Contemporary Shapes

By Cory Disbrow on January 30th, 2013   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    2 Comments

For today’s post, we’ll look at a shot I took yesterday of Bay Lake Tower, with an assist from the Contemporary.


This photo was one I had no intention of taking, had the quick idea for, thought was terrible, and almost deleted on site. I was taking some photos of the Contemporary and Bay Lake Tower from ground level, and I was just hating the look I was getting on Bay Lake Tower. I was shooting with a wide angle lens, so the distortions were just really bad, to the point where the building was looking bloated. I saw the staircase that leads to the second floor convention area, and decided to give it a try and see if I could make a shot from there.

But, I am really happy that I kept it on the memory card, as when I got home and loaded it up in Lightroom, I fell in love with it. The large overhang that shades guests and runs along the side of the Contemporary provides a great leading line to the bridge, which in turn then draws the eye to Bay Lake Tower. I would be lying if I said that were intentional, but I do think it’s cool! This shot also has lots of cool shapes, whether it be the sleek straight lines of the Contemporary, or the curves of Bay Lake Tower. There are also neat shapes in the pavement, like the circle, and the alternating squares of white and red pavement.

Since this one was taken with an ultra wide angle lens, there was still some corner distortion, which was pretty distracting, especially on the left of the frame, with the straight lines of the Contemporary. Thankfully, that was solved with one click by using Lightroom’s Lens Corrections profile for the lens I was using.

This shot was taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L USM Lens, both of which can be purchased on Amazon. Thanks for reading!



  1. Shawn Kerr   |   Feb 4, 2013

    I think that’s a cool shot. I like the Contemporary in the foreground, my only ‘dislike’ would be the weird shadow coming off the Contemporary along the walkway. But what you can do, the sun does what it wants.

    But that’s a view of BLT that I haven’t seen. Glad you kept it!

    • Cory Disbrow   |   Feb 5, 2013

      Ah, yeah, that is a little distracting. It is also something that can probably be painted out in Lightroom of Photoshop. Thanks for catching it!



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