you’ve missed any of my previous trip report blog entries, the links are posted for your clicking convenience. Disney’s Animal Kingdom posted Feb. 13th Magic Kingdom posted Feb. 20th Disney’s Hollywood Studios posted Feb. 23rd Downtown Disney and More posted … Continue reading "Newbie and the Geek Take Epcot"
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Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World

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Last week we talked about what makes a good Travel Photograph. This week, I am talking about what makes a good Vacation Photograph. It will not surprise you to hear they both are very much a like. You want them to tell a story and to give a sense of place or where you were … Continue reading "Vacation Photography at Walt Disney World"
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Epcot Flowers

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Hanging flowers in front of Epcot’s Italy pavilion.Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/100s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 28mm focal length, polarizer filter. It was a beautiful Autumn day in Epcot’s World Showcase when I took this photo featuring these beautiful flowers in hanging pots in front of the Italy pavilion. I used a small aperture of f/16 … Continue reading "Epcot Flowers"
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Nine Dragons: World Showcase’s Overlooked Restaurant

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One of the primary goals of World Showcase is deepening guests' understanding and appreciation of the countries they are visiting. World Showcase is a place to educate and entertain, somewhere guests can experience first-hand the cultures, histories, sights, and sounds of 11 different nations. As such, every aspect of these World Showcase pavilions helps to offer insight into their country's culture and people; their attractions, shops, and restaurants all have different stories to tell. With Nine Dragons this story starts with the restaurant's name. The name Nine Dragons is very fitting because both the number nine and dragons have special significance in Chinese culture. In China, dragons traditionally symbolize potent and auspicious powers such as control over water, rainfall, hurricanes, and floods. The dragon is also a symbol of power, strength, and good luck. Throughout the country's history, the Emperor of China has used the dragon as a symbol of his imperial power and strength.
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China’s Stone Dragons

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Dragon stone carving in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest at China.Nikon D700/50mm, 1/1600s, f/2.5, ISO 200, EV +0.3. I am constantly surprised at the amount of detail I find in all the pavilions in Epcot’s World Showcase. I found this craved dragon of stone in front of the Hall of Prayer … Continue reading "China’s Stone Dragons"
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