Telling Stories

By Cory Disbrow on June 5th, 2013   |    Posted in:  Daily Disney Photo   |    1 Comment

Today’s photos comes to us from Buena Vista Street at Disney California Adventure.


It has been quite a while since we’ve posted a DCA photo, and also quite a while since I’ve edited some of the many that I took on my most recent trip out there. So, I dove into my libraries, and of course, my Buena Vista Street photos were screaming to be edited. There is just something about that area that I fell in love with. That said, this shot was not actually an easy one to get, even though the relatively simple composition says otherwise.

The Storytellers statue is very effective, in my opinion. It is a perfect counterpart to the Partners statue across the Esplanade, as it shows a young Walt, one who isn’t propped up on a pedestal, and is still very much just one of us. Someone with a dream, but scratching and clawing to get by. It is wonderful to see that parallel, but when it comes to taking photos of this statue, it becomes difficult as everyone wants their photo with their arm around Walt, something that cannot be done with the Partners statue. This means that if you want a nice and clean photo like this, you must have some patience. The other large difficulty is the lighting. If you try to get this shot during the morning, it simply won’t work out for you. All the light in the morning comes from pretty much right behind the statue, thus making any photos really backlit. So, you must wait until the later parts of the day to get some nice light for the scene. Nighttime is also a wonderful time to photograph the statue, as they light it really nicely, and the palm trees behind make for a very nice background.

I opted to shoot this at both f/1.4 and f/2. I like the way the f/1.4 image renders the background, but I decided to go with the f/2 image here, as the difference in sharpness and clarity is really quite large. This presents a fun lesson for most lenses, as if you go a full stop smaller than the maximum aperture, you will likely start to see excellent sharpness. So, if you have an f/2.8 lens, f/4 will in most cases be where the lens really sharpens up. That is, of course, unless you have glass like the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 Mark II that costs over $2000 and is just sharp from the start!

This photo was taken with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens, both of which are available at Amazon. If you shop at Amazon, please click the links here in the article, that way a portion of what you buy will help support the site. Thanks for reading!

1 Comment

  1. Hilary   |   Jun 7, 2013

    I made my first visit to Disneyland last month and as I walked around, people were complaining about BTM and Space Mountain being closed. For me, by far the bigger disappointment was this statue being covered up. Fortunately it was reappeared on my last day there – even better, there was no one around save for the Photopass photographer!



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