Monorail Monday

By Cory Disbrow on April 22nd, 2013   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    3 Comments

Today’s photo is a monorail on a Monday, but with some interesting perspective as well.


This photo has been done many times before. The reason for that is, well, it’s simply epic. The monorail is a Disney icon, and seeing it pass Spaceship Earth is one of the most welcoming sights for any WDW fan. When my fiancee and I entered the park, I knew the monorail was about to pass, so I briskly walked to this spot. After taking the shot, she asked me if this one was better than all the other monorail shots. Perhaps she just doesn’t get it and I’ll have to have Ryan sit her down and teach her the importance of monorail photography. Normally, I don’t love Monorail Silver for photos, but I thought the uniformity with Spaceship Earth made it quite nice here. It was also right as the sun was starting to come down, so the light was pretty great as well.

Speaking of that light, here’s the interesting perspective part I mentioned in the beginning of the post. As most of you know, my primary camera is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. I’ve been Canon loyal for almost 5 years. I love the system, the lenses, everything. Maybe a little more dynamic range would be nice, but that’s for a different conversation. This shot was taken with my secondary camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M5. This is the camera I’ve been taking to the parks a lot more lately, due to the fact that it is so light and small. It isn’t intrusive, doesn’t draw comments at bag check like “You must be a photographer” from security guards, and it has simply fantastic image quality. As I was editing this shot, I was going through my normal workflow, and I realized that I couldn’t have made this shot any better with my 5D as compared to the little mirrorless Olympus. Good light and getting the exposure right in camera was really the more important part of making this shot, not the camera. Also, this shot was taken with the kit lens that comes with the OM-D, which is a little PLASTIC lens that sells on the used market for usually less than $100. That’s a fraction of all the Canon L lenses I have.

Now, in the end, it’s not like I’m going to be getting rid of my 5D anytime soon. It still blows away the Olympus is super low light situations, and has better image quality. So, if I’m going to make a big print of a shot for my living room, I’ll probably use the 5D. But, it’s great to know that I can just go lighten up and shoot with the Olympus when I don’t feel like lugging everything around and being weighed down. I’d love to hear all of your thoughts in the comments below.

This shot was taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 and the Olympus 14-42mm lens, both of which are available at Amazon. As always, if you shop at Amazon, please click the links here in the article, as anything you buy afterward will help support the site. Thanks for reading!



  1. Larry White   |   Apr 22, 2013

    Well done and well stated. As you know, I have a 5D MIII too. I’ve become a bigger and bigger fan of lighten up and shoot,so I purchased the OM-D for that exact reason. I’m looking forward to using it next week at WDW and leaving the 20lb bag behind!

  2. Alan Rappa   |   Apr 22, 2013

    Another 5DM3 owner, & OMD shooter here. I’m already debating on what gear I’m going to bring with me for Photo Magic. Leaning towards leaving the 5DM3 and just running around and having fun with the OMD.

    Want to expand my kit a bit more. Would like to get something wider. Eyeing up options right now.

  3. Robert   |   Apr 22, 2013

    Great shot! I haven’t been using that kit lens much; this pic has convinced me I should be! I wouldn’t go so far as to say the 5DM3 blows away the Olympus in super low light situations. The high ISO noise performance of the Olympus is very impressive to me. I don’t get any noticeable noise shooting up to ISO 6400. But the stabilization of the Olympus blows away the stabilization of the 5DM3, allowing you to shoot handheld at much slower shutter speeds, so you can get the same shot at a lower ISO without a tripod.



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