Random Epcot Photos! Plus, Something Different.

By Cory Disbrow on October 23rd, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Spotlight   |    9 Comments

Happy Tuesday everyone! I’ve been in somewhat of a photographic slump lately, and when that happens, it becomes a little difficult to write about photography. But, we know that you guys (for some strange reason!) enjoy the content from the site. So, for today’s post, I’m going to share with you some photographs that I created yesterday after having a delicious lunch at Via Napoli. I know that these are not my best work, which is why I’d like to include you all in today’s post. I would absolutely love it if you all would critique the photos I’m posting today. As photographers, we’re all learning constantly, and I think it is important for people to judge your work in both positive and constructive fashion. So please, anything you like, let me know. Anything you don’t like, let me know. Just make sure to join in the conversation! That said, here are the photos!

So, that’s it. For anyone who happens to be curious, all the photos in the post were taken with the Olympus OM-D E-M5 mirrorless camera along with the Olympus 45mm f/1.8 Prime Lens. Thanks for reading, and critique away!


  1. Tom Bricker   |   Oct 23, 2012


    1) It’s a unique perspective, but nothing amazing. Great for something that offers a gallery-style look at Epcot.

    2) Composition and depth of field are spot-on here, but lighting is harsh and the color doesn’t add much. Maybe go black and white with a high-contrast process?

    3) Is what it is.

    4) Best shot of the bunch. Great storytelling composition and nicely lit. I really like this shot.

    5) Don’t like the proximity of the light pole to the viking. Guests seem haphazard here rather than purposeful.

    6) Love the composition and look here, but the flowers look nasty. Obviously that’s out of your control.

  2. Laura B   |   Oct 23, 2012

    You are all so much better at lighting and composition than I am, and more advanced technically than I am, but here’s my first reactions to each photo:

    1. eh. Love the background, but foreground is just enough out of focus that it’s distracting to me.

    2. Love the photo, hate the shadows.

    3. Yes, it’s been done before, but truthfully, you could post 100 of these, each only slightly different, and I’d make a gallery out of them. I just love this perspective of SSE!

    4. Maybe it’s because I never think to take these shots, but I love this one! Here, the shadows work. I love the angle, and the dashes of light across the subject.

    5. Moving may not have made a difference, but as I look at it, I just keep feeling like I want to step left/angle to the right. I think it may have something to do with the guests on the left.

    6. The more I look, the more depth I see. SSE really pops againt the sky/clouds, giving it more of a 3D feel. I love the little hint of the water in the center, the lone palm rising above the flowers. I just wish the flowers weren’t so ragged!

  3. Isabelle Boivin   |   Oct 23, 2012

    Hello Cory. I’m not fluent in english, so I’ll do my best ;)
    1- I love the foreground, but something is missing in the back. Colors are good for me
    2- I love it. yes the shadow is a bit disturbing but I prefer shots that are not “too clean”. makes it more real. My favorite
    3- Nice wallpaper ;)
    4- Really nice, nothing to say
    5- I feel a bit lost in this shot; someting is missing to grab my attention
    6- I think that if you crop a bit (less green) it will be nice
    Anyway, probaly so much better than what I do ;) Have a nice day.

  4. Kristopher Michael   |   Oct 23, 2012

    Specifically for the first and last images I like what you were going for however those shadows really minimize what’s going on in the image. I think if you tried exposing both for foreground and then background to finally create a blend would be awesome and really allow for all those tones and shades to pop at you! Everything else is pretty neat!

  5. Carolyn   |   Oct 23, 2012


    1) Love the building, but I might dodge a bit of the leaves in the foreground to give a bit more depth & brightness instead of it being a big dark green mass. I might also blur the foreground just slightly more to lead the eye directly to the building.
    2) Again, I might dodge or brighten the dark leaves a bit to give more texture & highlights.
    3) I like it. :)
    4) I like this one too, even with the dappled light.
    5) The tones are so even across this shot that the Viking just blends into the background. Perhaps if the people and background were more blurred into the bokeh?
    6) I might have composed this a little differently; so the flowers only took up the bottom third (or less) as opposed to half the frame.

  6. Bob R   |   Oct 23, 2012

    Just for the sake of curiosity, did you try taking any of these photos with your Canon camera? I’m wondering if they pick up light differently, specifically in image #2, which looks like the scene is poorly lit, but maybe your eye is used to paying attention to lighting conditions that work better with your primary camera.

    Here are the rest of my amateur ramblings,
    #1 – awesome scene and interesting perspective through the plants, looks over-saturated, would like to see how this looks cropped with the restaurant moved from the center of the frame
    #2 – great scene, bad lighting
    #3 – like the perspective and blue sky, though it looks tinted a little on the “cool” side
    #4 – really good subject, might like to see a little more color, but not sure about that
    #5 – I had same thought as Laura B, about moving (I was thinking to the left); I like to shoot Vikings from low angle, though that’s been done a lot; also agree about distracted lamppost + figure just generally doesn’t stand out from the background
    #6 – nice perspective, I wouldn’t cropped this a lot tighter

  7. DonnaMac   |   Oct 23, 2012

    Sorry you are in a slump. I find when I am in a slump I shoot what I love. It is ok if you are not alway in the mood to shoot/love Disney. Shoot what you love and it will inspire you to shoot other things.
    1). I love the composition. I would take the adjustment brush in Lightroom and open up the plants a little.
    2). I know it was the wrong time of day but hey most people are there when they are there. I don’t live there and so I want that memory and have to shoot when i have the time. cant shoot everything in morning and night. I would turn it black and white.
    3) I always enjoy seeing it no matter what.
    4) I thing it should all be sharp or better blur down the line.
    5) I love the Viking just not the back of his head. Move
    6). I love it and I am totally jealous of your awesome sky.

  8. Steve Burns   |   Oct 24, 2012

    Just a couple of comments:

    On the first photo, I would try to pull a little more detail out of the foliage in the foreground. It looks a little too dark to me.

    On the last photo, Spaceship Earth looks great, as do the clouds in the sky. But the out of focus flowers distract me. I think I understand what you were going for, but perhaps the flowers shouldn’t take up so much of the frame. Either that, or have the flowers in focus and the bokeh on Spaceship Earth.

    Nice work overall!

  9. What to Do at Epcot   |   Nov 2, 2012

    Like the perspective of Spaceship Earth with the flowers. It’s like walking a long ways, finally arriving, there it is in the distance….And gorgeous sky! Where were the flowers?



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