These are just the various images that I have that don’t fit anywhere but are from Epcot. So why not throw them into one big pile and go from there.
I round out the national tour of Epcot with Morocco. I still have some random snaps to share but the predominate country themes are over with. The entire “country” of Morocco was designed to be like a souk with weaving passages and shops scattered about. This is the one county in Epcot that I noticed didn’t push the usual Disney themed crap that the others sold. To give it a more authentic feel as well the smell coming from the restaurant in the place was amazing. You could smell the spices coming out of it along with the roast lamb and chicken.
I first went to Epcot 22 years ago with my sister. I was obsessed with all things Norwegian back then. So I made her eat Norwegian food. I enjoyed it. I think. No real memory of the meal. I do remember the Mickey Mouse shaped butter.
As I started to travel internationally I realized I preferred warm places versus freezing cold. The fjords of Norway are lovely to look at on TV and pictures but if you need me I’ll be in South East Asia somewhere. It’s warm there!
When I returned to Epcot again with my Mom we ventured into Norwegian territory again. This time I had a camera to document the experience. It reenforced my preferences for warm weather locals.
I had Depeche Mode’s Personal Jesus stuck in my head while I was doing these images. It’s one of the most covered songs ever. Even Johnny Cash covered it on one of American Recording albums.
For those of you that are practicing Buddhist’s I recognize that one of these is not Buddha. For those of you that are unfamiliar with Buddhism here is a hint, Buddha was not a fat, happy guy. I just liked the image.
This week will be a Disney week as I finally got off my ass and edited all the images. So it will be an around the world trip by the end. These images represent nothing that is country specific but were shot in “China”. The rest will be very country specific and very obvious. You will also get to see Florida’s weather in all its glory as the light shifted on me throughout the day.
I had a different version of this ready to go today but I just didn’t like how it came out. The good thing about digital images is you can always go back and redo them!
In Florida it seems you do not escape the afternoon thunderstorm. You could have an extremely hot and sunny day and by late afternoon you will see the clouds start to form and the wind start to pickup. I saw this storm brewing and stopped and snapped a picture of it.
The connecting theme for all these images in the monorail track that travels between the various parks within Disney World. The reality is I liked the light in the sky and the reflection off the water and the track just happens to be there. This is more abstract style landscape then normal but I find it relaxing and interesting to edit because there are lots of bits to play with.
Epcot’s geodesic dome reminds me of moons rising up over an alien planet hence the name. Some say that Orlando, Florida is another world in itself as well so it works for that as well.
I recently bought Noiseless Pro and ran it through these images and pleased with the result. The Macphun tools see a lot of use in my landscape images along with my Nik tools that I often run. Well worth the investment. Noiseless Pro did a much better job of removing noise without sacrificing sharpness and I found I could go back into the image after running it and do a light smart sharpen in Photoshop to get that little bit back that I lost.
For those interested, shot handheld with my Sony RX100M3.
Well, not really. The giant Epcot Geosphere in the distance gives away where I was when I took this picture.
The light for this image was a nightmare. I didn’t play with the sky at all. The afternoon/evening thunderstorms were rolling in and half the sky was a the sky was a threatening grey while the other half was the glow of a setting Sun as the clouds slowly overtook the sky and the thunder and lightening were in the distance.
Or to be more exact, the Disney version of China located in Orlando, Florida. I guess the Disney version of China works if you can’t go to the real thing. I will give Disney their kudos for having native speaking staff at every country. It does give the experience authenticity. In every country I would hear the staff speaking to each other in their own languages. Made it more immersive.
So enjoy this Disney version of China.