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Some Simple Storytelling

By Cory Disbrow on October 10th, 2012   |    Posted in:  Disney Photo Tips   |    1 Comment

Happy Wednesday everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve made any posts, as life has rendered me quite busy lately. But I’m here with a quick post today.

First, I’d like to thank all of you for the wonderful response we’ve gotten to our new Halloween eBook, our FREE Halloween app, and our new iPad wallpaper apps. Your continued support really keeps us going, and pushes us to create new products and content, so thanks!

For today’s post, I wanted to share with you all some shots I’ve taken recently at the parks that illustrate storytelling, all in different ways. Here’s the first one:

For this shot, I tried to tell the story of watching Jim the pianist on Main Street from the view of that of a child. We see so many kids roaming around the parks, and sometime I wonder what it must be like to be a kid again, and see the parks for the first time. Moral of the story is, sometimes it really pays off to get a nice low angle on a subject, as it can drastically change how your image turns out.

This second image is one to show that storytelling can happen by using a wide angle lens as well as by going tight. I hang out on Center Street relatively often, as it is a nice place to get away from the crowds and the hustle and bustle. I also like to sit there and remember what it was like before Disney swallowed up the other side of it in favor of merchandise. I loved how in this shot though, you can just imagine this being any old town in the world, not necessarily a theme park, with someone sitting underneath a tree, taking a break from walking their child.

This last one is my favorite, and it came across purely by chance. I was walking the park, looking for landscape shots to take. I’ve been in a mood to shoot big landscapes lately for some reason or another (probably after hanging out with Tom and Ryan over the EPCOT30 weekend!). But during my stroll, this little gem just popped right into my arms. It is always neat to see this little area that Disney carved out for us to watch as the trains come down the Forbidden Mountain of Expedition Everest. But, I think it is rare that a moment comes along where every single person is staring right up at it, almost like a crowd of moviegoers fixated on a captivating film.

It is fun to capture the static environments of the Disney parks, but it is also really cool to actively seek those special moments that make us enjoy the parks so much. I very strongly think that there is no coincidence that all of the photos in this post have people in them, either as the subject, or as a secondary part of the frame that adds to the overall story. I guess Walt was right when he said, “You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.” Thanks for reading, and I’ll see ya real soon!!

1 Comment

  1. Chris   |   Oct 10, 2012

    Good article. The shot at Everest is awesome.

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