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Old 12-12-2012, 10:27 PM   #121
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Excellent updates!

Those are the best fireworks pictures that I have ever seen. So amazing!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:06 AM   #122
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The Snack party sounds awesome! I've never tried so many of those snacks! It's quite appalling.

Franklin's IllumiNations photos are, once again, AMAZING. I can't wait to see what he got the rest of the evening!
Thank you so much!

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Excellent updates!

Those are the best fireworks pictures that I have ever seen. So amazing!
Thanks for the compliments!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:20 AM   #123
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Before we continue I almost forgot that I took a video of Sugar Ray at the Eat to the Beat concert.
Enjoy “Fly” by Sugar Ray. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7JIHL-8mKs

Our last chapter, we watched Illuminations from the preferred viewing spot from Snack Attack. Missy was pretty beat from the long day and especially from her medical treatment the day before. So she made her way back to Beach Club. What was I doing? Well, Epcot had EMH that night that would last until midnight. I thought this would be a great opportunity to shoot Epcot at night and with fewer people.

I didn’t have a set plan for this. So, I just started at the closest country and worked my way around the world showcase. I also wanted to experiment with a new lens Missy bought me a while back. It’s an ultra-wide angle lens. Actually, we bought it from someone most of you are familiar with, Tom Bricker (from the Disney Tourist Blog).

So with my tripod in hand, I headed off.


Onward we go to... Mexico!


This series of photos my camera is on a tripod and the exposures are between 10 and 30 seconds long.



Then over to Norway...


A mosey over to China...


And a stop in Germany.


On some of the wider shots I tried to get up close to get a different perspective.



I also had a 50mm f/1.4 lens for some blurry-background goodness.


Onto Italy!
While I was taking shots at Spaceship Earth, I turned around and saw Italy nicely framed up for me with the gondola.


Closer to home at the American Adventure Pavillion...
Yeah, I was pretty much in the fountain for this.


Went further East to Japan...





Hey! It’s Moroco, you know, where I was supposed to meet Missy earlier in the night.





Next was a little jaunt to France.

This one took a while to get right. I wanted to retain detail in the bright fountain yet make sure the background wasn’t too dark.



I guess I skipped the United Kingdom. Oops, sorry!

Oh, Canada, you’re up next.

If you look really hard, you can see stars in the sky. This was nearly a one-minute exposure.



Missy wanted a photo of the lights in the sidewalk. I like this shot with people in it, so you don’t lose context.





And there’s always room for a few more photos of Spaceship Earth.
A gorgeous moon was rising over Epcot.



Apparently, I had a thing for fountains that night.



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It was a good thing Missy wasn’t with me this night. I was taking a long time choosing what to shoot then more time setting it up. She would have been bored out of her mind. But she does get an idea of it later in this trip when I shoot Magic Kingdom at night.

Midnight had finally come. Though I could have stayed a bit later until they kicked me out, I was too tired anyway. Back to Beach Club for me. I got back to the room and of course Missy was passed out.

Not just yet for me. I have a nightly routine on our trips. I make sure all the electronics are charging for the next day. I copy the all the day’s photos onto another device -- I always have 2 copies during the trip. And I reorganize the camera bag for the next day. I take a lot more camera gear than the average person, so the lenses and accessories get tossed around. It all has to stay organized so I can get to things quickly. Photo opportunites don’t usually wait for you, especially at Disney.

That’s it, my solo night in Epcot. What’s your favorite country in the World Showcase? Are there countries you like better at night than at the day?
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Old 12-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #124
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Just beautiful!!! The World Showcase is really pretty-and your photos are amazing. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:10 PM   #125
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Beautiful, Franklin.

(And, just want to say, I just finished my second night at Epcot - your Illuminations hints helped a lot )
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:46 AM   #127
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Wow - words can't really describe how awesome your photos are! I especially love the one of Italy and Japan (w/SE in the background). I would have to say that it's a toss up of which country is my fav - both Germany and Japan are my favs. Can't wait to see the MK shots!
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:37 AM   #128
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What a beautiful photo shoot of Epcot!

How fun that your tour started with a picture of you and your camera & tripod.

I love the perspective on the picture of Italy. The two pictures of the twinkling lights made me smile. Awesome!

And I haven't really noticed the designs in the sidewalk in front of Space Ship Earth before. Very cool!

I'm embarassed to admit that when we travel with the boys, we don't spend much time in the World Showcase. I think my favorite country is Mexico- the plaza is fun, the boat ride is ok (it was much better before the ducks invaded) and the pyramid is intriguing.

Japan has a lot too offer too, with the huge shop, beautiful and peaceful gardens and sushi!


Thank you, Franklin, for offering a pleasant distraction today.
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:40 AM   #129
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Wonderful shots of Epcot. You did an amazing job of capturing its beauty at night!

I love Japan, and your photo really did it justice.

I'm also impressed at how you captured the sidewalk lights. Love how the people are silhouetted in the background.

One of the great advantages of staying at the BC - wander Epcot until your heart's content, and then it is only a few steps to home!

Can't wait to see more of your photos!
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:54 PM   #130
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AMAZING World Showcase photos!!!
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Old 12-16-2012, 05:38 PM   #131
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Wow, Franklin! Once again, your pictures are absolutely gorgeous. I'm pretty dense when it comes to photography talk, but it seems like whatever you did with those pictures was the right thing to do! Excellent job! I especially love the photo from China, and the 'pavement light' ones! Beautiful.
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Old 12-16-2012, 06:55 PM   #132
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OH. EMMM. GEEEEEE. Holy awesome photos!

Wow. Simply gorgeous. I love all of the pavilions but especially love the shot you got of Italy with the gondola.

Your photos transport me right back to the happy place.

The Disney Food Blog snack event looks awesome. How cool to have all of the iconic snacks available in one place in mini form and be amongst other Disney lovers???
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:31 PM   #133
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Stormalong Bay is definitely one of the great perks of staying at the Beach Club. It's one of my favorite resorts for sure.

Look at your toes in that picture! So so cool.

So Franklin sinks too huh? I have a friend that can't float either. I definitely don't know what that feels like. I'm extremely buoyant.

Man, that commute to Epcot from the Beach Club is a killer, isn't it?

Haha, I totally remember getting your first booth visit wrong on Facebook. LOL.

I used to be so in love with Mark McGrath back in the day. Love love loved.

Yay on finding a dress! That's so awesome.

Hahaha, thank goodness you guys ended up finding each other in the end.

That party sounds amazing! I so want to go. So so want to go. I remember looking at this update on my iPhone and being like OMG!

The carrot cake cookie is freakin' amazing, isn't it? That and the red velvet cupcake are definitely my favorites.

Yay, Franklin fireworks pictures! They get me every time.

Franklin, your pictures are just absolutely breathtaking.
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Old 12-16-2012, 08:39 PM   #134
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I love your ears. How did you make it where you can change the bow?
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Old 12-16-2012, 10:28 PM   #135
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As for a camera suggestion, I would recommend the Canon S110. It's a very capable point-and-shoot that isn't too intimidating. It packs in more high-end features, like manual controls and RAW format, than bling features. It has a 5X zoom which is more than most people would need. My "everyday lens" on my big camera zooms the same distance and then I'll switch to lenses that don't zoom at all. Zoom with your feet! The main reason I like this camera is its amazing image quality. It "only" has 12 megapixels, which is an advantage in small cameras. High megapixel cameras, like 16 or 20MP, just shove more pixels in the same space which actually reduces image quality. It's that darn physics getting in the way. But people don't need more than 16MP anyways, unless they are printing 20x30 posters all the time.
Here's a review: http://www.photographyblog.com/revie...t_s110_review/

There is also last years model, the S100. Same image quality but is about $70 less and the main difference is that it doesn't have a touchscreen and wifi.



So glad you posted this...... read review too... looks like a nice camera and at a reasonable price point...



Thank you! I work for an architecture firm doing space planning for medical facilities. Not that creative, unfortunately. You could say Disney is my outlet.

you are very talented... just saw the most recent update and those photos are incredibly lovely...

And if you haven't found the BC thread yet: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3025785


Thanks for this... planning on checking it out ....

Hmmm... funny your WS question... I'm always a huge fan of the whole France, Morocco, Japan stretch...

I'd have to say nightime adds a whole new depth of appreciation for Germany and Italy- there are some details there in those night photos you took that I don't notice as much in the day... as well as the outside of Mexico... those were pretty great too- some of that detail doesn't stand out for me as much in the day...

oh... honestly your photos are awesome... they make all the countries look great...
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