Samurai Horseman – World Showcase, Japan Pavilion Epcot

We’ve visited the Japan Pavilion quite a number of times over the years – it’s difficult to find new ways of photographing familiar things. The two samurai on horseback that stand guard to the castle have proven to be photographically “tricky” for me. What I mean is that I’m never really satisfied with my images – they lack the sunshine that would make them pop.

They’re beautifully presented statues, wonderfully sculptured and highly detailed but lack bright natural lighting. With that said, here’s my best “shot” at making something out of a poor original image.

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Oh how I wish this sculpture were out in the open against a beautiful blue sky!

And while we’re at it, the torii gate is another of my hard to capture icons at the pavilion. The Epcot background always throws me… who wants to see the “golf ball” peeking from behind the gate!

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No Epcot “golf ball” but now we see France and England in the background!

If you haven’t had the chance to wander around the Japan Pavilion at Epcot yet, please find the time. Carol and I will often spend an entire afternoon strolling through the many beautiful exhibits and of course you’ve got to see Mitsukoshi Department Store.

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Thanks for stopping by!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Chris & Carol ^.^

 

Favorite Disney Ride?

Carol and I have been venturing to Walt Disney World ever since September of 1973 – our first “big” date together and the first time we realized that we were in love with one another. It’s always been our special place.

Over the years many rides and attractions have come and gone – our first trip together Disney used the Ticket Book system where you only had X number of certain tickets before you needed to buy more. The “E” ticket rides were the most desirable.

We’ve had our favorites – Space Mountain, Grand Prix Raceway, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain and of course, It’s a Small World and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Our new BEST favorite ever since it came out??? We’ll give you a clue – it’s on this sign.

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So that means we’re in the ever changing Disney Hollywood Studios – and it’s on this sign.

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Nope!

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Nope again!

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Nope, not the Muppets in 3D…

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It’s Buzz and Woody’s Toy Story Midway Mania!!!

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By far we have the most fun and laughs on this ride – shooting 3D stuff at an arcade is a blast!

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WE LOVE IT!!! Hope you’ll give it a try if you haven’t been – it’s worth it big time!

Cameras: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170 and Samsung Galaxy S4

Lots of Disney love! Chris & Carol

Disney Details – looking up in the Magic Kingdom has its rewards…

If you’re a fan of all things Disney like us, you never get tired of visiting the parks. So much to see and do. Whether it’s your 10th visit or your 100th, Walt Disney World is full of treats. In this case those treats are found by simply looking up.

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Disney is famous for its Main Street storefronts and their exceptional attention to detail – the “second floor” windows are often covered with little photographic gems and tributes to Disney family, employees, artists and cast members.

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Elias Disney was Walt Disney’s father.

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Members of the Animation Department for Walt Disney Studios.

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Members of Disney’s Animation and Art Departments.

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Roy O. Disney was Walt’s older brother and motivator to get Walt Disney World completed in Florida after Walt’s death in 1966.

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The next time you visit one of Disney’s parks, take the time to look up. You’ll be rewarded with wonderful details and a touch of whimsy at every turn.

Thanks for your visit!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris and Carol

3 Parks 1 Day! 10 hours! WooHoo!

Not bad for an experienced couple – we fell in love in the Magic Kingdom back in 1973, honeymooned at Disney in 1974 and celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in 2014 at Disney! I believe Carol and I have bankrolled a few Disney movies over the years with what we’ve spent – worth every penny!

Some additional rescued images from my dead hp laptop –

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At EPCOT for only one reason… 

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The “Tower that Carol will never ride” at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

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Disney’s forgotten park – Hollywood Studios.

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Not quite NYC.

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My Carol ^.^

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Chris’ new favorite throwback WDW jacket from the 1970s!

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Gotta have a Disney door!

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Our daughter always had to test the paint to see if it was wet! 2 cute!

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Ye be Pirates!!!

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The hat’s gone now!

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Slick ride!

Adios Disney’s Hollywood Studios!

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Monorail to the MK!

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Next stop the Magic Kingdom!

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How awesome!

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Gotta see Jack… that’s Captain Jack Sparrow if you please.

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Savvy

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At the Whispering Canyon Cafe at the Wilderness Lodge.

We’re done for that day!!! More Disney soon.

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Thanks – Chris and Carol

Finding the Magic Kingdom!

While recovering some lost images from my now deceased hp laptop, I came across these pics that I’m somewhat proud of. Why? Because taking pictures in Disney World is not easy. How many times can you take the same shot over and over? How do you look at something that you’ve seen hundreds of times and still find an interesting point of view? How do you make the thousands of people “go away”?

Here’s some examples –

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Cindy’s Castle from behind. A tight crop in the camera while pointing it nearly straight up with a wide angle lens. A dramatic sky helps too.

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No peeps view! I had to wait until the last person cleared the bridge. I like the sky in this one too and it’s shot from a Tomorrowland viewpoint.

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While driving (slowly) I held the camera out the driver’s side window… no they wouldn’t let me get out of the car to take this shot. How many times have I driven under that sign and wanted to take a picture???

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Another tight crop in the camera while holding the camera over my head to make the people go away. Gorgeous day too!

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Hi Megan!!!

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Green means we’re in!

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Welcome!

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Crazy contrast! And yes the sky was that blue!!!

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Not so haunting.

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Yes it is – but an expensive one.

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I’m thinking “UP”!

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We’ve always seen a face.

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Almost golden.

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Time to go…

Thanks for hanging with us!

Camera: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W170

Chris and Carol