Pattern and Repetition at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

To make images more interesting and creative, look for patterns and repetition in the world around you. This is what I did on a recent visit to Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Ever notice the bamboo groves when riding on one of the Kilimanjaro Safari safari jeeps? Zooming in on a stand of bamboo shows patterns of greens and grays.

Bamboo Pattern at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Bamboo at the start of the Kilimanjaro Safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO 5000, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Later on the ride, I found patterns on a Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus) with its striking black and white markings. These patterns help the Bongo blend into the vegetation of their environment in the park and wild.

Bongo Pattern at Disney's Animal Kingdom
Bongo (Tragelaphus eurycerus) photographed on the Kilimanjaro Safari in Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 4500, EV +0.3, 300mm Focal Length.

Repetition can be found in many places. Merchandise in a store like the Mombasa Marketplace shop in Africa is often carefully positioned and colorfully on display.

Shop Repetition in Disney's Animal Kingdom
Colorful merchandise for sale inside the Mombasa Marketplace shop at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida. Nikon D750/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/4.5, ISO 6400, EV +0.3, 58mm Focal Length.

For more on this subject, check out this article, How to Use Pattern and Repetition in Photography Effectively.

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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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