Following up on Matt’s post of his Top Disney Photography and our discussion in Episode 13 about our favorite Disney photographs, here are some of my favorites as well, along with an attempt to explain why I like them.
I had mentioned this photo of Cinderella Castle in the podcast as being one of my favorites. I always like this side of Cinderella Castle, probably because you don’t see quite as many photos of it as you do of the “front” side. Also, I take many more daytime shots than night shots, so I don’t have as much practice with my night shots. So I was happy that this one turned out just about like how I wanted it to look.
I also mentioned this shot of Spaceship Earth at Epcot in the podcast. Another example of nighttime photography turning out well for me, which it sometimes doesn’t. I always like Spaceship Earth photos, because the huge sphere is impressive to me. And the colored lights on Spaceship Earth at night make it even better.
This photo of the Polynesian Resort was another photo that I had mentioned in the podcast. To me, the Polynesian is full of great photo opportunities. I have always liked the lanterns on top of the posts near the water, and getting a photo with the lanterns illuminated at night was cool.
I have another favorite Polynesian Resort photo, and it is this one. I really like it for the clouds and the sunset colors which are also reflected in the water. Interestingly, both of these Polynesian photos were taken from about the same location, but I used different lenses on my camera, which gives them quite different looks. And also, they were taken just about a year apart, too.
This old photo of World of Motion at Epcot has always been a favorite of mine. It reminds me of the photos from the official photo souvenir guides that were sold at the time. And I also like how the sun was reflecting off the upper windows. Of course, this photo has a good bit of sentimental value as well, because World of Motion is long gone.
Here is another old photo from the days of film cameras, this time of the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea at the Magic Kingdom. I loved the ride, and I loved the movie, too. And it was always cool to see these large submarines sailing through the lagoon.
Family photos are always good, too. I like this photo of Laura and Jaylin in front of Cinderella Castle because it looks like there aren’t that many people around. Actually, it was a typical summer day that day, but I’m not sure why there weren’t that many people in front of the castle at the moment. But I’m not complaining.
This photo from Tomorrowland in the Magic Kingdom in the early morning hours is a favorite of mine because of the almost dreamlike quality to it. The light was just right that morning, and you can see that the sun was just starting to hit the tops of the Tomorrowland structures. And also, Laura and Jaylin are there at the right, so that adds a personal touch to it, too.
One more Cinderella Castle photo, because you can’t have too many of those, can you? We happened to walk on the pathway from Liberty Square to Cinderella Castle at just the right time of the evening, so of course I had to stop for a photo. The people at the left of the photo are some of those from our group waiting patiently for me to finish.
As Matt said, choosing favorites isn’t always easy, because they can change from day to day. And it is hard to pick just one or two favorites, or even just a few, so these are just a sampling of my favorites. If you want to see more, head over to The Adventures of Steve, where new photos (not just Disney photos) are posted all the time.