I enjoy the water transportation services at Walt Disney World. While they can be crowded at times, the smaller vessels are normally very relaxing. For photographers, riding them can give unique views of the many resorts found on the waters of WDW.
Taking a motor launch from the Magic Kingdom to the Grand Floridian, I photographed the Polynesian Village Resort and Bungalows. Even though it was late morning, I got good light with the Sun being behind me. I cropped this down as the original had way too much sky above the resort.
Riding in the back of a larger motor launch to Fort Wilderness Campground and Resort, I used a Circular Polarizer Filter and low afternoon Sun to bring out colors of Disney’s Bay Lake Tower and Contemporary Resorts and the clouds above them.
Taking a Sassagoula River ferry from Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort, one gets beautiful views of a few resorts until you come upon the Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort before arriving at Disney Springs. The Sun had set and left beautiful colors on the clouds and brought out the lights around the resort.
It was early in the morning when I boarded a FriendShip Boat for Epcot. One of the stops along the way was Disney’s Yacht Club Resort. The Sun was still low in the sky and gave off a nice warm light.
Notice in each paragraph below the photos I talk about where the Sun was. When you are photographing anytime outside, a photographer needs to take notice of where the Sun is and the quality of the light. Is the sunlight harsh, warm, cool, shadowy, reflective? It is high or low in the sky or even below the horizon? Keeping track of the Sun’s location should become a part of your photography skill.
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