Photo Essay: A Busy Disney Day
One of the things that I am constantly trying to improve upon in my photography is the concept of being able to tell a story without having to write a long and bloated caption or paragraph that accompanies it. If you follow me on Flickr, you’ll see that I’ve cut back significantly on my captions, and in many of them simply suggesting that you have a great day as opposed to what the photo is about. One great way to practice this is to come up with little photo essays. With a photo essay, you don’t have to tell your entire story with one image, you can branch it out over several images. So, for example, here is a short photo essay, A Busy Disney Day.
So, for the sake or learning, I’d like to completely contradict my above paragraph and break down the images displayed here and why I included them in this essay. The first image is there to show just how many people were in the park. That image is very accessible to anyone, even a non-Disney person. They can tell that this place is full of people. The second one doesn’t really make sense unless you understand the fact that the Swiss Family Treehouse never has a wait longer than “how fast you can walk through”. The third image shows a queue of people waiting for an attraction to reopen after going down for technical difficulties. The fourth shows makeshift queues because the regular space for people to wait in line was filled to the max this particular day. Finally, the last image showcases the day of a Cast Member who basically turns himself into the attraction entrance with just a little flag.
These might not be photos that you would take if you were on a ‘once every three years’ type Disney vacation. But, if you frequent the parks, finding one common thread across a park and using it to tell a story is a pretty fun way to shake things up. And besides, you can always apply anything photography related that you would do in a Disney park to photography anywhere else, whether you live in a big city, the country, suburbia, etc. Give it a try sometime!
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