Photographing Clouds at Walt Disney World

Clear blue skies are lovely to most people. For me, I look for clouds to give the sky drama in my photography.

For instance, as I was walking around Epcot’s World Showcase towards the Koutoubia Minaret (prayer tower) in the Morocco pavilion, I noticed the lovely cloud pattern in the sky above it.

Morocco Koutoubia Minaret with Clouds
Koutoubia Minaret (prayer tower) in the Morocco pavilion of Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/160s, f/8, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 65mm Focal Length.

Late November and December at Walt Disney World can bring out big puffy clouds. Clouds added a dramatic backdrop to the end of a Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show in front of Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

Cinderella Castle with Clouds
Fireworks explode at the end of Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire show in front of Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/24-120VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 560, EV +0.3, 30mm Focal Length.

When the sky is overcast with clouds, I tend to try not to get them in the frame as they are so much brighter and often get blown out. Yet, when I was on Sunset Blvd. in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, I could not resist taking a HDR set of photos of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Once processed, I think it came out just right.

Tower of Terror Clouds HDR
Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the end of Sunset Blvd. on a cloudy day in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, f/16, ISO 100, EV +0.3, 65mm Focal Length, HDR Image.

The HDR processing controlled the brightness of the clouds and brought out their spooky textures.

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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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