Category Archives: Photography

Snapshot Sunday: Art of Animation Resort exterior

Snapshot Sunday: Disney's Art of Animation Resort at nighttime
Snapshot Sunday: Disney’s Art of Animation Resort at nighttime – shot with a Sony RX100 II

I love Disney’s Art of Animation Resort in Walt Disney World and took this photo of the exterior at nighttime. I wanted the car in the photo because it shows how huge those pictures are, but the car is dark enough to not draw the eye away from the building. The resort has themed sections and rooms for each of the movies depicted.

I chose an ISO of 800 to preserve the quality with little grain and because nothing was moving I was able to use a low shutter speed of 1/30 with an aperture of 2.8.

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Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. at Disney California Adventure

Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Disney California Adventure - shot with a Sony RX100 IV
Snapshot Sunday: Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! in Disney California Adventure – shot with a Sony RX100 IV

Today’s photo is a scene from the Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue! attraction in Disney California Adventure. Disney sure has seemed to have perfected the art of making you feel like you’re in the middle of one of their animated films, and the Monster’s Inc. attraction is chock full of beautiful scenes!

Shooting in dark rides is a challenge. Using a flash is not only frowned upon by Disney but it would totally wipe out the carefully chosen lighting of the scene. Just look at how the characters pop out in this scene, thanks to the lighting. I wanted to capture the characters, but it was also important to capture the doors which are much more dimly lit.

I chose an ISO of 3200 which I thought was the lowest I could go. The difference between 3200 and 6400 can be quite noticeable with this camera, and although you would see a bit of grain if you blow this up to poster size, it’s relatively low for such a high ISO. In rides, I almost always want to use the lowest aperture simply because it gives me the chance to use a higher shutter speed which works well when you’re moving on a ride. The first time I went through this I tried a shutter of 1/125 and this scene was just too dark for that.  Although I was in a moving vehicle, I know the characters weren’t moving much so I took a gamble and tried a bunch in this scene at 1/60  and this one came out really well.

Give it a try, and if you get any monstrously good photos, share them with me!

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Snapshot Sunday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom information

Snapshot Sunday: Disney's Animal Kingdom information
Snapshot Sunday: Disney’s Animal Kingdom information – shot with a Sony NEX-5N

This isn’t my fanciest photo, but I just love this art style around Disney’s Animal Kingdom. I took this photo when the sun was hitting it just perfectly and giving me the bluest sky for the background. Whenever I take photos of signs I try to step as far back as I can and zoom in on the sign. This gives a much better perspective than standing close and pointing your camera up to the sign.

I used an ISO of 100 with an aperture of 5.6 and a shutter speed of 1/800 for this.

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Snapshot Sunday: Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic show

Snapshot Sunday: Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic aboard the Disney Wonder
Snapshot Sunday: Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic aboard the Disney Wonder – shot with a Sony RX100 II

This Snapshot Sunday photo was taken on a Disney Cruise aboard the Disney Wonder. The ship’s show, “Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic” is a Broadway-style spectacular which includes all the best of what Disney has to offer.

I took this photo with my Sony RX100 II and used an ISO of 800. On my RX100 IV I probably would have gone up to 1600. I used the minimal aperture, which was 2.8 since I zoomed in a bit. I purposely kept some of audience silhouette to show it was a live show. Because there was some quick action I should have brought the shutter up at least to 160 and then brightened the photo later, but I got lucky with a shutter of 100 and still retaining sharpness. I love the how the natural lighting helped make Mickey and Minnie the focal point.

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Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros

Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot
Snapshot Sunday: Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot on a Sony RX100 II camera

Today’s Snapshot Sunday photo is of the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros at Epcot in Walt Disney World. The Three Caballeros, José Carioca, Donald Duck and Panchito, tend to pop up all over the attraction and I love these Mexican children playing with a Donald piñata.

I always try to take photos without a flash to preserve the carefully designed Disney lighting. Since this attraction is pretty well-lit and we’re not moving too fast in our boats, I used a 1600 ISO on my Sony RX100 II camera. I’ve gotten great low-noise results up to 3200 on my RX100 camera and up to 6400 on the RX100 IV. I tend to intentionally underexpose the photos a bit in attractions so I can use a higher shutter speed and then I brighten it up either in ACDsee or Photoshop.

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Snapshot Sunday – Epcot Flower & Garden Hook and Pan

It's Snapshot Sunday! Floral versions of Captain Hook and Peter Pan in 2014 at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
It’s Snapshot Sunday! Floral versions of Captain Hook and Peter Pan in 2014 at The Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival (Camera Sony RX100 II)

It’s Snapshot Sunday! On Sundays, I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos I’ve taken at Disney Resorts and on Disney Cruises. Feel free to write or comment if you want any more details about the photos, such as settings I used, etc.

With The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival going on now, I thought I’d post my favorite of the festival topiaries from 2014. In the United Kingdom pavilion, you see floral versions of Captain Hook on the lookout for Peter Pan, who’s perched high on a rooftop above him.

With the beautiful sun and skies in Florida this was a pretty easy photo. In fact, the sun was lighting just the right parts for the image. Nothing too fancy, I used an ISO of 400 and a higher aperture just to be sure the Peter Pan was in full focus in the background.

 

From 1995 – Disneyland in the Tournament of Roses

Happy New Year to all of you from Scott and Shani! We are grateful for all of you who have been enjoying our blog and posts! Back in 1995, when we were married for less than two years, we had the privilege of photographing the Tournament of Roses for Disney, who not only had a beautiful float in it, but provided the pre-show as well. We thought you may enjoy these photos from that New Year’s day 21 years ago!

Disney provided a wonderful pre-show for the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
Disney provided a wonderful pre-show for the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney's entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney’s entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney's entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
From 1995, Disney’s entry in the Tournament of Roses parade
Here's a close up of Donald Duck on the Disney float in the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade
Here’s a close up of Donald Duck on the Disney float in the 1995 Tournament of Roses parade

A color photo of Animator’s Palate on the Disney Wonder

The Animator's Pallette restaurant aboard the Disney Wonder
The Animator’s Palate restaurant aboard the Disney Wonder

After our last post of the new Colortopia exhibit about color at Epcot, I thought it would be fun to post this photo I took of the creative Animator’s Palate aboard the Disney Wonder. It may look like a black and white photo, but it’s not! Completely colorless, this fun restaurant is sure to chase your blues away! It’s representative of the initial artwork of Disney animation, but before your dinner is finished, you just might see some color!

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Sherman Brothers with Randy Thornton 1992

Richard and Robert Sherman (right) with Michael Leon, Harold Kleiner and Randy Thornton of Disney Records
Richard and Robert Sherman (right) with Michael Leon, Harold Kleiner and Randy Thornton of Walt Disney Records

I took this photo back in 1992… 23 years ago! My friend, Randy Thornton (pictured in the middle in the photo above), a producer for Walt Disney Records, was producing a new CD exclusively of Sherman Brothers music. Richard and Robert Sherman were called in to help out, and Randy was kind enough to invite me over, too! Those were such great times, and I’m so grateful to Randy for all he did for me! Check back here at our “Mouse Clubhouse” blog for my interviews with Randy, and Richard Sherman as well!  (Be sure to sign up for email updates to be notified when I post the audio of Randy and Richard’s interviews!) Sadly, I never interviewed Bob. He was a good friend, and I just loved spending time with him, but never did a formal interview with him. Luckily, I’ll always have my photos and memories of him.