During our May trip, I had some time to myself to enjoy the park and continue working on my EPCOT photo bucket list. As I was making my way out of EPCOT, I decided to take a slightly different route, because I wanted to shoot the Imagination Pavilion and the monorail as it passed by. I think it worked out pretty well.
In a later post (or maybe a series?) I’ll have more to say about our day at EPCOT, but here’s the short version – that was our only day at EPCOT for the trip, so I was determined to make the most of my opportunities to shoot at EPCOT. That meant staying after Illuminations and shooting some empty park areas like I got to do in 2016. And I wanted to try get some different photos this time.
Other than quick point and shoot images, I’ve not really shot the Imagination Pavilion or the monorails. As I made my way towards the Imagination Pavilion, this shot just kind of came together. All I had to do was wait for a monorail to pass by. Luckily, I didn’t have to wait very long.
I had plenty of time to set up my MeFoto tripod, setup my faithful Nikon D5300, this time using the plain old kit lens I (18-55mm). I shot at ISO 100, f/8 for 30 seconds.
I really like how this turned out – the blurred monorail as it passes through the frame, while also taking on a translucent quality that still allows most of the Imagination Pavilion features to show through. It has a dreamlike, unreal quality that I really like.
And as more time passes, that entire night takes on more of an imaginary, dreamlike quality. I was living a dream by having a quiet walk around the park. Not having to rush on to the next attraction, meant I had plenty of time to shoot. I thoroughly enjoyed a chance to photograph places I don’t often get to visit. I enjoy any opportunity to spend time shooting. There’s no doubt the Walt Disney World Parks and Resorts are my favorite photography spots.
The image does what I’d hoped when I shot it. It takes me right back to that moment at one of my favorite places. It’s one of the best shots I got the entire trip.